Volume 46, Issue 3 - April 2011


retirements and resignations
Lyle Hill Retires from MTH Industries
Lyle R. Hill, president of Chicago-based MTH Industries, has announced his retirement from the company at the end of this month.

Hill has served as president of the glass-metal contract glazing company since 1981 and started his career with the company nearly 41 years ago. Under his leadership, the company completed many high profile jobs—and even a few that most others were afraid to attempt. Navy Pier, the Republic Bank of Houston, the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and Chicago’s newest tourist attraction, the Willis Tower Ledge (see October 2009 USGlass, page 40), were all MTH projects. In 2007, the company completed the Anish Kapoor “Cloud Gate” sculpture in Millennium Park in Chicago, a project most experts agreed could not be produced as designed. But MTH did so, breaking new ground in the metal fabrication arena.

When asked of his plans for the future, Hill said. “I plan to sleep for about a month. Then once I wake up, I plan to mow my lawn. This is something I haven’t had the time to do myself for a number of years, so I am looking forward to that. Then, after a month or two of sleeping and mowing, I’ll make a decision as to what the future might hold.” He will continue his column in USGlass magazine.

Those who wish to reach Hill may do so by using his USGlass e-mail at lhill@glass.com.

Greg Silvestri Leaves Viracon
Greg Silvestri, president of Viracon and executive vice president of its parent company Apogee Enterprises, has left the organization, effective February 25. A statement issued by Viracon says in the interim Apogee chief executive officer (CEO) Russ Huffer will be leading the company.

However, Apogee announced in January 2011 Huffer’s retirement, pending the naming of a successor (see January/February 2011 USGlass, page 52).

Christine Shaffer, Viracon’s director of marketing, told USGlass that Huffer will work with the Viracon leadership team until his successor as Apogee CEO is named and can select the next Viracon president.
Silvestri joined Viracon in 2007 and was appointed president in January 2009.

Donn Harter Retires; AGA Ceases Operation
The America’s Glass Association (formerly the California Glass Association) announced on March 11 that it has discontinued operations upon the retirement of its president and technical director Donn Harter. A letter sent by AGA to all members cited “the current economic conditions” as a reason for the cessation of operations.

According to the letter: “For the past 35 years, the glass association and glass industry have benefited from Donn’s leadership, knowledge, determination and foresight. When he saw a need or identified a void in the glass industry, from the local to national level, he worked tirelessly to fill it. During his years as president of the California Glass Association he created such recognizable products as the Source™ pocketGuide™, Glass Expo West, Glazing magazine and Bug-it™ just to name a few. He became the country’s leading expert on safety glazing and fire-rated codes and provided countless hours of codes interpretation and consultation, including legislative and committee representation for California and the nation.”

Harter will continue in the industry in a codes consultation service, where he will advise glass companies on safety glazing and fire-rated codes.

Traco Announces Retirement of John Kalakos
John Kalakos, manager of commercial operations for Traco, a subsidiary of Alcoa, has retired from the company. Kalakos has been with the company for 42 years.

Kalakos joined Traco as a sales representative in 1969. During his time with the company, he held several key positions including national sales manager, executive vice president and vice president/general manager of the commercial group.

new hires
Wood’s Powr-Grip® Announces New Technical Sales Representative
Holly Anderson is the newest addition to the Wood’s Powr-Grip technical sales staff. Anderson is a Montana native with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Montana State University - Billings.
Anderson comes to the company with a background in marketing, advertising and sales.

Daugherty Joins GIESSE Sales Team
Roger Daugherty has joined the sales team of GIESSE North America, a subsidiary of the Giesse Group in Bologna, Italy. Daugherty will spearhead GIESSE sales to door and window manufacturers in the Western United States and Canada, as well as parts of the Midwest.

Prior to joining GIESSE, Daugherty spent 23 years in technical sales and management in a similar industry.

Wausau Adds Southeastern Sales Rep, LEED APs
Wausau Window and Wall Systems in Wausau, Wis., has hired Chris Gall as its sales representative serving the Southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Ken Carpenter previously managed this territory. He retired at the end of February.

Based in South Carolina, Gall works closely with the area’s building owners, architects, general contractors and glazing contractors. He began his career with Wausau sister company Tubelite Inc. and most recently worked at United States Aluminum Corp.

Basco Appoints New Regional Sales Manager
Basco Shower Enclosures has added Brian Marton as its Southeast regional sales manager. Marton has represented Basco serving as a manufacturer’s representative in Florida since 2005. He was recognized with the Sales Achievement Award in 2006, Eastern Region Representative of the Year in 2006 and 2007, the National Outstanding Growth Award and the National New Business Growth Award in 2008. His new sales territory will include the southeast region, from Texas to the Carolinas.

Shields Takes on Doralco’s Central U.S. Sales
Doralco Architectural Metals in Alsip, Ill., has appointed Dan Shields to regional sales for the Central United States. In his new role, Shields will be responsible for the company’s sales strategies in the region, in addition to providing training and education for customers.

Dlubak Marketing Manager Welcomes Second Child
Dlubak Corp. marketing manager Alyssa Dlubak Bodiford and her husband, Rick, welcomed their second child, Chloe Cadyn Bodiford, on March 1. Chloe weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Joining Alyssa and Rick in welcoming Chloe were big brother Cole and “Pappap” Frank Dlubak, president of Dlubak Corp.

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