Volume 42, Issue 1 - January 2007


AFG Industries Promotes Three
AFG Industries of Kingsport, Tenn., has appointed Toshiro Kasuya as director of planning. Previously serving as general manager of planning and coordination for AGC Flat Glass Japan/Asia, Tokyo, Kasuya will relocate to the AFG corporate office in Atlanta. In the new assignment, Kasuya will be responsible for a variety of analytical and reporting projects.
The company has also named Tadayuki Oi as vice president, technical development and chief technical officer. Oi was previously an executive officer with Asahi Glass and general manager of Japan Division, Japan/Asia, Flat Glass Company. In his new assignment, Oi will be responsible for developing and executing the strategic and long term goals and objectives of the research and development, technical development and technical services organizations. Oi also will transfer to Atlanta. 
In addition, AFG Industries has promoted Dana Duval to operations manager for the companyís residential fabrication plant in Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to joining AFG, Duval was district manager for Harding Glass. Duval joined AFG as production supervisor for the Hebron, Ohio, facility. He was promoted in 2003 and relocated to the companyís Jacksonville operation as plant manager.
Coastal Industries Promotes Matt Ritchie 

Matt Ritchie has been promoted to national sales manager for Coastal Industries of Jacksonville, Fla. He will be responsible for overseeing all manufactured housing/recreational vehicle sales efforts. Ritchie previously served as regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic region.
He has been employed by Coastal Industries since April 2005. Before Coastal, he was with The Loxcreen Co. where he was national sales manager of its building products division. 
The company also named Guy Scaggs as the new assistant manager of its Atlanta distribution center. 
Scaggsí responsibilities include meeting all customer needs, helping to coordinate all Atlanta office activities, providing quotes, taking orders and managing freight, among many others. He was previously employed by Alumax.

C & C Glass Founder George Comstock Passes Away
George Comstock, of Julian, Calif., founder of C & C Glass in Chula Vista, Calif., passed away suddenly on December 5 of last year. Comstock was a leader involved in reviving the Southern California Glass Dealers Association, a forerunner to the California Glass Association and todayís Americas Glass Association. 
Comstock was born in Bennington, Vt., and served as a Marine in the Korean War, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a businessperson for 36 years, and retired in 2004.
Comstock is survived by his wife, Carol, and many loving family members and friends. 

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Bob Dyer, Former OGA President, Passes Away
USGlass staff has learned that Robert ďBobĒ Dyer, a past president of the Ohio Glass Association (OGA), passed away in September 2006. He was 68.
Dyer was president of Youngstown Mirror and Glass in Youngstown, Ohio, for 40 years, before retiring. He also served as past president of the National Glass Association (NGA), as well as on the board of both the OGA and NGA.
Dyer is survived by his wife, Donna, their six children and nine grandchildren. 

A Minute With Mika Seitovirta
Kyro Corp.

On January 1 Mika Seitovirta, 44, took the helm as president and chief executive officer of Kyro Corp., parent company of Glaston Technologies, which includes Tamglass and Bavelloni. 

Seitovirta was born in Helsinki, where he went to school and earned a masterís degree in business administration. After completing his studies he spent two years working for a large hotel company and in 1987 went to work for Volvo. After Volvo, he worked for Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), and also served as managing director for Hartwall, S&Nís beer, soft drinks and water business in Finland. 

Q: How did it come about that you took your new position at Kyro?
A: I was ready for it with my background. Kyro is a very well-managed technology company. There comes a point when the CEO has to retire. Kyro had a situation like that in the very early stages [last] year. I started to study the company and the industry and I was very impressed with its position. I thought this might be an opportunity not only to use my experience to benefit the company but also for me to learn new things. Itís important to [continue] learning to keep your energy level up. Itís a global, highly competitive industry with innovation. It was a good combination. 

Q: Youíve always worked with public companies?
A: Thatís true as well. Itís a somewhat different situation for me at Kyro but you have your customers. You have your products and your philosophy. Itís very much through your people that you succeed. Leadership is important.

Q: In terms of your new job, what goals do you have?
A: Itís a very well-managed company, financially solid, and perhaps what is most important is that I think we have the will to grow and to capitalize on the technology leadership and the market position that we have. The company has the resources to make this happen. I am very encouraged.

Q: Will you be traveling a lot this year?
A: Yes, absolutely. You will see me a lot among our customers to start with. That is very important. I like to manage in a style in which I am among the people, seeing customers. Thatís the only way to understand how the industry is going.


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