Volume 45, Issue 3 - March 2010


Scott Thomsen to Lead Guardian’s North American Flat Glass Operations
Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that Scott Thomsen has taken on the role of group vice president for North American flat glass operations, a new position at the company, as of March 1. Thomsen will oversee all aspects of its North American flat glass including facilities, fabrication, marketing, sales, financial, business development and services. Additionally, he will continue to oversee the company’s research and development activity at the Science and Technology Center in Carleton, Mich.

“We’re all trying to step up to the plate after Bill Davidson’s passing,” explains Russell Ebeid, Glass Group president and chairman of the board. Davidson, who led Guardian for more than 50 years, passed away in March 2009 (see April 2009 USGlass, page 14, for more). As a result, organizational responsibilities are being shifted, giving Thomsen a role in leading North American functions for the glass group and Ebeid a broader role overseeing worldwide operations, as well as responsibilities as chairman of the board.

Among Thomsen’s first priorities was to establish a North American flat glass leadership team, which includes:
Martin Powell, vice president of sales and marketing;
Jim West, senior director of channel and business development;
Jim Pettis, senior director of North American fabrication facilities; and
Joe Bruce, vice president of flat glass services.

YKK Creates New Positions for Commercial Business
YKK AP America in Austell, Ga., has created two new positions to reinforce and expand its brands. Mike Gilbert is the new brand manager of the hurricane and blast mitigation line of commercial products, ProTek. David Warden is the new brand manager of the enerGfacade fenestration line.

Gilbert joined YKK AP in 1993 as a customer service representative and for the past 12 years has helped Georgia’s architects and glazing contractors in his position of architectural sales representative. 

Before his assignment to enerGfacade brand manager, Warden held numerous positions at YKK AP, including product marketing engineer, applications engineer and special projects engineer. 

Harmon Promotes Two VPs
Harmon Inc. announced that Chad Hoffmann has been promoted to vice president of operations, and Robby Sauls to vice president of contract sales.

Hoffmann had been Harmon director of operations since December 2008, having previously served as general manager, operations manager and senior project manager.

Sauls had been director of contract sales for the eastern United States since January 2009. He previously had served as a Harmon general manager since 2000, having joined the company in Atlanta in 1999 as a project manager.

Edgetech Promotes Two, Appoints One
Bruce Hodges has been appointed to quality engineer at Edgetech I.G.’s Cambridge, Ohio, facility. Hodges brings more than 22 years of related experience to his new role, most recently as manufacturing engineering manager for Visteon Corp. Hodges has spent 22 years with multiple manufacturing companies in various roles related to project management, process engineering and operations management.

Lance Lund has been appointed regional sales manager for the Southwest, including Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. Lunde comes to the company with previous sales experience in the fenestration industry, including four years as an
Edgetech manufacturer’s representative in the Northwest.

Ramsey Bader has been promoted to director, international sales and marketing, covering the company’s expansion efforts in various markets, including all international areas outside of the Americas, Europe and United Kingdom. Bader has been with the company since 2003, most recently as international market manager.

Erick Sharp is now quality manager for manufacturing operations in the United Kingdom. In this one-year assignment, Sharp will be responsible for quality assurance and launching silicone product production at the company’s Coventry,
England, location. Sharp joined Edgetech in 2002 as an engineering technician.

Vitro America™ Announces Organizational Changes
Vitro America has announced organizational changes at its Memphis headquarters. Luis Gonzalez, president of Vitro America since 2003, left Vitro last month. Throughout his 25-year career, Gonzalez has held positions with both the glass container and flat glass divisions in different capacities.

Arturo Carrillo has been promoted to president. Carrillo’s career with Vitro spans seven years. He has held positions in strategic planning and has served as chief financial officer since 2005.

In addition, Vitro Vidrio y Cristal in Monterrey, Mexico, has appointed Flat Glass Sales LLC of Okatie, S.C., as its representative in the territory East of the Rockies. Members of the sales group include Jim Charles, who served as director of sales and marketing for Vitro America before retiring in 2007, Jake Hall and Jim Charles III, who together have more than 115 years of experience in sales and marketing in the glass industry.

According to a company announcement, the sales team will be responsible for selling and promoting Vitro’s direct truckload sales of flat glass products to fabricators, distributors and window manufacturers.


Morrison Named President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems
Glen G. Morrison is set to become president of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, succeeding David W. Schlendorf, who will retire following a 39-year career with the company. Morrison previously served as president of Kawneer North America, part of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems organization.

Morrison joined the company in 1991 as sales and marketing director for Kawneer UK. He progressed to marketing director for Alcoa Building & Construction Systems, then general manager of the Alcoa Architectural Products unit of Building & Construction Systems. In 2005, he was named president, Kawneer North America.

In related news, Diana Perreiah has assumed the role of vice president of business operations for Kawneer North America. Perreiah has been with Alcoa since 1986, most recently having managed extrusion operations in North America.

Robert Holcombe has been appointed director of product development for North America. Holcombe has been with the company for 31 years and has held a variety of positions in sales and product management.

The company also has announced several additions to its sales team: Paul Clayton, Fred Weidner, Joyce Howard and Christopher Keller all will serve as architectural sales representatives; Clayton will represent Southern Ontario while Weidner will be responsible for New York.

new hires
The Wagner Companies Appoint Director of Architectural Glass
Milwaukee-based Wagner Co. has created the new position of director of architectural glass systems and appointed Andrew Chatfield to take on these new responsibilities. Chatfield has more than 25 years of technical and sales management experience in the international glass hardware industry.

In his new position, Chatfield will be involved with the strategic growth of the company’s newly created department. He will focus on stainless steel, structural glass assembly products produced by Linox Technology.

Quality Metalcrafts/Americlad™ Announces Sales Team Addition
Quality Metalcrafts LLC/Americlad™ in Rogers, Minn., has announced the addition of Paul Millslagle to its sales team.

Millslagle joins the company with more than a decade of sales experience in the architectural construction industry. His duties include calling on key customers and architects throughout the country.

Janssen Becomes Venture’s National Sales Manager
Venture Tape Corp., a subsidiary of 3M, has named Theo Janssen as national sales manager of its fenestration and building products product divisions. Janssen previously managed a number of industrial and construction product groups for 3M, and he has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the industry.






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