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Volume 41,   Issue 2       February 2006



Juba Aluminum Products Reorganizes

Juba Aluminum Products Co. Inc. of Concord, N.C., has restructured its management team. Ron Perdue has been appointed general field superintendent and Mike Murray has been named senior project manager for project management.

Formerly field superintendent, Perdue has been with the company since 1995. He has 22 years of field experience with 16 years as field superintendent in the construction industry.

Mike Murray, formerly of Harmon Inc.’s Boynton Beach, Fla. office, has been senior project manager with Juba since November, 2005. Murray has more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, with extensive experience in formal testing procedures.

Paolo Sandri Appointed at Z. Bavelloni

Paolo Sandri has been appointed managing director of Z. Bavelloni, part of Glaston Technologies Inc., a division of Kyro Technologies. He joins the Kyro Group from the automotive industry, where he has been employed since 1987. 

Among his previous job titles, Sandri served in management positions in production, product development and sales and service operations for Fiat Group.

“Sandri’s experience of these areas, essential to Bavelloni, is a good starting point for continuing profitable growth and innovative development,” said Pentti Yliheljo, president and chief executive officer of the Kyro Group and Glaston Technologies.

Intra Product Development Join Forces With Bystronic

Through its recent acquisition of Intra Product Development, the Bystronic glass group of Hauppauge, N.Y., will offer a complete manufacturing solution from glass cutting through to the finished product. Renamed the Bystronic Solution Centre, the company will continue its development of technologies that are designed to enhance the cost-effective manufacture of PVC and composite windows. 

Claus Rieger, executive vice president North America of Bystronic Inc. and manager of the USA/NAFTA Market Region, was appointed to the position of president of the Bystronic Solution Centre. Stephen Field and Michael Glover, both former owners of Intra Product Development, will continue as members of the management team.


Viracon Announces VP for New Facility 

Don Pyatt, president of Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon, has named Bill Wright vice president of manufacturing for the company’s new southwest United States facility, scheduled to open in 2007. 

Wright joined Viracon in 1996 and has served as director of manufacturing in Owatonna for the past six years.

Prior to joining the company, Wright served 16 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. In addition, Wright is a graduate of Leadership Owatonna, an organization devoted to developing community leaders, where he is currently chair of the steering committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Owatonna College and University Center. 

new hires

Guardian Industries Announces New Director of Corporate Marketing

Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that Earnest Thompson is its new director corporate marketing and brand management. He will be responsible for the company’s brand across business units and throughout the world. He will also be working to strengthen the brand in existing markets while developing a profit-generating position in new business segments.

“People often reduce branding to its elements, such as a slogan, a color or an ad,” says Thompson. “But branding is the total customer experience of doing business with us: it’s what comes immediately to mind when one hears our name or sees our logo. Our brand should represent a consistent and winning experience.”

Thompson has held a variety of marketing and branding positions at Siemens for more than ten years. In his most recent Siemens position he was involved with launching the company’s first global brand campaign, “Spin the Globe.”

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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