Volume 47, Issue 10 - October 2012


Guardian Industries has hired Bill Widmann to serve as its vice president of sales and marketing for its North America Flat Glass operations. Widmann oversees Guardian’s team of sales and marketing professionals for its North American products and services including its commercial, residential and interiors product lines.

Before joining Guardian, Widmann served as vice president of sales for Rehrig Pacific, an international plastic packaging manufacturer.

Widmann reports to Mark Lacasse, group vice president, North American flat glass, who was named to this position when Scott Thomsen was promoted to the role of president of Guardian Glass last year.

Lacasse oversees all aspects of flat glass operations in North America, which includes the company’s seven float glass plants and four fabrication facilities, as well as marketing, sales, financial, business development and services. Lacasse was vice president of Latin America before taking on North American operations last year.

Sasu Koivumäki has been appointed Glaston’s new chief financial officer, effective October 1. He succeeds Tapio Engström, who is leaving the company as of October 19. Engström also served as a member of the company’s executive management group.

Koivumäki previously was in charge of Glaston’s operations in North America. Before moving to the United States, he worked as Glaston’s Group Treasurer from 2006 to 2009 and as managing director of a Finnish subsidiary of Glaston from 2004 to 2006.

With this promotion, Koivumäki will become a member of Glaston’s executive management group and will report to president and CEO Arto Metsänen.

YKK AP America has promoted both Troy A. Hein and Warren D. Saunders Jr. to the role of senior account managers. According to the company, the two have met the qualifications of the position under its America’s Sales Force Career Development Program.

Bradley Voreis has been named vice president of operations for Glass Doctor. He succeeds Doug Dotson, who recently resigned to run his own Glass Doctor franchise (see related story in August USGlass, page 24).

Voreis has served for the past year as franchise consultant at Glass Doctor for more than 30 franchisees across the U.S. Prior to working with the corporate office, he served as chief financial officer and operations manager at the Glass Doctor of North Texas franchise, owned by Larry Patterson. Voreis has a degree in economics from Denison University.

new hires
Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGH) has hired Chris Grilliot as vice president of sales for the security glass division of Global Security Glazing (GSG). GSG is one of several portfolio companies that operates under the CGH portfolio, including Columbia Commercial Building Products, Custom Components and Hawkins Architectural Products. Grilliot has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience with an emphasis on industrial manufacturing from companies such as Guardian Industries and Kane Detention, as well as experience in the aerospace trade.

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