Volume 43, Issue 12 - December 2008


NFRC Adds Two to PCP Team 
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has added two new staff members. Toni Stroud comes on board as product certification program (PCP) associate, and will manage the day-to-day issues involved with PCP. Sherri Wendt is responsible for the certification agency program (CAP) and will be the staff liaison to the certification policy committee, as well as the Ratings Committee. Wendt comes to NFRC from Architectural Testing Inc. In addition to these staff hirings, the NFRC board of directors announced that Steve Rosenstock resigned from the board. Rosenstock cited his inability to commit the time required to effectively fulfill his duties as the reason for his decision. Roland Temple of AZS Consulting Inc. will fill his seat until the Fall 2009 election.

Dale Simon Named Financial Services Manager at Viracon 
Viracon has named Dale Simon as its financial services manager at its headquarters in Owatonna, Minn. In his new position, Simon will be focusing on credit and credit service needs for clients of Viracon.
Simon comes to Viracon with track record of various credit manager and customer service positions. He possesses a bachelor’s of art degree from the University of Wisconsin and has earned a Credit Business Associate and Certified Business Fellow certifications through the National Association of Credit Managers. 

Fred Fulton Hired as Key Account Manager
Toronto-based Glassopolis has hired Fred Fulton as key accounts manager, responsible for overseeing the company’s growing roster of commercial glass contractor clients.
Fulton brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his role.  He was most recently vice president of marketing of Fulton Windows, a window and curtainwall manufacturer acquired by Oldcastle three years ago.

YKK Hires One, Promotes Two 
Glenn Smith has joined YKK AP in Austell, Ga., as the general manager of the YKK AP Project Business Group. Smith previously worked for Indianapolis-based ASI Limited, a contract glazing and building enclosure firm.
Jonathan Dunston has been promoted to manager of the company’s branch in Chicago. He has been with the company for three years. John McGill was named regional business manager in the project business group for the Northern region. He joined the company in 2002 as the group operations manager.

Linetec Hires Menard as VP of Finance
Chris Menard has joined Linetec in Wausau, Wis., as vice president of finance. Responsible for managing and enhancing the company’s profitability, he supervises the purchasing, cost management and accounting staff leaders.Drawing from 20 years of experience in financial management and administration, Menard most recently worked as controller and treasurer of Wausau Homes. 

Moore to Manage Glassfab’s All-Glass Doors 
Glassfab Tempering Services in Tracy, Calif., has hired Kevin Moore. Moore will head the company’s all-glass commercial door system department, along with sales and marketing. 

Patric Fransko Moves to NGSG 
Patric J. Fransko, formerly of Performance Films Distributing and Performance Tools Distributing, has assumed the role as the lead executive at National Glass Service Group (NGSG) LLC in Dublin, Ohio. Fransko comes to the company with experience in the window film industry that includes working with large clients in the areas of specifying appropriate film solutions and managing the logistics of the installations.

Ashton Announces New Appointments 
Ashton Industrial of Essex, England, has made several new hires and promotions. As the new production manager Stewart Barrass will head up manufacturing at the factory in Essex. He has spent nine years as a consultant. Engineering manager Richard Green, who was the design manager, now has control of the company’s CAD design department as well as management of administrative- and engineering-related issues.  As control systems manager, Nick Elliott takes responsibility for all software design, control panel designs and the specification and approval of all electrical soft- and hardware utilized in the company’s machinery.  Team leader Andrew Seaman has been promoted to head up the electrical and panel wiring team and Steven Powell has been recruited as the new buyer/cost controller. Ross Worrall, former Bystronic sales consultant, is the new UK business development manager.

Stanley Wolk, Founder of Rochester Insulated Glass, Dies at 83

Stanley Wolk, the founder and chairman of Rochester Insulated Glass Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., died October 26 at his home surrounded by immediate family. His death brought his long battle against cancer to an end.With an education in engineering and business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, Wolk began his career with PPG Industries in Ford City, Pa. After 19 years with PPG, Wolk spent a brief period working with the Bausch & Lomb Corp. During this time he moved to Rochester, where he began what he considered his life’s work.Wolk founded Rochester Insulated Glass in 1972. Under his guidance, the company focused on producing not only standard size glass but also the largest glass in the world. Wolk left his mark on many major projects, including the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, the air traffic control tower at Chicago O’Hare airport and a vast array of public, office and high-rise buildings throughout the world. The business has passed on to the hands of Wolk’s son, Richard, and his grandson, Tyler.

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