Volume 45, Issue 11 - November 2010


new hires
Sjöberg is New Manager of Quality for Kawneer
Sara Sjöberg has been named the new manager of quality for Kawneer North America in Norcross, Ga. Sjöberg brings 15 years of experience in quality management from various fields. In her new position, Sjöberg is responsible for providing leadership and coordinating strategic quality initiatives across the company’s manufacturing locations and service centers throughout the United States and Canada.

Sjöberg is a member of the American Society for Quality where she is certified as a quality manager, quality engineer, quality auditor and quality technician.

Many Changes at Glaston
Tapio Engström has taken over as chief financial officer (CFO) for Finland-based Glaston. Engström replaces Kimmo Lautanen, who announced his resignation in May. Engström comes to the company from CPS Color Holding Oy, were he has worked since 2009 as CFO. Before that he served as CFO at Aspocomp Group Oyj.

Pekka Huuhka is the new senior vice president of the supply chain. Huuhka joins Glaston from Oy SWOT Consulting Finland Ltd., were he has worked since 1998 as managing partner. Topi Saarenhovi continues as senior vice president.

Sasu Koivumäki has been appointed as vice president of sales and services for North America. Koivumäki joined Glaston in 2002 and has held various financial and management positions during the years.

Tapani Lankinen has been appointed the company’s senior vice president of human resources, replacing Manne Tiensuu. Lankinen will be a member of the company’s executive management group. He joins the company from Cargotec Corp., were he has worked since 2008, most recently as vice president and regional HR head for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In addition, Glaston’s executive management group has named Frank Chengdong Zhang, general manager for the Asian region, a member of the executive management group.

Glasswerks Announces New Additions
Glasswerks Inc. in South Gate, Calif., has announced a new hire and promotion within its sales and marketing department. John Wright joins the company as technical sales director, and Alex Cabral has been appointed marketing manager.
Wright previously served as architectural sales manager for Guardian Industries; in his new role he will provide technical and product support to architects, contractors and consultants. He brings more than 34 years of industry experience to Glasswerks.

Cabral will oversee the company’s various online and offline marketing campaigns and executing brand development strategies. He has more than 25 years of sales experience at Glasswerks, 11 years of graphic design expertise and nine years of freelance photography.

Grenzebach Corporation Appoints New Management Team
Grenzebach Corp. has announced a restructuring of its management team in Newnan, Ga. As part of these changes, John Fluker and Joseph Chuhran will now share the executive duties as president.

Fluker, who previously served as vice president of marketing and sales, also will serve as chief sales officer. He has been with the company since 2006. 

Chuhran also has been named chief technical officer. He remains a managing partner of Millennium Control Systems, with which Grenzebach has had a business aggrangement since 2003; in 2008 Grenzebach acquired an ownership in Millennium and opened a subsidiary of the company in its Newnan facility.

Claudia Wurll will continue to serve as vice president of administration and work closely with both Fluker and Chuhran.

Wausau Window and Wall Promotes Two
Wausau Window and Wall Systems has named Peter Fuchs as the Advantage by Wausau wall products manager. He will be responsible for enhancing the wall products offering and anticipating customers’ future needs. During his eight years with Wausau, his previous roles have included project management, technical and administrative roles; he served most recently as a process improvement manager.

Corey Roland, who has 30 years of experience with Wausau Window and Wall Systems, now serves as the company’s architectural sales representative for Florida and Georgia. Most recently, he worked as an estimating technical specialist responsible for quotation and order processes. His previous roles at Wausau include production planning and scheduling, estimating management, enterprise resource planning and other business process implementation.

YKK AP Promotes Greg Taylor to National Sales Manager
YKK AP America announced the promotion of Greg Taylor to national sales manager. Taylor, who previously served as regional sales manager, is now responsible for the development and overall performance of the company’s commercial products sales force throughout the United States.

Taylor brings more than 25 years of experience in architectural aluminum products to his current position. Prior to YKK AP, Taylor served as vice president for a major contracting firm in Texas.

Viracon Names Doug Zirngible Director of Maintenance and Engineering
Viracon has named Douglas Zirngible director of maintenance and engineering. In his new role, Zirngible will oversee all aspects of the maintenance and engineering departments and be based in the company’s Owatonna, Minn., headquarters.

Prior to become director of maintenance and engineering, Zirngible served as the production manager for the company’s tempering and insulating operations. He has worked in operations, engineering and maintenance capacities for more than 25 years and has completed the Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training.

AAMA Hires Southeast Region Codes Consultant
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced that Dwight Wilkes will be working as its consultant on codes issues pertaining to the Southeast region of the United States. As a part of this consultant role, Wilkes will utilize his existing relationships with key staff and officials in the Florida Building Commission and Southeast region state and local building and energy code organizations to help keep AAMA’s members informed about code changes affecting this region. He will analyze the effects of proposed state code changes in order to determine the impact on the industry. Wilkes additionally will advocate recommended Southeast Region code change proposals and public comments within the appropriate state code arenas as well as reporting the results of code hearings to AAMA members.  

Wilkes is a former building official in St. John’s County, Fla., and comes to this consulting role with extensive experience as a plans examiner as well.

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