Volume 47, Issue 3 - March 2012


new hires
Paul Trainor, previously of Trainor Glass, has joined Skyline Sky-Lites in Colorado Springs, Colo., as manager of business development. The appointment was announced shortly after Trainor’s closure in February (see related story on page 10). Trainor also has experience with Traco Windows and Arpal Aluminum.

Robert Mastrapa has joined Glasswerks L.A. Inc., headquartered in South Gate, Calif., as operations manager. Mastrapa, a 30-year veteran in the glass industry worked for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope of Santa Monica, Calif., as assistant general manager prior to his appointment at Glasswerks. He will be responsible for implementing the “6S System” at Glasswerks’ main fabrication facility in South Gate.

Tubelite Inc. of Walker, Mich., has named John Young as client development manager providing storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems for North and South Carolina, and southern Virginia. Owner of J&L Young LLC, Young will serve this territory as an independent sales representative, while working closely with Tubelite’s new office in Rock Hill, S.C. He brings 27 years of experience in the glass, glazing and architectural metal’s industry, including six as an independent sales representative.

Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., has hired Kevin Anez as director of marketing and product management. With 19 years of experience in the building materials industry, Anez comes to Viracon from Andersen Window Corp., where he was the product marketing manager for the 200 and 400 Series Window business. He will report to Bob Randall, Viracon’s vice president of marketing and business development.

Anez previously was an adjunct professor in marketing at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. He holds three degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin Stout, a master’s degree in manufacturing systems and a master’s in business administration in marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

Soladigm of Milpitas, Calif., has appointed Jim Pape as chief commercial officer (CCO). Pape has more than two decades of sales, marketing, product development and customer service experience, and was most recently the president of San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower Corp.’s global residential and commercial business units. As CCO, Pape will be responsible for managing and expanding global commercial activities.

Dorma Americas of Reamstown, Pa., recently named Wil van de Wiel president.

Van de Wiel, who most recently was president of Dorma Architectural Hardware, brings to this position domestic and international experience. Prior to joining Dorma, he served as managing director for Bosch Security Systems based in Lancaster, Pa.

Van de Wiel succeeds Larry O’Toole, who has served as president for seven years and plans to pursue opportunities outside of the company.

McGrory Glass Inc. of Paulsboro, N.J., has made several recent person nel appointments. Tim Matthews has become vice president of architectural sales. He will oversee the marketing, product development and overall sales performances of the company’s architectural glass products. He has supervised the architectural glass sales and marketing for the last 10 years. Additionally, Jerry Stoneberger has become the sales and marketing manager for the Corning Med-X glass materials. He has more than 30 years of experience in the specialty glass market, and has spent the last 23 years at McGrory.

HAGA Names Irene Lopez 2011 Glass Professional of the Year
The Houston Area Glass Association (HAGA) recently named Irene Lopez of M.I. Glass Inc. in Houston as the 2011 Glass Professional of the Year. Lopez received the award during HAGA’s dinner meeting on January 12.

A member of HAGA for the last 15 years, Lopez has been involved in the industry for 23 years. “My husband, Mario, and I opened our business, a retail glass shop, M.I. Glass, in Houston in 1989,” she says. “We fabricate, install and sell to the public.
We do everything related to glass and aluminum.”

Lopez is “always upbeat, always behind the scenes, very pleasant, always smiling and always positive,” says David Ozment, Gulf Coast account executive for Binswanger and past president of HAGA. “She has a warm heart, very much a family woman and very much a business professional. She’s devoted, brings fresh ideas, and an inside- and outside-the-box thinker. Her strong motherly instinct comes into the business. She’s special. She’s been there for years and does what’s best for the association.”

Wayne Harding Jr., Boulder, Colo.
Wayne Harding Jr., founder of Harding Glass in Boulder, Colo., passed away on February 14. He was 90.

Harding was a veteran of World War II as a Navy Pilot, and, following his discharge, became a test pilot for Vought Aircraft in Connecticut. Eventually, he decided to join his father in the glass business, and in 1947 they bought Acme Glass in Topeka, Kan. The company became Harding Glass and, by 1965, it had grown to 56 operations in eight states. In 1968, Harding founded Harding Steel, which makes mechanical parking devices and still exists today. Harding sold Harding Glass to Sun Co. in 1978, and, through several mergers and acquisitions, the company now is a part of Binswanger Glass.

Harding also was the author of three books, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a 60+ year member of Rotary International, a 66-year member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics, and an active member of the Denver Leadership Foundation. He also was a past president of the Flat Glass Marketing Association, a predecessor to the Glass Association of North America, based in Topeka, Kan.

Harding is survived by his wife, Valerie Warner; five children; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, in 2000.

Barbara Vos, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Barbara Vos, the co-founder of Vos Glass Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away on February 8 at the age of 79. She co-founded the company with her late husband, Clarence “Jake” Vos, in 1982.

Vos is survived by her three children; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

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