Volume 40,   Issue 5                                 May  2005

news makers


PPG Chair to Retire after 25 Years with the Company 
PPG’s chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO) Raymond W. LeBoeuf has announced he will retire July 1 after nearly 25 years with the company and eight years as chairperson and CEO. As part of PPG’s succession plan, the company’s board of directors elected Charles E. Bunch, 55, as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Bunch will become chairperson of the board and CEO July 1 upon LeBoeuf’s retirement. 

LeBoeuf joined PPG as treasurer in 1980 after holding various financial management posts at Ford Motor Co. He became PPG’s controller in 1984, vice president of purchasing in 1986, vice president of finance and chief financial officer in 1988, and vice president of coatings in 1994. He was elected executive vice president in 1994, and continued to lead the coatings business until early 1995. He was elected president and chief operating officer and a member of PPG’s board in December 1995. 

Bunch was elected president, chief operating officer and a PPG board member in July of 2002. After joining the company in 1979 as an assistant to the corporate controller, he served in a variety of assignments in the United States and Europe before being named corporate director of purchasing and distribution in 1988. He became general manager of architectural coatings in 1992, vice president of that unit in 1994 and vice president of fiberglass in 1995. He was elected senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services in 1997 and executive vice president/coatings in early 2000. 

Long Retires from Salem Distributing
Robert A. Long, president and chairperson of the board of directors for Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Salem Distributing Co., has retired after 28 years with the company.

Long has been credited with guiding Salem from a small regional distributor to a nationwide company with annual sales nearing $30 million.

Long attended Cornell University for mechanical engineering and has a master’s degree from the University of Delaware. He developed a spiral-wound felt wheel for glass beveling, and also worked with various vendors to develop efficient products for applications in the flat glass, ophthalmic, stone and precision industries.

Long is being succeeded by Howard Hanes, vice president. Michael Willard, vice president of sales and marketing will be appointed to the board of directors. 


Goyal Named VP for Graham’s Blast Products
R.C. (Raj) Goyal has been named vice president and general manager of Graham Architectural Product’s new blast mitigation products business unit. Goyal will also continue in his role as the director of marketing for the company’s commercial window corporation.

“Today many government buildings and military barracks require blast-hazard mitigation windows that maintain the architectural integrity of the structures,” said Goyal. “I am honored that Graham has selected me to head its new blast mitigation products unit, which will make special products tested to meet DOD-UFC and GSA blast-protection levels, up to level D. These unique fenestration products are designed to ‘protect the protectors,’ the men and women who represent our nation’s first line of defense.”

Goyal has more than 30 years of experience in the architectural products industry, and is an active member of a number of associations including ASME, CSI, ASTM, NFRC, PGC, NGA and AAMA. He attended the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in materials sciences and metallurgical engineering. 


Bennison Awarded for Research Efforts
A research paper co-written by DuPont’s Stephen J. Bennison has received the Orr Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The paper, titled Mechanical Response of Cracked Laminate Plants, analyzes the dual roles of interlayer and glass properties regarding the design of glass laminates. The paper is a supplement to the current body of literature on glass fracture and failure investigations. Other authors of the 2002 paper were Dr. Anand Jagota (then with DuPont), Professor Sunil Saigal and Dr. Muralidhar Seshadri (then both of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University).

According to DuPont’s announcement, Dr. Bennison and his colleagues provided a framework for ascertaining the failure probability in the glass ply, therefore enabling a more prescient design for laminated glass structures. The information can be used to create a set of fragment patterns that are most likely to occur upon glass fracture. The polymer layer and glass-polymer interfacial bonding can then be designed to meet the residual strength criteria.

Viracon’s Financial Services Manager Recognized by NACM
The North Central Affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) has named Jerry Drake, CCE, financial services manager for Viracon Inc. of Owatonna, Minn., the 2004 Credit Business Executive of the Year. The peer-reviewed award is given to an NACM member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within the organization and contributed to its growth and development through volunteer services.

For more than 30 years Drake has been an active NACM member, and is also a board member of NACM North Central and incoming chairperson for 2005-2006. He has also served as chairperson of the National Improved Construction Practices Committee (ICPC) and the National Construction Industry Credit Group. He earned his certified credit executive (CCE) designation in 2000.

“Jerry really deserves this honor,” said Don Pyatt, president of Viracon. “He has shown the same dedication and leadership here at Viracon throughout his 20 years with the company.

Both Viracon and Apogee have benefited greatly from Jerry’s participation in NACM.”

Peerless Products Recognizes 2005 Sales Award Winners
Peerless Products, of Kansas City, Mo., has announced the recipients of its 2005 sales awards.

John Seymour and Brian Kiesling of JLS Enterprises, who cover California and parts of Nevada, won the Sales Representative of the Year award.

Those honored in the Two Million Dollar (and above) Sales Club were:

Bob Boyer of Building Products Specialists; Ed Carpenter of ECCO Window Systems; Ray Girard of Girard and Associates; Gary Latham of Latham Arch Products; and John Seymour and Brian Kiesling of JLS Enterprises.

new hires

Harmon Inc. Names New Southeast Sales Executive
Harmon Inc. has named Ted Farnen its Southeast sales representative. Farnen, who is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., will be supporting Harmon’s offices in Lithia Springs, Ga., and Orlando, Tampa and Boynton Beach, Fla.

He has 20 years of experience in the construction industry and in his new role will be working with property developers and owners, envelope contractors, architects and general contractors.

Farnen previously worked for Reed Construction Data. 

Thad Ziegler Glass Hires New Contract Department Manager
Charles Lechlinder has joined Thad Ziegler Glass Ltd. as the new manager of the company’s contract department.

He has more than 30 years of glass and aluminum industry experience in both the commercial and residential sectors.


Kaba Appoints Rick Eisen as Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Kaba Access Control of Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced that Rick Eisen has been appointed its Eastern regional sales manager. He is replacing Mike Langendoerfer.

Eisen has been with Kaba for more than ten years. During that time he has served as national sales manager for Kaba High Security Locks and central regional sales manager for Kaba Access Control. His most recent position was security solutions specialist with a focus on loss prevention; he will maintain this responsibility in his current position. 

DORMA Names Duncan CEO and President of Architectural Hardware 
Scott Duncan has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of DORMA Architectural Hardware. He will be located in the company’s Reamstown, Pa., headquarters and responsible for all aspects of the company’s business, including sales and marketing, operations, engineering and product management. 

Prior to joining DORMA Duncan was managing director/Europe, for Southco, a manufacturer of latch and access control hardware. He has also held senior management positions within various divisions of Ingersoll-Rand.

Duncan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State University and a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. 

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