Volume 48, Issue 2- February 2013


Ron Vaupel was appointed president and CEO of Guardian Industries based in Auburn Hills, Mich. He also joins the company’s board of directors. All four Guardian division presidents will report to him, including Scott Thomsen with Guardian Glass.

Vaupel most recently served as vice president of business development for Koch Industries, which acquired a minority stake in Guardian. He also held a number of positions at Koch, including president of Koch Hydrocarbon Company LP.

Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC in Deerfield Beach, Fla., has a new CEO, Paul Schmitz. Schmitz succeeds Jeff Leone, whose plans were not disclosed at press time.

Most recently, Schmitz, who has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University, led ThermaSys Corp., a manufacturer of copper, brass and aluminum heat exchanger components and assemblies. Like Trulite (formerly Arch Aluminum & Glass Co.), ThermaSys Corp. was previously a Sun Capital affiliate company.

Seattle-based Hartung Glass Industries promoted Kirk Johnson to the position of chief operating officer. Johnson, who has been in the glass industry for 17 years, joined the company in September 2011 as regional sales manager and was promoted to director of sales in January 2012. Previously, Johnson worked in a variety of capacities with ACI/Vitro for more than ten years and Arch Aluminum & Glass for more than five years.

Johnson will have overall sales and operational responsibility for Hartung Glass Industries and its divisions, including Agalite Shower & Bath Enclosures, Holcam Bath Enclosures and Lami Glass Products in all ten locations.

organizational changes
Paris-based Saint-Gobain announced a new European management structure for Faribault, Minn.-based Sage, which it acquired last year.

Kirk Ratzel, director of marketing and sales, will lead the specification team. Alain Garnier (Central and Eastern Europe), whose past experiences include market development of photovoltaic solutions for buildings; Jean-Jacques Sanson (France), who previously provided glass expertise for major curtainwall contracts; and Jeff Upton (UK and Ireland), a former senior façade engineer for major façade projects, are also part of the team.

The architectural solutions team will be headed by Alexandre Richard, former project manager of major dynamic glazing projects within Saint-Gobain. His team includes Julien Orillard, who has six years of market development and field experience with electrochromic dynamic glazing; Annabelle Andreau Wiedermaier, who participated in the development of dynamic glass solutions for Saint-Gobain; and Jean-Sébastien Chargé, who has technical knowledge in major photovoltaic installations.

new hires
McGrory Glass Inc. of Paulsboro, N.J., hired Steven Brenner as director of architectural sales. In this role, Brenner will oversee marketing, product development and will work to grow the overall sales pipeline of the company’s architectural sales division, according to a company release.

He comes to McGrory with more than 30 years of experience in the glass industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of sales for General Glass International and prior to that as vice president of sales for Floral Glass.

Thermal Industries, a Pittsburgh-based division of Atrium Corp., recently named Dave Steinberg as sales manager.

Steinberg comes to Thermal Industries with more than 30 years of experience in the window industry.

Accurate Perforating has added a new member to its team, naming Brett Sprietler as its continuous improvement engineer. Sprietler, who recently transitioned from the automotive industry to the metal fabrication industry, has a background in manufacturing operations.

Sprietler is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology – manufacturing specialization. Most recently, he spent the last four years working for Northstar Aerospace as a continuous improvement engineer, and with the Chrysler Group as an industrial engineering supervisor on the Dodge Dart launch team.

comings and goings
Finland-based Glaston Corp. announced that Günter Befort, senior industrial advisor and member of its executive management group left the company November 15, 2012. According to the announcement, he will not be replaced.

“With more than 35 years experience [in] the glass industry, of which the last 20 years [were] at Albat+Wirsam, Günter Befort has created a large network and his know-how from the glass industry has been of great value to us,” says Arto Metsänen, CEO and president of Glaston Corp. “I want to thank him for his strong input and also for sharing his expertise with us.”

Larry Calhoun recently celebrated 39 years working for Glass Doctor, part of the Dwyer Group, in Seattle and was honored with the Service Professional of the Year Award during the Dwyer Group’s 2012 reunion.

In 1973, then a 26-year-old veteran, Calhoun was hired at the first Glass Doctor shop positioning him as the longest-standing Glass Doctor employee; the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.

Former Glass Doctor of King & Pierce Counties franchise owner Michael Gai, who took over the franchise in 2003, says Calhoun is a “rare breed,” and he trusted him completely.

“I didn’t know the glass business, but with Larry there, it didn’t matter,” says Gai, current vice president of system sales at the Dwyer Group Inc. “I knew he had the knowledge, the character and the pride to always do a good job. Larry is the epitome of a truly professional tradesman.”

Calhoun says one of the highlights of his career took place on the day of President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. But his reasoning has nothing to do with politics. On that day, what became known as the Inauguration Day Storm, a huge windstorm with winds up to 105 miles-per-hour struck the Northwest causing a power outage for two to three days.

“It was awful, but it was one of the few times where everybody pulled together,” he says. “There wasn’t the griping about this or that. It was just get out there, kick butt and get the thing boarded up.”

During Gai’s ownership, he moved Calhoun out of the field and into the office. Calhoun accepted the challenge. “Larry adapted,” Gai says. “He was always willing to adapt to help the company. He is the heritage of Glass Doctor.”

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