Volume 41, Issue 10 - October 2006


new hires

New National Sales and Marketing Manager for Paragon Door Designs
Paragon Door Designs of Louisville, Ky., has hired David Benston as its national sales and marketing manager. He comes to Paragon from a 24-year career with Kimball International, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer durable products.


DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions Announces Key Personnel Change
DuPont Glass Lam-inating Solutions has announced a key personnel change in its laminated glass marketplace.

Torkel Rhenman has become global business director and is responsible for accelerating the transformation of the business. Rhenman was previously the global technology and strategic planning director for DuPont Performance Elastomers LLC. He will replace Luigi Robbiati, who has accepted a new role as growth director for DuPont Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

Empirehouse Names Bringle General Manager 
James Bringle has been named general manager for Empirehouse Inc., a glazing specialty contractor located in New Hope, Minn. 

In addition to being responsible for overseeing operations, Bringle will continue developing the management team and implementing the company’s growth strategies. He has been with Empirehouse since 1984 and has worked in a variety of positions there including drafting, sales, estimating and project management. He is a member of the Minnesota Construction Association and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of CSI.

New Partner Named at S&P Architectural Products
Mitch Krasne has been named partner and vice president of sales at S&P Architec-tural Products, in Pompano Beach, Fla. He has been with the company since 1996. Krasne specializes in helping builders and architects specify the correct window systems for each project. Prior to joining S&P, Krasne owned his own window company. 


John Lewis Named Technical Director for AAMA
John Lewis, Jr. has been named technical director for the American Architectural Manufacturers Assoc-iation (AAMA). He will be responsible for the overall direction of AAMA’s technical departments and staff, including product certification, technical standards and codes and industry affairs.

Most recently, Lewis was vice president of engineering for TRACO in Cranberry Township, Pa. He also served as vice president of engineering for Philips Products Inc. in Elkhart, Ind., from 1997 to 2004.

Thomas Mitchell president of Messe Düsseldorf North America

This month glasstec will take place for the 19th time in Düsseldorf, Germany. Held every other year, this year, Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) also brings a new president, Thomas Mitchell, who shared with USGlass some of his thoughts about glasstec, how it’s different from other trade shows and its future.

Tell me a bit about your background and experience.

I have been with MDNA for more than 13 years in different positions. I started in exhibit sales; I opened an office in New York in 1996 and then folded all of our operations into the one office in Chicago at the end of 1998.

What do you like most about glasstec; what’s your least favorite aspect?

I like the interaction of seeing everyone in the entire glass family come together. glasstec has every type of glass, bringing all aspects of the industry together. And it is rewarding to see everyone like that. What I don’t like … it would be nice to see more American people there.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about glasstec among U.S. citizens?

That they think it’s too big to see everything in five days, so maybe they can’t benefit from it. Yes, it’s big, but you can benefit from being there regardless of how [big or small] a company may be; it’s a show that serves everyone.

What’s unique about glasstec?

What you find, compared to other shows, is that glasstec focuses on the entire industry and not just one portion of it.

How will this year’s event be different than years past?

We will have a new architectural seminar; our goal [with it] is to bring the builders, manufacturers and architects together and to give them dialogue and to talk and to see the benefits for them. Also, every year we have new, cutting-edge technology and this year there will be a big focus on solar technology, as well as LCD display glass.

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