Volume 43, Issue 10 - October 2008


Todd Bechle Proves Reliant
After more than 14 years with Reliant Glass & Door Systems LLC in Sheboygan, Wis., Todd Bechle has been promoted to project manager for the company’s aluminum and glass product line. Bechle has progressed from positions in both the hollow metal and hardware and aluminum and glass businesses.

YKK AP Promotes Turner and Baker
Austell, Ga.-based YKK AP America’s board of directors has named Mike Turner vice president of marketing.

Turner will manage the marketing department as well as responsibilities previously under his watch, including engineering and technological resources. He has been with the company since 1992, and has represented the company within various trade associations.

Ben Baker has been named national transportation systems manager. His primary responsibility will be to implement logistics strategies. He has been employed with YKK AP for nine years, including seven years as logistics coordinator.

SAF Promotes Two Managers
As production manager of Atlanta-based Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc. (SAF), Howard Mount now has responsibility for all fabricating operations. Mount has been project manager for the company for three years. He previously held positions at United States Aluminum Commercial Products Group and\ Kawneer North America.

After two years in inside sales at SAF, Phil
Anderson has been appointed fabrication project manager. In his new position Anderson is responsible for developing quantity take-offs from contractor-submitted plans and drawings calling for fabrication and finishing. Once a contractor’s quote is accepted, Anderson manages the project during production and delivery and for customer service thereafter.

Knisely is New VP of Bystronic
Glass Sales and Marketing
Bystronic Glass Inc. in Hauppauge, N.Y., has appointed Scott Knisely to the position of vice president of sales and marketing for all activities in the NAFTA region.

Knisely joined the company in 2006 as general manager for Bystronic Solution Centre Inc. He has ten years of experience in the window manufacturing industry.

Formtek Promotes Rick Wilson Formtek Metal Forming in Cleveland has promoted Rick Wilson to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing. Wilson has more than 25 years experience in a variety of manufacturing industries. His new duties include directing all external machinery sales and marketing efforts for North America on a regional basis, focusing on several Formtek brands.

Surma Promoted to General Manager of DecoTherm Scott Surma will assume responsibility for sales, marketing, operations and strategic direction of DecoTherm, the decorative glass process offered by IIMAK in Amherst, N.Y., in his new role as general manager.

Surma joined IIMAK in March 2006 as DecoTherm’s national sales manager. He is an active member of the Glass Association of North America, and was recently named to the organization’s board of directors.

With DAC Promotions Come New Hires DAC Products Inc. in Rural Hall, N.C., a supplier of door and window displays, has promoted Wendy Weatherington to the position of assistant vice president of sales. Weatherington has been with the company for more than two years as inside sales and customer relations manager.

In addition, DAC has hired Leslie Gannon for inside sales. Gannon has extensive experience in the customer service field.

Chris Hodges has joined the company’s sales department as project manager. He brings more than 19 years of manufacturing, design and sales experience from the fixture and display industry.

Jim Taylor also is a new project manager in the sales department. He has 30 plus years of experience as a plant manager in the apparel industry and, prior to that, with a log home manufacturer.

new hires
Acurlite Structural Skylights Hires Two Acurlite Structural Skylights in Berwick, Pa., has expanded its workforce by two new employees: Jeff Heffner and Todd Kern.

Heffner, the company’s new commercial designer, has five years of structural and miscellaneous steel background, as well as an extensive skylight background.

He will be responsible for engineering layouts for commercial skylights, material requisitions and glass sizing for manufacturing.

Kern will oversee commercial skylight projects after the sales process through engineering, manufacturing, delivery and installation. He has more than two decades of experience in the commercial and residential construction business.

Accura Makes Strong
Addition to Sales and Marketing Accura Systems Inc. in Dallas has hired Rene Strong as vice president of sales and marketing.

Strong, who was previously general manager of Texas Wall Systems in Dallas, has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural aluminum and glass industries. He was sales and estimating manager of Accura Systems from 1991 to 1994.

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