Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2004


new hires
Taliani Joins Arch’s Bridgeport Operations
Arch Aluminum & Glass has announced that Robert Taliani has joined its sales team in Bridgeport, N.J. 

Taliani, who joins the company from PDC Glass in Pennsylvania, will cover central and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as parts of New Jersey.

“Any time you can add experienced talent, such as Rob, it’s great,” said Steve Perilstein, national sales manager. “I’ve known him for a long time, and he is bringing so much to the table for us, plus he’ll fit in great within Arch’s culture.”

Major Industries Announces New Sales Manager
Based in Wausau, Wis., Major Industries has announced the hiring of Chuck Braun as its new national sales manager. Braun has previous sales experience with HUFCOR, Beam Industries and Weather Shield Manufacturing.

In his new role Braun will provide sales leadership, including business development and closing sales in North America. In addition, Braun will provide channel development with glazing contractors, general contractors and installers.

Nana Wall Systems Hires George Wiedenhofer
Nana Wall Systems Inc. of Mill Valley, Calif., has announced the hiring of George Wiedenhofer as Eastern sales manager. Wiedenhofer will be responsible for managing 27 independent sales representatives throughout the East Coast.

Wiedenhofer graduated from Alfred State College in 1981 with an associate in applied science degree in architectural technologies. He began his management career in the window and door industry in 1986, and has held titles such as regional and national sales manager, and was responsible for sales programs across the United States.

Silverman and Weiner Leave PDC-Pittsburgh
United Glass Corp. (UGC) has terminated the employment of Marc Silverman, president of PDC-Pittsburgh and Louis Weiner, vice president of operations at PDC-Pittsburgh. Both men are company shareholders. 

Neither Larry O’Connell, UGC chairperson and chief executive officer, nor Jack Deyo, UGC eastern president, were available for comment. 

Silverman was contacted, but declined to comment saying that it would not be appropriate.

Sprayway Announces Management Change 
Sprayway Inc. of Addison, Ill., has announced that Michael Rohl has been named president and chief executive officer. Rohl has been with the company for more than five years, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

Robert Potvin was promoted to senior vice president. 

Tony Schwab, former president and chief executive officer, will 
continue to consult while maintaining his ownership interest in the company.

Ed Scott Selected Co-Chairperson for FGLC Committee
Ed Scott, president of Glass Group, a Denver-based developer of Internet order management solutions for the flat glass industry, has been selected to serve as a co-chairman for the Flat Glass Logistics Council’s (FGLC) data standards committee. The FGLC was formed in April of 2003 with a mission to review and address distribution issues inherent in the glass industry. 

Scott has worked in the glass industry for the past six years as a branch manager for AFGD. He has more than 20 years of experience in distribution management. He is also the creator of The GlassLink Network software, the Glass Group’s signature vehicle for order taking and processing procedures used in the glass industry.

In addition, Scott is knowledgeable in Basic and dBase programming languages, and has four years of experience consulting with small business clients on computer system design, utilization and efficiency-management issues.

Scott attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Miami Extension University (now Wright State University) in Dayton, Ohio. He is a member of the Foreman’s Club in Dayton.

According to Frank Davis, executive director of the FGLC, Scott’s extensive experience writing retail software and working with retail shops will be beneficial to the committee.

“Ed Scott is at the retail basis and has worked with a lot of firms … we want him to bring as many software firms as possible into this,” said Davis. “We selected him to co-chair this committee because he was interested, motivated and willing to include everybody.”

Alumax Announces Three Promotions
Alumax Products has recently announced three promotions.

John C. Anderson, who has been with the company since 1987, has been promoted to the position of sales representative. He joined the company as a bath enclosure product fabricator and was later promoted to the position of shop lead man and shortly thereafter became a customer service representative. 

Kent Estes, who has been with Alumax since 1986, has been promoted to the position of national sales manager. Previously, he served as Western region sales manager.

Bobby Thompson, who began his career with the company 17 years ago as a marketing intern, has been named marketing/national accounts manager.

Industry Leader, Donn Sanford, Dies
Donn W. Sanford, CAE, former president of both the Aluminum Extruders Council and the Aluminum Ano-dizers Council, died Monday, August 30, 2004, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 64. 

In 1975, Sanford first established a company that could manage multiple trade associations, The Sanford Organization Inc., which he sold in 1999. He served as president of the Aluminum Anodizers Council from 1992 to 1994 and again from 1997 to 1999. In the role of chief staff executive, Sanford held the title of president of the Aluminum Extruders Council from 1980 until his retirement from active client service in 2000. 

In May 2000, at the Seventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar, Sanford was recognized with the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence, making him one of only five industry leaders to have been so honored since the award was established in 1984. 

Sanford is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children and three grandchildren.

Daniels Earns InstallationMasters Certification
Mark Daniels, a product engineer with the industrial business unit of Madison Heights, Mich.-based Sika, has received certification as an AAMA Instal-lationMaster trainer.

“We are now in the process of training each of our area managers in the AAMA InstallationMasters program techniques,” said Barry Kutch, vice president of Sika’s industrial business unit. “This reinforces the value equation of our area manager expertise to Sika customers.”

Ken Brenden, chief designer for Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems, was honored recently with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) architectural products group distinguished service award. 
The distinguished service award recognizes individuals for dedicated service, personal contributions and outstanding participation as a member of the architectural products group. 

Brenden has served Wausau as the company’s AAMA voting representative since 1993 and currently serves as second vice president of the association’s curtainwall/storefront/
sloped glazing council. He is also chairperson of the thermal barrier and board research committee task groups.

In addition, AAMA awarded scholarships for 2004 to two students who exemplified academic achievement. Ray Garries of Jeld-Wen, a former president of AAMA and member of the scholarship advisory committee, presented the scholarships at the AAMA summer meeting, June 13-16, 2004. 

Brian Zhou, son of Genwen Zhou of Millennium Chemicals in Glen Bernie, Md., was named AAMA’s architectural products group scholar. Zhou plans to major in electrical engineering. 

The AAMA residential products group scholarship was awarded to Marie Schmidt, daughter of Carl Schmidt, an engineer at Bristolite Skylights in Santa Ana, Calif. Schmidt plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley and major in mathematics.

“Because of the extraordinary generosity of AAMA members, we were able to award a second scholarship this year, something which we hope will become an annual tradition,” said Garries. 


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