Volume 44, Issue 6 - June 2009


Former Eubanks Glass Owner, WGA Charter Member Dies in Car Accident Jim Garland, 63, former owner of Eubanks Glass in Centralia, Wash., and a charter member of the Washington Glass Association (WGA), was killed in a car accident on May 1 while he and his wife were vacationing in Palm Springs. His wife Janis was hospitalized following the accident, but soon released, according to reports. Garland served as secretary of the WGA and was instrumental in the early stages of the association. He retired from Eubanks in 2000 and his son, Mike Garland, and brother, Randy Garland, are the current owners of the fourth-generation family-owned business.

new hires
Roto Frank of America Appoints New President/CEO
Roto Frank of America Inc. has appointed Chris Dimou as its new president and chief executive officer. Dimou joins the company from Roto Frank AGís corporate headquarters in Germany where he served as corporate strategic sales manager. He previously held management positions within international companies in Greece, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the United States. 

SMI Systems Names New Director of Sales Development
Miami-based SMI Systems, a manufacturer of impact-resistant entrance systems and custom glazing products, has named Mike Wilson to the newly created position of director of sales development. 

Wilson brings more than 17 years of commercial glazing experience to SMIís senior management team. Prior to his new position with SMI, Wilson was the commercial sales manager in the state of Florida for seven of his 12 years at Pella Windows.

Katz to Manage DecoTherm Sales
International Imaging Materials Inc. in Amherst, N.Y., has appointed Andy Katz as national sales manager for DecoTherm, digital ceramic frit decoration for glass.†Katz has 15 years of glass industry experience, inclusive of operations, sales and general management.†He is responsible for growing DecoTherm sales via a variety of channels such as the architectural and design community and licensed fabricators. 

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