Volume 43, Issue  6 - June 2008

News Makers

New Baby Boy for Dlubak

Congratulations are in order for Alyssa Dlubak Bodiford of Dlubak Corp. She and her husband, Rick Bodiford of South Florida Glazing, are celebrating the birth of their son, Cole David Bodiford. Cole was born on February 5. 

Cole is the first grandson for Grandpa Frank Dlubak, also of Dlubak Corp.

NSG Appoints Chambers CEO Among Other Management Changes
Pending approval at the June meeting of its board of directors, NSG Group in Japan has appointed Stuart Chambers as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of NSG. 

According to information from the company, the appointment of the British former-CEO of Pilkington (now a subsidiary of NSG) “continues the process of evolution of the NSG Group into an international corporation and will also develop further the process of integration and simplification of the group’s management structure.” 

Chambers was only recently appointed to his role of representative director, executive vice president and chief operating officer (see December 2007 USGlass, page 104). In this new role, he will hold responsibility for the profitable operation of all businesses within the group. Chambers will chair an executive committee that will oversee the day-to-day management of the company’s businesses. The adoption of committees is intended to introduce additional safeguards for shareholders, increase transparency and improve corporate governance.

Katsuji Fujimoto, who previously filled the role of president and CEO, will now become a chairman of NSG. From this position, he will provide support to the executive in communicating with the financial community, shareholders, governments and other external organizations. 

In addition, Yozo Izuhara has been appointed chairman of the board, from his previous role as representative director and chairman of NSG. Executive vice president Masakuni Nitta is retiring from the board. 

Colonial Glass Appoints Zachary Weiner CEO
Colonial Glass Solutions in Brooklyn, N.Y., has appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO). Zachary Weiner has taken over the reins from his uncle, George Weiner, marking the third generation to run the business since it was founded by Ben Weiner in 1929.

Weiner has been involved with the company since 1997.

“I initially started out driving my father [Abe Weiner] to work,” he recalls. “He couldn’t see that well, so … after I graduated from college he asked me to drive him into work so that’s what I did. And then as I started coming and driving him in it seemed pretty interesting to me, the operation in general. I thought I could help out. I helped out in small areas where I could. I’m the first one to admit I probably didn’t do anything significant at first. About five years into it I decided to take more of a leadership role and really get very involved in the business.”

Since then Weiner has implemented a number of changes. He began as a safety manager, then moved to managing the “flow” of the factory and by 2005 was president of the company. In addition to facility improvements, he also has placed a focus on expanding the company’s product line. In his new role as CEO, Weiner’s plans for the year ahead largely involve promoting its newest product additions. 

new hires
Pilkington Adds to its Customer Service
Janeé Carpenter has joined Pilkington North America as a customer service representative for the Building Products Fire Protection Group in Toledo, Ohio. She is responsible for customer service and shipping of Pilkington fire-resistant and fire-protection glass products to customers in North America.  

Carpenter has worked as an intern at the facility since January 2008 and is currently working on her associate’s degree from Owens Community College in Toledo.

George Sutorka of Arch Aluminum Passes Away

George Sutorka, laminated operations manager of Arch Aluminum & Glass, passed away in late April following an illness. Sutorka had been with the company since 1992 and was an integral part of its growth. 

“When George started we had one laminated plant and he had to supply the entire company,” says Max Perilstein, vice president of marketing. “He had a ton of patience to deal with all of us as we kept on adding branches and people. He truly was a good man and a pleasure to work with. We are all very saddened by his passing and he will be missed.” 

Sutorka had been in the laminated industry for many years before joining Arch and is well known in those circles. He would have turned 70 this December.

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