Volume 40,   Issue 11                      November  2005


Grenzebach Corp. Appoints New Technical Director
Grenzebach Corp. of Newnan, Ga., has announced that Gerald Haas is its new technical director. Previously he served in various positions at ITW in Glenview, Ill.

Haas has two technical degrees and a master’s degree from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, U.K.

Grenzebach Corp., which is headquartered in Germany, manufacturers production equipment for the flat glass and construction metal industries. It has more than 100 employees in Georgia. 

Guardian Names New Regional Sales Manager 
Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich., has named Dan Wright regional sales manager for its glass group in the Southeast region. In this new position, Wright is responsible for all glass sales in Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, as well as sales out of the company’s Richburg, S.C., Galax, Va., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., facilities.

Wright began his sales career at Guardian in May 1995 at the Richburg, S.C., float glass plant. He later moved to the DeWitt, Iowa, plant during its startup in 1996 where he worked as a customer account manager. He was most recently regional sales manager for the Central region.

He is a graduate of the University of North Florida, and has a bachelor of science in finance.

Will Rich Promoted at Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing of Beachwood, Ohio, has announced the promotion of Will Rich as a business leader responsible for overseeing product stewardship, marketing, technical service, product line forecasting, business planning and strategy development and implementation.

Rich joined the company in 1997 as a district sales manager in Houston, and was serving as the eastern division sales manager prior to his promotion. He also served previously as an infantry officer in the United States Army, and received the U.S. Army commendation and meritorious medals during his military career. He later worked as a sales representative for Baxter Scientific Products and Eagle Picher before joining Tremco.

Rich has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from Texas Tech University.

new hires
Harmon Announces Promotions and Additions
Harmon Inc. has announced that Mike Murray is the new senior project manager at its Boynton Beach, Fla., office.

Murray has 26 years of experience in the construction industry, including having worked with architects, consultants and general contractors. He began his career with E.G. Smith Construction Products of Pittsburgh, and has held numerous supervisory and management positions with Glassalum International Corp., SPS Corp. and Flour City Architectural Metals.

The company has also added Anthony Sullivan and Keri Ramirez as sales representatives to its service and small contract team in Chicago. Both are working closely with Illinois general contractors and construction managers on new construction, replacement and interior tenant build-out projects.

In addition, Harmon has hired two new staff members for its corporate office in Eden Prairie, Minn. Alla Epshteyn joins the company as a business analyst. Epshteyn will handle internal reports for human resources and financial forecasts, among other things, and she serves as a technical support contact for employees. Marie Gustafson was hired as the new sales and marketing assistant.

Harmon has also hired Jason Hering as a project coordinator working with Chicagoland general contractors, architects and building owners and property managers. Hering received a bachelor of science in architectural studies from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in construction management at Auburn University. 

At its Cincinnati office Harmon has promoted Mike McCarthy to project coordinator. 
He began his career with Harmon six years ago in the fabrication facility where he was involved in the cutting, assembling, glazing and delivery of the company’s window systems. He also served as safety coordinator and helped maintain the shop’s KanBan system, part of its Lean manufacturing practices.

Michael Springer joins Inex Spacer
Inex Spacer Inc. has hired Michael Springer to serve as its sales and marketing manager for the United States and Mexico. He will be responsible for the sale of the company’s warm edge spacer to insulating glass manufacturers in the two countries. In addition, he will be developing a marketing strategy for the introduction of bending equipment to be used with the company’s warm edge spacer.

Prior to joining Inex, Springer served as a senior application engineer with Guardian Industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing and an associate’s degree in industrial engineering technology from the University of Toledo. 

He will be based in Walbridge, Ohio.

Saint-Gobain Names Puccio VP of Finance
M. Shawn Puccio has been named vice president of finance by Saint-Gobain Corp. She previously served as the company’s vice president, internal control services. In this new position, Puccio will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the company’s finance functions.

Prior to joining Saint-Gobain, she was a partner at Pricewater-houseCoopers LLP.

Mike Smith Joins Viracon to Serve the U.K. and Europe
Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., has hired Mike Smith as its architectural products manager for the United Kingdom and Europe.

Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry, and has worked in such areas as product and strategic business development, architectural and technical sales management and customer service management. He has worked closely with architecture and design firms as well as glass manufacturing organizations in Europe, Scandinavia and the United States, and major construction companies and processing partners in the United Kingdom.

“Smith brings a wealth of experience and leadership to Viracon. In the past, he has collaborated with Viracon, serving as a liaison between architectural practices, Viracon and glazing contractors,” said Joe Effertz, Viracon's international business development manager.

“He provided technical assistance, specification writing and budget planning.”

ASTM Recognizes Two Dow Corning Employees
Kenneth Yarosh and Lawrence Carbary, technical experts on silicone sealants for the building construction industry with Dow Corning, have been recognized by the American Society of Testing Materials International (ASTM) for their contributions to their field. 
Yarosh, European technical manager for global construction, was awarded the ASTM International Award of Merit and the accompanying title of “Fellow.” This is the highest honor designated by ASTM International for individual contributions in the development of industry standards. 

Carbary, an associate industry scientist, was awarded the Sealants Hall of Fame Award for his service to the ASTM C 24 committee, which develops standards for building seals and sealant technologies. This is the highest honor awarded by the committee.

Both Yarosh and Carbary have more than 20 years experience in the industry and are long-time members of ASTM International. Yarosh serves as the vice chairperson elect for committee C 24 and Carbary chairs the ASTM C 24 international standards and adhesion subcommittees.

Dwyer-Owens Receives Support Sector Champion Award
Gordon H. Mansfield, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, presented Dina Dwyer-Owens, president and chief executive officer of The Dwyer Group, the Support Sector Champion Award in June. The award was part of the Fourth Annual Champions of Veterans Enterprise program, which recognizes significant contributions by organizations and individuals who are dedicated to expanding business opportunities for veterans and service-oriented disabled veterans.

Wagner Cos.’ Employee Receives Award for Volunteer Service
Henry N. Bills, recently retired from The Wagner Companies of Milwaukee, Wis., was awarded the Frank A. Kozik Award for outstanding volunteer service to the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. The National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) presented the award to Bills at its annual convention in New Orleans in March.

According to NOMMA, Bills served several times as supplier director on the NOMMA board and has sat on the standards, membership, insurance and OSHA communications committees. He is known for his work on the NOMMA standards committee as well as his work with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bills retired from The Wagner Companies after 39 years. 

Norman Klatt, Vice President of Sales, Glasstech Inc.

Norman Klatt, vice president of sales for Glasstech Inc., passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2005.

Klatt was hired by the three founding fathers of the company on December 1, 1980, and was the company’s first marketing and sales professional. In the early days he sold equipment worldwide and signed contracts with customers in North and South America and in Europe. During the last 12 years he concentrated on expanding the Asia-Pacific market. It is estimated that Klatt was responsible for approximately one third of the company’s sales worldwide. 

In June 2005, Klatt was presented with Glasstech’s first President’s Award by Mark Christman, president of Glasstech, for opening and developing the Chinese market and for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of marketing and sales. 

Christman and John S. Baxter, senior vice president, marketing and sales, said of Klatt, “He remains an example and an inspiration to all who worked with him. Norm will be missed but not forgotten.”

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