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Volume 41,   Issue 1      January 2006



Carlsen Appointed at Kyro, Iivanainen named Business Development Director

Claus Carlsen has been appointed to the position of managing director at Glaston Technologies’ Glass Processing Group and Tamglass Safety Glass. He will report to Pentti Yliheljo, Kyro Group president and chief executive officer.

Carlsen worked at Tamglass from 1989-1997 as marketing director, among other positions. Carlsen now joins the Kyro Group after working for LINPAC Group, a British packaging company, where he served as managing director of the German and Nordic group companies.

“Carlsen’s versatile international experience makes him the right choice for carrying out our Glass Processing Group’s profitable growth and internationalization,” said Yliheljo.

In the New Year, Pertti Iivanainen, the long-standing director of the Glass Processing group and Tamglass Safety Glass Ltd., will assume the position of business development director of the Glass Processing Group. He will continue as a member of the group company boards.

Jeff Lehman Appointed Sales and Marketing Manager for Technoform

Cleveland, Ohio-based Technoform, a designer, producer and distributor of warm-edge spacers and thermal insulating struts, has appointed Jeff Lehman as its I-Spacer™ sales and marketing manager for North America. He will be responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing activities for I-Spacer in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Prior to joining Technoform, Lehman was employed with Alcoa where he served as the sales manager for the Northeast and Midwest. 
He has a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Akron and received his master’s degree in finance from Kent State University.


New Roles for Familiar Faces at Edgetech I.G.

 Edgetech I.G. Inc. has promoted Brian Kress to director of quality. Kress is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s quality assurance strategies, programs, policies and procedures to ensure products comply with worldwide standards. He will also ensure operational systems are in compliance with ISO and World-Class Quality standards.

Prior to the promotion, Kress served as research and development manager. He began his career with Edgetech’s sister company, Lauren Manufacturing, in 1992.

Kress is an active member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and the United Kingdom’s Glass and Glazing Federation.

The company also announced that Tracy Rogers accepted the position of technical director, a position formed specifically for Rogers, who has 18 years of window industry experience.

His responsibilities include planning and executing all research and development and new product development activities. He will also serve as the company’s technical representative at industry professional association meetings. He most recently served as the north central regional sales manager and technical representative for Edgetech.

Rogers is an active member of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association, NFRC and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. He also serves as chairperson on various committees and task groups for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Glass Association of North America.

AFG Glass Promotes Pockiak and Ross

AFG vice president John Stilwell, and executive vice-president of the fabrication division Frank Davey, have announced key management changes in the company’s Canadian fabrication operations. Bill Pockiak has been named divisional manager for the province of Alberta. Pockiak has almost 40 years of experience with the company. 

Starting in Saskatchewan in 1966, he held several positions including general manager. In 1995 he was promoted to general manager for the Winnipeg distribution center. 

Pockiak will be responsible for both the Edmonton and Calgary AFG glass distribution centers. 

Gilbert Ross has been appointed to the position of general manager for the Winnipeg distribution center. Ross has 34 years of experience within the Winnipeg operations, and has held a variety of positions there.

Linetec Names Jon Close as Director, Architectural/ Commercial Sales

Linetec of Wausau, Wis., has promoted Jon Close to director of architectural and commercial sales. Close will report directly to the company’s president, Rick Marshall and will oversee outside sales, inside sales, estimating and marketing departments for architectural and commercial business.
With nearly a decade of experience in the finishing industry, Close previously served the company as regional sales manager for architectural sales, as well as its commercial sales manager. Prior to joining the company, Close worked in sales for a Michigan-based company in the automotive and commercial finishing industry.

Marty Scarborough Named Principal of Curtain Wall Design and Consulting
Charles Clift, president of Curtain Wall Design and Consulting (CDC) of Dallas, has announced the appointment of Marty Scarborough as the company’s newest principal. 

Scarborough has been with the company since 1982, joining as a draftsperson when he was 17 years old. He later became a project manager in the drafting department, and achieved associate level status in 1997. In his new position, Scarborough will head CDC’s curtainwall division. 

He is an active member of the Glass Association of North America and the American Society of Civil Engineering, and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Viracon Names Four New Manufacturing Managers 

 Viracon has promoted four employees to manager status at its headquarters in Owatonna, Minn. Glen Pauling is now a production manager for the coatings department. Rick Farmer and Ryan Falch have been promoted to production managers in the tempering  department and Jason Fransen has become the production manager of the laminating department.

Pauling joined the company as a Six Sigma Black Belt one year ago. Prior to that, he was a production manager and business analyst at Viratec, a sister company to Viracon. 

Farmer has been with the company six years, and previously was a laminating production manager. Also a Six Sigma Black Belt, he will now be responsible for tempering lines two, three and four within the Owatonna facility. 

 A seven-year Viracon employee, Falch previously served as a Six Sigma Black Belt and a production supervisor in the insulating department. He will manage tempering line one as well as silkscreen and paint operations for the Owatonna plant. 

Fransen joined the company in 1999 and recently served as supervisor of laminating.


Six NFRC Board Members Elected

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) elected six members to serve on the organization’s board of directors beginning in December.

Chuck Anderson of Simonton Windows was elected to serve in the fenestration industry/residential seat. Elaine Hebert of California Energy Commission was elected to sit for the general interest/code and regulatory category. Harry Misuriello with the Alliance to Save Energy was elected for the general interest/energy efficiency organization and Michael Thoman of Architectural Testing Inc. was elected in the laboratory category. Gary Curtis with The West Wall Group was elected to serve in the general interest (non-fenestration) category and Marcia Falke of Keystone Certifications Inc. was elected to the fenestration category (general).

The NFRC says the election was independently managed and certified by Survey & Ballot Systems Inc., which reported that 59.4 percent of eligible NFRC members cast votes in the election.

“The record participation rate is a sign of how committed our members are to the future success of the organization,” said Jim Benney, NFRC’s executive director. 


Brenden Joins AAMA Staff

Ken Brenden has joined the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) as the codes and regulatory affairs manager. In the newly-created position, Brenden will serve as a technical liaison for affiliated industry organizations, including standards setting associations, building products coalitions, government agencies and green building organizations as well as state, local and international code groups.

Brenden has 25 years experience in the window industry, most recently serving as chairperson of the AAMA board research committee where he was responsible for screening and prioritizing fenestration research projects. 

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