Volume 48, Issue 7- July 2013


Eastman Chemical Co.’s board of directors has appointed Mark J. Costa president, effective immediately and CEO effective January 1, 2014. The board also appointed Costa to serve as a director, effective immediately, until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2014.

Costa previously served as executive vice president.

James P. Rogers will continue to serve as chairperson and CEO until January 1, 2014. He will then serve as executive chairperson of the board. According to a statement from Eastman, the transition is part of the board’s normal succession planning process.

Costa currently heads the company’s Additives and Functional Products and Advanced Materials segments. He also serves as chief marketing officer and has responsibility for the company’s corporate innovation organization.

Nick Randall has been named the new general manager for Alcoa Architectural Products (AAP), North America.

Randall began his career with Alcoa in 2007 when he was appointed quality and continuous improvement manager for Kawneer United Kingdom. He was named operations director a year later, and served in that capacity until 2011, when he was appointed plant manager for the Traco division of Kawneer Co., an Alcoa business and sister company to AAP. Prior to joining Alcoa, Randall served as a lead launch engineer for Jaguar Cars.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering systems from Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, England.

Milpitas, Calif. -based View Inc. has named Jim Miller as vice president of worldwide sales. Miller comes to View with 25 years of experience in technology sales and marketing. Most recently he was chief sales and marketing officer at Bridgelux, an LED lighting company. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of TerraLUX Inc. Previously, he held the position of vice president of global geographic sales at Philips Lumileds. In addition to his experience in the LED industry, Miller spent 18 years in the data storage industry in various sales and marketing leadership roles.

Kawneer Co. Inc. appointed Ivan Rus as sales manager for its central region. His territory includes West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota.

Rus began his career with Alcoa more than a decade ago, first serving as the manager of Kawneer’s Cleveland service center. He later joined the sales team as architectural sales representative.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

PPG Industries has named Bradley P. Boone as the market manager of its, residential segment, PPG flat glass.

A 33-year PPG veteran, Boone brings experience in the production of glass and in the technical support and marketing of glass products. For the past 12 years, he has been a senior account manager serving residential, architectural and solar glass customers in the northeastern U.S.

Jacob Gaddis is the new director of pre-construction services for United Architectural Metals (UAM) in North Canton, Ohio. Gaddis, who most recently served as design assist manager at UAM, will be in charge of the sales and marketing effort for the company’s high-performance façade offer ings. He will oversee the pre-construction department.

He is a graduate of Kent State University, where he also received his master’s degree in architecture. He also is a member of the National Council Architectural Board.

new hires
The Wagner Companies appointed Pete Losiniecki as manager of information systems. In this role, he is responsible for all technological infrastructure, e-commerce/web capabilities, and aligning software resources with business practices.

Losiniecki has more than 25 years of information systems and technology experience, and most recently served as a freelance consultant in and around the Milwaukee area. Losiniecki is a graduate of the Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based St. Cloud Window Inc. has hired Lisa Reschke to serve as production supervisor. Reschke is well versed in lean manufacturing strategies and has more than 15 years of production supervisor experience from Dakota Growers Pasta Co. and Boston Scientific, according to the company.

now representing
Auburn, Wash.-based Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has hired David Hogan of Architectural Products to cover Arizona. Hogan has been in the glass industry since 1981 as a glazier and transitioned into sales representation. After representing some of the largest building product suppliers in the U.S., he started his own firm in 1997, and recently joined forces with Architectural Products.

Abe Armenteros has joined Bohle America as a Miami-based sales manager.

Armenteros has been active in the Florida glazing industry for more than 30 years with companies such as Miller Industries, Progressive Glass Technology, and most recently C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.

Armenteros is based in Miami and will cover the entire state of Florida.

View Inc. has contracted with Ned Burns of Burns Architectural as its sales representative in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Michael McAskin, 62, of Farmington Hills, Mich., died suddenly on March 20. He founded Glass and Metal Distributors, which he opened in 1985, and Great Lakes Glass Distributors. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia, as well as children, including Katie, Courtney, Patrick, Jim and John Angus. His siblings include Kathy Luyben, Thomas, Gordie and Colleen. He was a grandfather of nine.

Mahlon “Mike” Wiles, a former vice president of Vistawall, passed away on May 15. He was 80. Wiles, who resided in Port Lavaca, Texas, was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, and his parents. He is survived by his son, Michael Reed Wiles, his wife, Mary Bush, of Lolita, Texas; a daughter, Teresa, and her husband, Rick Thompson and daughter, Carisa Thompson, of Indianapolis; a sister, Dixie Ray of Bloomington, Ind.; and his significant other, Neecy Wuensch of Port Lavaca and her children,

Donald “Don” Edward Graham passed away on June 1 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 65. Graham most recently served as managing sales director for the Indianapolis-based Blakley Corp.’s architectural wall systems division, having been with the company for 28 years. Graham is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Kay Graham; his two children, Brian Jeffry Graham (Laura), and Kevin Wayne Graham (Julie); brothers, Tomas Michael Graham (Annette) and Dennis James Graham; five grandchildren; his nephew Matt Graham (Sami); and niece Andrea Graham.

Russel J. (Russ) Ebeid, former president of Guardian Glass Group, received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). Ebeid, who joined Guardian in 1970, spent more than 40 years in the glass industry before retiring in September 2011.

During his tenure with Guardian he worked at all ranks – from maintenance to plant engineering, production manager, plant manager and group vice president – before being named president of the Glass Group worldwide.

In 2008, he was featured in this magazine’s list of the Glass Industry’s 50 Most Influential People and told USGlass his heroes were his parents “who were knapsack immigrants who came to the United States without money, language or contacts … Their core values taught us that unselfishness, consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and measured decision-making were the currencies of life.”

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is presented by NECO to honor the contributions made by immigrants to the United States, their home countries and traditions, and the legacy they leave behind for the next generations. According to NECO, the honorees include native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from diverse backgrounds who are said to “exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage.”

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year the recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.

The Board of the Finnish Flat Glass Association, Suomen Tasolasiyhdistys ry, has unanimously voted Jorma Vitkala as Glass Builder of the Year 2013, for his achievements as the initiator and organizer of Glass Performance Days (GPD). Among Vitkala’s achievements, he has promoted cooperation and information exchange within the glass industry, both in Finland and internationally, while establishing Finland within the industry and as a conference location, according to a release.

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