Volume 41, Issue 11 - November 2006



Yliheljo to Retire; Seitovirta Named New President and CEO of Kyro 
Kyro Group of Finland has announced that Pentti Yliheljo will be retiring as the company’s president and chief executive officer next year. Mika Seitovirta will begin as the new group president and chief executive officer (CEO) in early 2007.

Yliheljo has been the company’s president and CEO since 1996. He has headed the company since starting as president of Tamglass, a Kyro company, in 1992. Some of the major changes carried out by Yliheljo include the fast global growth of Tamglass, IPOs of mother company Kyro and the telecom division Tecnomen, Glaston Technologies’ various acquisitions, through which the group’s main business area has become the global market and technology of glass processing machines.

“I wish Mika Seitovirta a warm welcome to the Kyro Group,” said Yliheljo. “Before the turn of the year we in Kyro’s team have an eventful and busy quarter ahead of us to make sure we get to our objectives for 2006,” he added.

Seitovirta served as managing director of Oy Hartwall Ab from 2003-2006. Before this he worked in different positions within Volvo’s Finnish and international organization, among others, as Volvo Car’s managing director in Finland.


CRL Creates Vice President of Technology Position 
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has promoted David Ellerbe to the newly-created position of vice president of technology. 

In this new role, Ellerbe will be responsible for the company’s computer networks, communication systems, corporate website, business development systems and other information technologies. He will also become a member of the company’s executive committee. 

Tremco Promotes Meloche to Eastern Division Sales Manager
Tremco Commercial Sealants and Water-proofing of Beachwood, Ohio, has promoted Bob Meloche to Eastern division sales manager. In his new role, Meloche will be responsible for managing three regions in the eastern United States, including three managers and 23 sales representatives.

Meloche began his career at Tremco in 1981 as a sales representative, and in 1988 he became a regional manager for the Midwest region. A graduate of Michigan State University, Meloche received a bachelor’s of science degree in finance and a minor in psychology.


Mikron Announces New President
Mikron Industries Inc. of Kent, Wash., has announced that David R. Wemmer has accepted the position of company president. Wemmer began in the role of president on September 18.

Michael Bayles, who has been the acting Mikron president since early this year, will continue as president of the building products group of Quanex Corp., Mikron’s parent company. 

Wemmer has 28 years of industry experience. He holds a bachelors of science in industrial technology and a masters of business administration, both from San Jose State University.

Prelco Appoints New Executive Vice President
The board of directors of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec-based Prelco Group has announced the appointment of Martin Cayer as the company’s new executive vice president and chief officer. 

Cayer has a university background in economics and labor relations and joins the company after 19 years in the printing industry, including having served as senior vice president of Quebecor World. In his new position, he will be responsible for the corporative management of Prelco’s five business locations. 

special recognitions 

Golf Outing Re-Named in Honor of Former Coach
Mansfield University (MU) of Pennsylvania’s annual golf outing, an event that raises money for MU football scholarships, was recently re-named the Steve Zegalia Memorial Golf Outing. The name change is in honor of the former Mansfield assistant coach, who passed away in 2003. 

Zegalia was a three-year starter on the Syracuse University football team and had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League and the Pottstown Firebirds of the Atlantic Coast Football League, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was voted into the Lehigh Valley Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and is listed in a book titled Pennsylvania Football Legends.

“Steve was a strong part of the MU football program for more than a generation,” said MU head coach Jim Shiffer. “He was very instrumental to a lot of guys; he coached me; he was a great part of MU football.”

“This is a great way to remember my dad and everything he did for the football program at Mansfield U, both on and off the field,” said Zegalia’s son Rocco, who is the northeast sales manager for USGlass magazine. “He had a tremendous impact on so many of his players’ lives throughout the years. Someday my kids will be able to attend the golf outing as well and since they did not get to know their Pop-Pop for very long, they will have this as a way to remember him.”

The 2007 outing will take place July 28 at the Corey Creek Golf Club in Tioga County, Pa.


Lydia Stine of RAMCO Passes Away
Lydia Stine, 46, an estimator with Reliable Architectural Metals (RAMCO) of Detroit, passed away recently after battling cancer. She was with RAMCO for nine years. Her husband, Bill Stine, is a sales representative for RAMCO and also president of the Detroit Glass Dealers Association. 

She had two children and three grandchildren.

AMinuteWith...Ken Hays

Masonry Arts started out focused solely on its namesake—masonry—but evolved into a single source provider for building cladding components. However, the company’s Physical Security Division has been recently spun off as a stand-alone entity, called Physical Security LLC, under new ownership. According to president Ken Hays, the new company has incorporated the same manufacturing facility in Bessemer, Ala., same personnel and same manager as the one-time division of Masonry Arts, but is focused solely on glass. The company has also retained its keen focus on blast-resistant glazing. 

Q: How did you get into the glass industry?

A: The company that I’ve worked for over the last 22 years, Masonry Arts Inc., evolved from a family-owned masonry business into the stone business, and also the business of erecting architectural pre-cast. It eventually evolved into being a single source for all building cladding components … That got us into the glass business. 

Q: Masonry Arts was involved in installing blast-resistant protection on the Pentagon both before and after 9/11. What are some of the changes you’ve seen since 9/11?

A: The big change is the implementation of blast-hazard mitigation criteria from the GSA, the largest property owner in the United States, and DOD so that all new construction or all renovation construction is required to be blast-resistant. That’s a big change in the glass industry. 

The higher the blast criteria for a particular project, the less forgiving those variations are. I think that’s been a huge challenge for the industry to get their hands around. 

Q: What are some of the biggest lessons learned from 9/11?

A: No matter how hard we try to educate the general contracting community about the exactitude required in the design and placement of embedments and anchorage in substrates for blast-resistant systems, it’s just very difficult to have them implement the level of quality control that is required so that the blast-resistant systems will work as designed. The general contracting community is just not prepared for the very tight tolerances of embedments and steel support systems, steel framing backup, when those things are installed according to industry standards. They very seldom, if ever, meet the tight tolerance requirements of blast-resistant work. It’s difficult also to get them to understand that, if those embedments are out of tolerance, [you can’t] simply field adjust from a structural engineering standpoint; you have to address each anomaly and each deviation in the field from the standpoint of the dynamics of the blast loading and how the movement of an anchor or an anchor attachment affects the performance. 

Personally, the lesson we’ve learned is that addressing things like field deviations is not just a matter of conforming to the performance criteria and doing the right thing professionally. When we [Masonry Arts] designed and fabricated and installed the blast-resistant windows in the Pentagon, we were very proud of the work we did and we were very exact in making sure that all of the tolerances were addressed and in compliance. No field deviations occurred which weren’t documented properly and engineered. We did that just because that’s the way we do our business. It was the farthest thing from our mind, that that would be the first and, thank God, so far the only, as far as I know, blast-resistant architectural product to actually undergo a live test by a terrorist threat on U.S. soil. Personally, the lesson learned today is that everything about the installation of a blast-resistant window has to be exactly the way it’s supposed to be, with a high level of exactitude, and that the due diligence and the quality control are of tantamount importance. 

If a hurricane is threatening your facility and you’ve got three days notice and evacuation notice, anybody who’s standing behind a big piece of glass during a Category 3 hurricane needs to have his head examined. But people behind blast-resistant protection glazing don’t have the opportunity to run. If, as designers, manufacturers and installers, we don’t make sure everything we do is right—if the unfortunate day comes and something does occur on one of those facilities that we worked on—and we find that a field deviation was allowed that wasn’t properly engineered, well, there’s not just the legal liability and culpability there, there’s a moral and ethical responsibility that’s been violated. I don’t believe that that’s an awareness that’s out there in the glass and glazing industry; that the consequences of failure are very, very dire. 

Q: What’s your favorite part of the job? 

A: I really like all of it. But I think my favorite part is talking to an owner, or any client, who realizes toward the end of the job or after the end of the job that their expectations have been exceeded. That’s when my job is the best, when somebody conveys that their expectations have been exceeded. 

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SunPro Glass Tinting, an Encinitas Glass Co. Inc. subsidiary based in Encinitas, Calif., has hired Marcel Perry as a business development specialist. Perry will manage business development activities throughout San Diego County.

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