Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013



Galaxy Glass & Stone appointed Steven Brenner as its new executive vice president. He will report directly to Galaxy president and CEO Eugene Negrin and will be responsible for leadership of sales and operation activities for the Fairfield, N.J.-based company.

Glen Barfknecht is the new vice president of operations for Tubelite Inc. He joins the company from its parent company, Apogee Enterprises Inc., where he served as director of operational excellence. He has 28 years of experience in a variety of senior operations management roles within several large corporations. Previously located in Minnesota, Barfknecht received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

He replaces Chuck Pope, who retired in May.

Besana Lovati Inc. in Winston Salem, N.C., appointed Dio Guerra to the position of national sales manager. Guerra, who has more than 28 years of experience in the glass fabricating industry, will be responsible for all sales activities in North America. Hal Strait has also been named sales agent for the company in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Strait has more than 30 years of experience in the glass industry in various roles in engineering, manufacturing and machine sales.

Attila Arian Named President of Shuco USA

Attila Arian is the new president of Schuco USA LLLP. Prior to his engagement with Schuco, Arian served as president of the New York-based U.S. operation of seele, a German-based high-end glazing contractor.

“I was always interested in Schuco, and when the opportunity became available in conjunction with the compelling business plan they presented to me I felt it would be a mistake [to not take the opportunity],” Arian told USGlass magazine.

Arian, who has an engineering degree from TU Darmstadt/Germany, has more than 23 years of senior and executive level experience in residential and commercial construction both in the U.S. and in Europe. He has been living and working in the U.S. for more than 13 years. He spent some time talking to USGlass about his new role and responsibilities, and some of his goals for the future.

Tell me about this new opportunity: Schuco is setting up a new line of international businesses and I had been in communication with them for some times and they have a strong, compelling case of for the U.S. market. They have comprehensive energy efficiency solutions for doors, windows and facades and I have always been surprised at the level of knowledge in the U.S. market about Schuco. Watching as a contractor and knowing both markets (U.S. and Germany) and now with such a high emphasis on energy efficiency in the U.S., I feel Schuco has the most comprehensive range of products for this market place. Schuco is making that knowledge available to the U.S. market. You need that good mix of the local fabricator capability and engineering know how combined with energy efficiency that is not only big business but also a real issue and a huge market.

What are some things on which you will be focusing? My biggest focus will be to bring Schuco back to its core competencies and align with what demands are in the U.S. I will look at fabricator line up, the market and products and bring the manpower on the road to service fabricators and architects.

Tell me a little more about the company. Schuco develops, engineers, fabricates and supplies high performance aluminum systems for facades, doors, windows, etc. The actual clients (partners) are fabricators and glazing contractors throughout the world. Schuco supplies a comprehensive range of products including hardware, software, processing equipment and tools, which are designed to empower fabricators throughout the world to provide energy-efficient building envelopes. The strength of Schuco fabricators is that they can provide high-performance building envelopes that are engineered in Europe, but fabricated locally.

Schuco systems are developed with architects for their prospective clients. A typical Schuco project consists of a client, architect and a fabricator. The company actively engages with all three parties to ensure the right outcome on a project. Besides aluminum systems, Schuco offers a wide range of products in building management systems.

What can the industry expect from Schuco in the future? In the next 12 months Schuco will be more present with local fabricators/industry events and will work toward expanding its fabricator network. At the same time we will continue our outreach to architects and consultants and work with them on projects in the U.S. The goal is to gain a sizable market share here in the U.S.


Industry veteran John Turnbull passed away in July at the age of 72. Turnbull spent a number of years with DuPont and was involved in the development of numerous industry standards.

Turnbull was a 1962 graduate of St. Francis College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He went on to receive his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1970. He worked for the E.I. DuPont Company until 1999, first in research and then in the Polymer Plastics department in Washington Works, W.Va., with a return to Wilmington, Del., as new venture manager.

Jake Hall of Whiteright, Texas, passed away October 23. He was 79. Hall most recently represented VVP in Mexico for the company’s sales of flat glass into the U.S.

Hall was preceded in death by his parents and wife and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by a son, Jacob Hall III of The Colony, Texas, and two sisters, Ella Baker and husband Jack of Sherman, Texas, and Effie Jones and husband Bill of Denison.


PGT Industries in Venice, Fla., has promoted Brad West to vice president and controller where he will oversee the company’s accounting and finance departments, as well as its risk management function.

West, who has more than 16 years of management experience in various manufacturing organizations, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is certified as a public accountant in Georgia.

new hires

Trulite announced that Jeff Haberer will lead the company’s technical service operations for both U.S. and Canada. Haberer joins Trulite after more than 27 years with Cardinal Glass.

Summit Glass Coatings LLC has selected George Barr of Des Parte and Associates and Greg Kelly of Kelly Associates to market and sell its DecraCoat glass products. Des Parte & Associates will represent the company for sales and marketing in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Northern Indiana, while Kelly Associates will represent the company in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Southern Illinois.

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