Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


Julie Schimmelpenningh 2006 GANA President

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) will install Julie Schimmelpenningh as its new president at Glass Week 2006, which will take place January 28-February 2 in Dana Point, Calif. Schimmelpenningh, who is the technical applications manager at Solutia Inc., discusses her activities and involvement with GANA and the industry with USGlass.

Q. How long have you been involved with GANA? The industry? 
A. I have been involved with GANA since around 1993 when I gave a presentation to the laminating division as Solutia’s technical service representative. I have been involved with the industry in general since 1988 when I started working for [Solutia when it was still called] Monsanto.

Q. Tell me about some of the projects and activities within the industry with which you’ve been involved. 
A. Some of the most memorable projects are some of the smallest from a laminated glass volume standpoint, but being on the design team for the encasements for the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence was probably one of the most memorable projects I’ve been involved with, followed closely by the Olympic Torch used in the Salt Lake City games. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on the development of several standards through ASTM and AAMA, as well as guidance documents and manuals through GANA. 

Q. As the incoming GANA president, what are some areas you think are important?
A. To the glass industry, the most important issue is to ensure the continued prominent use of glass in construction. This has to be done by educating our industry and then our industry’s customers on the proper use of glass and all the value it can bring. We need to demonstrate the protective qualities of glass—protection from the elements, as well as assaults. We need to demonstrate the energy efficiency, as well as the psychological benefit from natural daylighting. We need to learn and utilize as much recycling capability for our products as we can so that we are not a hindrance to the environment. We also need to ensure that any regulations that are put forth are well thought out and do not bring unnecessary costs that could be detrimental to the ease of use and availability of the products. All this needs to be done while we watch for the influx of products from foreign lands and the growth of markets on a worldwide basis.

Q. How do you feel about being the first woman GANA president? 
A. Being associated with GANA is an honor that is not gender specific. There have been some incredible people walking in the shoes I am about to fill and I am truly glad that they are still around for me to grill with questions when the time comes. There is also a fantastic board of directors that will be an invaluable resource for me. I am looking forward to working more closely with the entire GANA/ASC staff. In the years that I have been on the board, I have watched our executive director, Stan Smith, bring an entirely new level of professionalism to the organization. I have no doubt in my mind that I will be working with the best technical director an organization could find in Greg Carney. We have the creative genius of Brian Pitman making us look good on the web everyday; and behind the scenes Ashley Charest is keeping everyone sane while she runs around like a chicken with her head cut off meeting seemingly impossible deadline after deadline. I also know that Linda Brink and Carol Land are always there to step up to the plate no matter what needs to be done. 

Q. What are you most excited for in the upcoming year?

A. I am most looking forward to getting to know and understand our members. I want to find out what they need and want out of the organization and start some inroads to implementing desired changes. I am also looking forward to helping our two newest divisions (flat glass and insulating) grow as much as we can and keeping our older divisions invigorated with new tasks and activities that give them strength, prominence and technical sophistication in the industry.

Q. What are some of your resolutions for the new year?

A. From a work related standpoint, I am going to try and clear my inbox of e-mail on a daily basis! I truly expect (like many resolutions) by day two I will have some lingering e-mail that will blow this out of the water, but I am resolved to try. From a personal standpoint, I have all the standard ones: eat less, exercise more, get more sleep etc. ... (by the way, I expect these will be out the window by day three, just so you know), but most importantly will be to spend as much quality time with my family as I can.

Edgetech I.G. Inc. Names Joe Erb Product Manager
Larry Johnson, executive vice president for Edgetech I.G. Inc. of Cambridge, Ohio, recently announced that Joe Erb has been named product manager. Erb’s responsibilities will include direct support, marketing and sales of various new product areas, including the Uvekol® liquid laminate product line, liquid laminate tape, the Super Spacer® Tri-Seal™ product line, commercial business development and assistance with new product launches.

Erb joined Edgetech in 1994 and previously held the positions of technical sales manager in the Western region and technical services manager. He is an active member of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and Insulating Glass Certification Council.

Stephen Lotz, vice president of operations for Mason, Ohio-based Basco, announced that John Burgoon has been appointed director of quality assurance. Burgoon’s main re-sponsibility will be to develop best practices for manufacturing shower enclosures, and then to apply and integrate them throughout the 

Burgoon brings 15 years of experience in a variety of business process improvement and team building programs to the job. Prior to joining Basco, he worked for Xomax where he held a variety of positions including engineered products supervisor and lean manufacturing engineer.

Nanette Lockwood Named Legislative Affairs Manager at Solutia Inc.

Solutia Inc. of St. Louis has named Nanette Lockwood, P.E., legislative affairs manager of its governmental affairs team. In this position, she will identify and manage key state and federal legislative initiatives, develop strategic relationships, build coalitions in the industry and government and manage lobbying efforts for all Solutia businesses. 
Prior to joining the company in 2004 as hurricane market manager for the Laminated Glazing Interlayers (LGI) division, Lockwood was the director of building codes and engineering at the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). She also held project management roles with a number of engineering consulting firms and has extensive experience with regulatory bodies, building officials, architects, engineers and window companies. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering (mechanical concentration) and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida. She holds a professional engineer license in Florida. 

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