Volume 47, Issue 8 - August 2012


Finland-based Glaston has made several executive changes, including the promotion of several within the company. Among these is Roberto Quintero, who has been appointed senior vice president of the machines business area, pre-processing and tools product lines. Quintero also serves as a member of the company’s executive management group in his new role. He previously served as the director for the company’s heat treatment product line.

Additionally, Juha Liettyä, who most recently served as senior vice president of services, has been appointed senior vice president of the machines business area, heat treatment product line, and managing director of Glaston Finland Oy.

Pekka Huuhka, who had been serving as senior vice president of supply chain, has been appointed senior vice president of services.

Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS) has named Donnie Hunter architectural manager for North America. In his new position, Hunter will lead a team responsible for the promotion of the Kawneer, Traco and Reynobond brands to the architectural community with the goal of driving specification, new product adoption and overall demand for the Alcoa BCS North America product range. Hunter got his start with Alcoa in 1983 as a sales trainee for Kawneer for the Southern region, working in the Jonesboro, Ga., manufacturing facility. From 1984 through 2001, he held various sales positions and was responsible for architectural promotion and customer sales in the Southern region. In 2001, Hunter joined Kawneer’s inaugural architectural services team, where he was responsible for providing architects with product application and technical assistance. He moved into product management in 2003 when he first worked as the product team leader for hurricane resistant products, later shifting to product manager, protective glazing products, and most recently, product manager, storefront, entrances and framing.

Glass Doctor has named Doug Dotson vice president of operations. Dotson most recently served as vice president of franchise relations and training at the company.

Dotson succeeds Michael Gai, who has been named vice president of system accounts for Glass Doctor parent company The Dwyer Group Inc.

new hires
Minneapolis-based Sage has hired Alan McLenaghan to serve as its vice president of operations. McLenaghan will manage the company’s new manufacturing facility currently under construction in Faribault, Minn.

McLenaghan previously served as site director for Verallia North America, a Saint-Gobain group company based in Muncie, Ind. Saint-Gobain recently acquired Sage through its purchase of the company’s outstanding shares in May (see related story in June USGlass, page 20). McLenaghan began his 15-year career with Saint-Gobain in 1998 when he led construction of the company’s float glass manufacturing plant in Eggborough, North Yorkshire, England. Prior to Saint-Gobain, he spent three years with DuPont and seven with ICI in both the United Kingdom and United States.

WinTech has hired Steve McColloch to be the product manager for the company’s commercial windows division.

McColloch most recently worked for Springfield, Mo.-based Boyd and prior to that, was with EFCO Corp.

The Italian Association of Glass Processing Machinery and Accessories Suppliers (Gimav) has elected Cinzia Schiatti to serve as chair of the group for a third term. The election was held during Gimav’s recent general meeting.

Schiatti says her main focus in this role will be to implement effective strategies to promote Italian-made production in markets with a high potential for Italian glass technology. Schiatti has served as chair of Gimav since 2008. She previously spent 28 years working as the sales manager for Italy-based Schiatti Angelo s.r.l.

Don DeMichele, DeMichele Group
Don DeMichele, founder of the DeMichele Group, passed away in June at the age of 75.

DeMichele founded the company in 1977 to develop software for the flat glass industry. In 1984, he created Red Mountain Research Laboratory to provide microcomputer-based software for the contract glazing market, according to information provided by DeMichele Group.

DeMichele is survived by two daughters, Lisa Hefner and Maria Jacobs, and five grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Kathryn, Jake and Olivia.

Don Wessinger, Childress Engineering Services
Don Wessinger of Childress Engineering Services passed away in July, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wessinger began his career in 1956 as a draftsman and project manager for window wall and curtainwall projects. He eventually became owner and president of Tejas Panels from 1978 to 1992.

Most recently, Wessinger had served as principle consultant for building envelope services for Childress Engineering Services Inc.

Thomas Young, Stone & Glazing Consulting
Industry veteran Thomas D. Young of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away in May. Young most recently worked with Dallas-based Stone & Glazing Consulting.

He joined the company in 1998 and retired in 2007 as a senior consultant.

Prior to his retirement, Young also worked as a project manager on the new Denver International Airport for A 1 Glass Co. He also served as general manager of West Coast operations for Olden & Co., and served in numerous roles for PPG Industries from 1973 to 1987. Young got his start in the industry with Kawneer Co., where he worked from 1956 to 1972.

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