Volume 47, Issue 11 - November 2012


board appointments
Denver-based RavenBrick announced that Leon Silverstein has joined its board of directors. Silverstein is one of six members of the re-organized board.

Silverstein, who has been in the fenestration industry for more than 32 years, is the former CEO of Arch Aluminum and Glass, a family company that employed 2,500 people and had sales in excess of $350M at its height. He is currently the chairman of Aldora Holdings, which manufactures custom storefronts, entrance doors and specializes in hurricane-resistant impact doors and windows. He is also CEO of HHH Architectural Tempering Systems, a manufacturer of glass tempering furnaces.

“I have been an early supporter of energy-efficient products for the fenestration industry and being a member of the RavenBrick board lets me be a part of some of these exciting changes in the future,” says Silverstein.

Quanex Building Products Corp. named Marty Ketelaar its new vice president of investor relations. Ketelaar’s key responsibility will be to continue quality analyst relations cultivated under the leadership of Jeff Galow, who is retiring this year.

Prior to this job, Ketelaar was vice president of investor relations and assistant treasurer for The ServiceMaster Company, a residential and commercial service network.

PPG Industries named Bryan Iams vice president, corporate communications and marketing. He will report to J. Rich Alexander, executive vice president.

In this role, Iams will be responsible for directing PPG’s global external and internal communications including strategic messaging, media relations, crisis and issues management, brand management, public affairs and communications process management, and he will provide direct communications support to PPG chair and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

Iams joins PPG from FedEx, where he served since May as principal advisor, communications, for FedEx Ground headquartered in Pittsburgh. Previously, he directed external communications activities for Bayer Corp. and Bayer MaterialScience in North America as head of strategic and external communications.

Grey Mountain Partners (GMP), which acquired Binswanger earlier this year, announced that Norm Plotkin has been named CEO of Binswanger Enterprises. Plotkin most recently served as CEO of GMP affiliate company Bolttech Mannings Inc. In addition, he has past experience as president and CEO of GMP’s affiliate company, Distribution International.

“Norm has an outstanding track record as a CEO at multiple companies that faced similar opportunities to those at Binswanger,” says Will Pucillo, associate for GMP. “His proven leadership style will benefit the current management team at Binswanger, its [more than] 800 employees, its national supplier network, and customers throughout the U.S.”

Glaston America Inc. named Scott Steffy as its new vice president of sales and service for the North American region. Previously Steffy served as regional service and sales manager in North America. As vice president, he will report to Arto Metsänen, president and CEO.

“As we all know the market in North America has been very challenging during the past years,” says Metsänen. “However, some signs of market recovery have been perceptible during this year and we hope that this trend will continue. Scott has a strong market knowledge and I wish him all the best in this new position.”

Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) announced several changes in senior executive positions. Takashi Fujino, previously senior executive officer of overall business management (finance) and general manager of the office of the president, is now the company’s senior executive officer of business management (finance), general manager of the office of the president and group leader of the company’s corporate planning group.

Shinji Miyaji, executive officer, and group leader of the corporate planning group and office of the president, became the company’s executive officer and deputy general manager of the office of the president.

new hires
Michael Collins, a columnist and blogger for USGlass’ sister publication, DWM magazine, now serves as managing director and partner of Building Industry Advisors LLC, which is a recently formed affiliate of Building Industry Partners. Collins, previously with Jordan Knauff and Co., says he is pleased that his new company has a singular focus on the building products industry.

Building Industry Partners is a private equity firm with a sole focus on providing capital to building product companies including: growth capital, recapitalizations, management buyouts, buy and build acquisition strategies, control and non-control investments and transaction amounts of $10-100 million.

“I will continue to provide the same industry research and the same services of assisting with mergers and acquisitions, but now with the affiliation of Building Industry Partners we are able to expand and write direct equity checks to acquire and invest in companies,” says Collins. “It allows me to maintain my focus on the industry and provide the full spectrum of capital in house.”

Accurate Perforating has selected Chris Abrey to become its new director of operational excellence. Abrey’s primary role will be to create a foundation to grow and strengthen lean and continuous improvement activities through training, education, and initiating at all levels. He has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, food manufacturing and printing, in a variety of different roles from maintenance, manufacturing engineering, program management, consulting and as a lean specialist.

John Rovi is Sapa Extrusions North America’s new business development manager of commercial building and construction.

In this role, Rovi, who authors a bi-weekly blog for USGlass magazine’s daily e-news service, USGNN.com™, will be responsible for expanding the company’s commercial building and construction offerings in the North American market.

Rovi has nearly 30 years’ experience in the industry and most recently served as director of business development for Curtain Wall Design & Consulting.

new hires
Larry Richert has been named continuous improvement manager for Tubelite Inc. Richert he will serve both of the company’s facilities in Reed City and Walker, Mich. His responsibilities include the development, standardization, training and implementation of the company’s continuous improvement tools used across all business levels.

Richert previously owned and operated Operations Management Group in Kalamazoo, Mich., for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he worked for Marvin Windows & Doors as the company’s continuous improvement manager.

In addition, the company has four new client development managers, George Rand, serving the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas; Fred Haas for the territory of Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and northern Virginia; Charlie Hall for Virginia; and Don Walker for Oklahoma and Texas.

Jim Collin Passes Away
Frederic “Jim” Collin, 72, a retired member of the AFG sales team, passed away in early October. For 36 years Collin travelled throughout the U.S. and Canada selling flat glass products and was well-known and liked by many people in the glass and glazing industry.

“Jim’s interest in his customers, transcended the business relationship,” says Mike Kelley from Tristar Glass. “With Jim, it was always personal. Our problems were his problems.”

Born on May 28, 1940 in Mexico, N.Y., Collin is survived by his wife, Doreen Collin, his two daughters and son-in-laws, and by four grandchildren.

Albert Balik, General Glass International, Secaucus, N.J.
Albert Balik, longtime executive for Secaucus, N.J.-based General Glass International (GGI), passed away in August.

Balik, along with his brother, Arthur, took over the family business, which was then called Max Balik’s Son, in the late 1940s, when their father, Herman Balik, a second-generation owner of the company, passed away. In 1960, the brothers decided to rename the business General Glass Industries Corp. GGI Glass Distributors Corp. was formed in 1990. The two companies consolidated under the name General Glass International in 2002.

Albert Balik’s son, Richard Balik, today runs the company with his cousin, David Balik. Albert Balik also is survived by his wife, Muriel.

John Hilboldt, National Glass and Glazing, St. Louis
John P. Hilboldt, the founder of National Glass and Glazing in St. Louis, passed away on August 25.

Hilboldt got his start in the industry as a glazier apprentice in 1947. He eventually ended up running Stanley Hanks Glass Co., which was purchased by Cupples Product and became Gateway Glass. In 1982, he left Gateway to start National Glass and Glazing with his sons, Denny and Larry.

Hilboldt is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine; ten children; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 50+ nieces and nephews.

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