Volume 46, Issue 7 - August 2011


new hires
CGI Windows and Doors Inc. announced that Tom Riscili has joined the company as president and chief executive officer.
Riscili has more than a decade of experience in the building products industry, most recently having served as president of Fypon Ltd. Prior to that he was vice president of Simonton Windows.

Brian Evans, former president, is no longer with the company.

Tubelite Inc. in Walker, Mich., has added Tom Minnon as eastern region sales manager of its architectural aluminum products, serving clients from Maine to Georgia. Minnon’s nearly four decades of experience has included positions with Kalwall, Kawneer and YKK AP.

Tubelite Inc. has two new client development managers: Scott Huff will serve customers in North and South Carolina while Terry Britt will serve Indiana, eastern Missouri and central to southern Illinois. Huff previously was employed with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™. Britt has worked for PPG Industries, Glasmont Corp. and Arch Aluminum and Glass.

Ellison Bronze Inc. in Falconer, N.Y., has named Frank Lane of Lane Associates as its newest representative. Lane will supply Ellison custom balanced doors to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

John A. Krajewski has joined Montreal-based Walker Glass’ architectural promotion team for the Textures acid-etched glass and mirror products. Krajewski brings more than 15 years of experience. His territory will cover seven states from Virginia to New York.

Jeff McGovern is the new operations manager for HTL LLC.years and has held several senior management positions with Trainor Glass Co.

Ryan Hedgepeth has accepted the position of thermal/engineering specialist for HTL’s Thermal Performance Laboratory.

Glassopolis general manager Rob Botman and his wife, Melissa, welcomed their third child in June. Jasper was born at 8 pounds 10 ounces.

Industry Legend A.A. “Sak” Sakhnovsky Passes Away
A.A. “Sak” Sakhnovsky, president and principal of Construction Research Laboratory Inc. in Miami, passed away June 19 at his home.

Sakhnovsky tested his first curtainwall mockup in the summer of 1955 when he operated a lab at the University of Miami. After leaving the university in 1968, he established Construction Research Laboratory, specializing in curtainwall tests. The lab has 40 test chambers and has provided testing for a number of monumental projects, including the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago and the Twin Towers in New York.

Sakhnovsky lectured worldwide and conducted seminars for numerous professional societies and trade organizations. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and a member of the ASTM Committee E-6 on Performance of Buildings. He was instrumental in developing the ASTM static water leakage test procedure in the early 1960s and the procedure today is substantially as originally written. Photo: Mark Meshulam, ChicagoWindowExpert.com

Louisville Plate Glass’ Patricia Hill Dodge Dies
Patricia Hill Dodge, long-time secretary treasurer and board member of both Louisville Plate Glass Co. (LPG) and TGI in Atlanta, passed away on June 27.

“I have lost one of the dearest friends I have ever had in my lifetime,” said Bill Stone, LPG president, at the time of her passing. “There will be a void in my heart forever.”

Dodge leaves behind two loving and daughters, Robin Dodge Graf and Susan Vetter Jones; three grandsons, Parker and Christian Graf, and Fred E Grim III; and nephew Brian Walker, the general manager of LPG.

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