Volume 40,   Issue 8                                  August  2005


Jerry Heider of Ferro Announces Retirement
Gerald L. “Jerry” Heider, worldwide business director for Glass Systems at Washington, Pa.-based Ferro Corp., has announced his retirement, effective July 31. He has more than 36 years of service to the glass industry. 

“Jerry and I worked together for nearly 20 years, beginning with Drakenfield,” said Bob Martel, a long-time friend, colleague and former vice president of Ferro’s Color and Glass Performance Materials. “While the company has made several changes since then, Jerry’s knowledge of the glass business, reputation in the industry and relentless commitment to customers were each key factors in making glass systems one of the most consistently successful and profitable businesses over the years.”

new hires
AAMA Hires Code Consultant in Florida
The America Architectural Manu-facturers Association (AAMA) has hired Dick Wilhelm to serve as a consultant in the Southeast region. Wilhelm is a lobbyist with many years of technical experience in high-performance fenestration glazing and will now be responsible for handling code and legislative activities in Florida.

In his new role with AAMA, Wilhelm will be representing both AAMA and AAMA Southeast Region before the Florida Building Code Commission, the Florida State Legislature and the Florida Product Approval Program.

“In addition to lobbying for code and policy acceptance of Southeast AAMA proposals, Dick will provide regular and timely reports to AAMA members on related legislative issues and product approval issues within Florida,” said Rick Walker, AAMA executive vice president.

Sigi Valentin will continue to serve as director of the AAMA Southeast Region and represent the organization at building official expositions and educational conferences within the Southeast states. He will work with Wilhelm to develop code proposals and revisions based on directions from AAMA members.

Croak Named New Technical Service Manager
Graham Architectural Products, headquartered in York, Pa., has promoted Bruce Croak to manager of technical services. As a member of Graham’s sales and marketing department, Croak will assist customers in all aspects of technical-related issues, including those involving structural, thermal and product applications. He also represents Graham on NFRC committees for non-residential products and performance testing procedures.

Jim Lee Promoted to President of JLM
JLM Wholesale has announced that Jim Lee has been promoted to the position of president. Lee has more than 20 years of industry experience and will be responsible for all business aspects of the company.

“For the past six years Jim has been responsible for our Charlotte, N.C., operations,” said Ray Baldwin, owner. “He has consistently shown his skills in growth and expense reduction. I am equally sure he will do a fantastic job managing the entire business. I am proud to have him at the helm.”

Pringle Named Senior VP at Sika; Employees Complete InstallationMasters
Sika Corp. of Madison Heights, Mich., has named William L. Pringle as the new senior vice president of the company’s Industry Division. In this position, Pringle will be responsible for assisting with the commercialization of new products and the existing product line management for all industry market segments served throughout the United States.

Prior to accepting his position with Sika, Pringle spent three years with Owen’s Corning Automotive, where he most recently served as director of North American OEMs. He was also with Dow Automotive for 12 years.

In addition, a number of key field representatives and technical and marketing personnel for Sika Corp.’s industry division have completed Installation-Masters™ level RLC-1 training. The training, completed in December 2004, involved the following personnel and Sika’s on-staff InstallationMasters certified instructor: 

Greg Moran, market field manager;
Russ Livermore, market field manager;
Scott Andromalos, engineering technician;
Dennis Burk, area manager;
Bruce Carriere, director of sales;
Jim Connery, manager national accounts;
Mike Durham, area manager, Sika Canada;
Pat Finn, area manager;
Mike Hoydic, area manager;
Ralf Kubli, area manager;
Steve Kuncio, area manager;
Brian Marks, area manager; and
Jim Merdler, area manager.

The class was taught by Mark Daniels, product engineer, a certified InstallationMasters instructor.

Harmon Inc. Announces Personnel Changes 
Harmon has announced that John Bendt has been named vice president of glass services and that Michele Eggenberger has been hired as a national account sales representative.

Thomas Stark has also joined as a business development manager. He will specialize in renovation of existing structures/adaptive reuse with the company’s 13 offices nationwide.

Two recent appointments have also been made at Harmon’s Baltimore location. Louise McCartney has joined as a project manager for glass services and small contracts and Bonnie Amersbach is a new glass services customer service representative.

Also at Harmon, Alan Gordish has been named a project coordinator and Fred Haas an estimator serving new construction customers throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia.

Harmon has also expanded Craig Gibson’s responsibilities. As the general superintendent for Ohio. He is now responsible for all of the state and surrounding areas. He will be managing field labor and safety for the company’s new construction contracts there.

Gary Andrus has been promoted from sales coordinator to sales representative. In his new role he will be focusing on renovation and adaptive reuse needs for existing commercial buildings in the Ohio area.

Kaba Announces New Sales Team Additions
Kaba Access Control of Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced changes within its sales organization.

Charles Hayes is now the business development and OEM manager for North America, serving the United States and Canada. He will be responsible for developing the company’s access control business through new channels and also through maintaining and cultivating OEM opportunities. Previously he served as the company’s product manager for Simplex push button locks.

In addition, Roger Bergstrom has joined as Kaba’s product trainer. He will conduct certification and training classes for Simplex, E-Plex and Peaks product families in the United States and Canada. He has 20 years of experience in the access control and locksmith industry.

GANA Announces Two New Chairs 
The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) division has named Max Perilstein, vice president of marketing for Arch Aluminum and Glass Co. Inc., its new division chairperson. Perilstein replaces Andy Gum of Thomas Glass Co.

“My primary goal as BEC division chairperson is to spearhead the efforts of GANA in the commercial fenestration and contract glazing industries,” said Perilstein. “Our organization is the best possible tool available to the industry, promoting architectural glass in construction. With its annual BEC Conference, the Contract Glazing Educational Conference for project managers and estimators, a new educational manual coming in the next few months and so much more, the BEC division is making strong inroads in the industry.” 

Perilstein has worked in the industry since 1991, starting at PDC Glass & Metal Services in Cheswick, Pa. He moved to Michigan in 1997 to become general manager of PDC Glass of Michigan, before joining Arch in 2002 as director of marketing. He was promoted to vice president of marketing in 2005.

In addition, GANA’s insulating division has announced that Timothy J. Moore of PDC Glass & Metal Services/United Glass Corp. will serve as the chairperson of the insulating division’s new technical committee. 

“I appreciate the division’s support in choosing me to serve as [chairperson] of the insulating division’s technical committee,” Moore said. “We have created a mission statement for the committee and are currently working on various glass informational bulletins, technical documents and projects that will serve the industry and architectural community. Our committee will work hard to help shape the IG industry.”

Moore serves as the manager of technical services at PDC Glass & Metal Services/United Glass Corp., a position he has held since 1996. 

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