Volume 42, Issue 10 - October 2007

News Makers          

CRL Names Mitchell Branch Manager
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has promoted Mark Mitchell to the position of branch manager of CRL’s Seattle area office in Kent, Wash. Prior to this promotion, Mitchell had served as assistant branch manager of the company’s San Francisco-area office in Union City, Calif. Mitchell began his career at CRL at the company’s Chicago location in 1976. In 1979, he moved to the company’s corporate headquarters in Los Angeles to work in the customer service department. Mitchell was part of the original team that opened the Union City location in 1988, and he has served as assistant branch manager there since that time.

Sawyer to be Field Rep for Viracon 
Viracon in Owatonna, Minn., has named Jill Sawyer field sales representative.  In her new role, Sawyer will represent the company for the territory of Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Sawyer joined the company in 1998. She has served in a variety of different roles within the inside sales department, most recently as an inside sales manager.

In addition, the company named Jon Johnson director of manufacturing at its Statesboro, Ga., facility. Johnson will be responsible for the staging, laminating, insulating glass and box shop areas of the plant. He will focus on workflow, quality and productivity. Johnson has worked for Viracon since 1987, serving most recently as the company’s staging/frames manager at its Owatonna headquarters.

CGI Names Steven Dawson Executive Vice President of Sales
CGI Windows and Doors Inc. (CGI) in Miami has announced that chief financial officer (CFO) Steven E. Dawson has been given the additional role of executive vice president of sales. Dawson had joined CGI early last year as CFO responsible for the company’s finance-related functions and partnerships. “Steve has been a key member of the executive team since he came on board last year, focusing on our expansion efforts,” says Flavio Quesada, chief executive officer and president. “His business development expertise will help guide CGI’s growth initiatives and will better position CGI in the marketplace.”Prior to joining CGI, Dawson was president of Dawson Associates. 

Key Communications Celebrate Milestones Tara Taffera, and her husband, Cory, welcomed their third child, Gianna Grace, into the world on Saturday, May 5. She weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 22 inches long at birth. 

Taffera serves as publisher of USGlass’s sister publication, DWM magazine, and as vice president of editorial services for parent company Key Communications Inc. in Stafford, Va. She is also a former editor of USGlass.The Tafferas have two other daughters, Isabella, 7, and Sophia, 4.

Taffera wasn’t the only Key Communications employee celebrating a milestone. Brigid O’Leary, former editor of USGlass sister publication AGRR magazine and the USGNN.com™ newsletter, gave birth to a 6-pound, 13-ounce baby boy on Friday, September 14.

Warrick Anthony is the first child for O’Leary and her husband, David, who will celebrate their second wedding anniversary in October.

Following her maternity leave, O’Leary will continue to work for Key Communications as a contributing writer.

Frieda Helfer Passes Away
Frieda Helfer of Skokie, Ill., passed away after a long illness at the age of 85. Helfer was active in the family glass business, Novelty Glass and Mirror, started by her father, Joseph Hershkopf, in 1917, according to her obituary. During World War II, Frieda and her sister ran the glass business alone, while their brother served in the armed forces. Upon Albert’s return, the business was intact and thriving.

According to her obituary, Helfer was active in many social, educational and religious organizations. She was PTA president of College Hill School, former president of Pioneer Women and together with her late husband, Herman, was a founding member of the Congregation of Bnai Emunah in Skokie.

Helfer is survived by her sons, Joel and Harvey, daughter Gail, grandchildren Cliff, Zachary, Jeffrey and Rachel, brother Albert and sister, Rochelle Mantell. 

new hires
Hammond Joins Truth Team
Truth Hardware in Owatonna, Minn., has appointed Jim Hammond to the position of territory account manager for the Northeast United States. In his new position, Hammond will work closely with door and window manufacturers to assist the development and purchase of hardware systems used on their products. Hammond also will work collaboratively with commercial architects in helping them specify hardware systems. Hammond has more than 17 years of experience in sales and marketing. 

GANA Names Scholarship Winners
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) Educational Foundation has awarded its first scholarships under the building envelope contractors (BEC) division scholarship fund. The scholarship committee chose to award five scholarships in the 2007-2008 school year for $1,000 each. The five winners are:

  • Erin Barnett, a senior majoring in architecture at the University of Florida; 

  • Kenwyn Diego Harrilal, a sophomore majoring in building construction at the University of Florida;

  • Sarah E. Hooge, a junior majoring in architecture at North Dakota State University; 

  • Matthew B. Lunde, a junior majoring in architecture at North Dakota State University; and 

  • Kyle Quigley, a senior majoring in construction management at Missouri State University.

Scholarship applications for the 2008-2009 school year will be available by January 2008 and the return deadline will be April 1, 2008.

The length of time Wally Palma was with Guardian was reported incorrectly in the September issue. Palma was at the Corsicana, Texas, plant for 27 years, with Guardian a total of 37. Following his retirement, he is developing a hunting ranch in Texas. 

briefly ...
A Real Fish Story
George Osha, glazing superintendent of Glass & Mirror America in Clarendon Hills, Ill., earned $2,193 as the co-angler winner of the Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River on July 28. 

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