Volume 48, Issue 6- June 2013


Wausau Window and Wall Systems has a new president, Jim Waldron. Most recently, he was president of Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp. (MSMC), a provider of metal roofing, siding and building components for the commercial construction market. Prior to running MSMC, he was with The Timken Company, a provider of high-performance bearings and steel, for more than 20 years.

Waldron has a master’s degree in business administration from Illinois Benedictine College in the Chicago area and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He reports to Joseph Puishys, CEO of Wausua’s parent company, Apogee Enterprises.

The company also has several new sales managers. Russell Williams is its architectural sales representative serving customers in upstate New York, Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont and southern Quebec and southern Ontario.

Williams previously worked with Wausau’s long-time customer, Colorado-based glazing contractor J.R. Butler Inc. as a project manager, plant manager and project engineer.

Dan Cherney is serving as architectural sales representative for Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. Most recently, Cherney concluded a total of 16 years as a regional sales manager with CPI Daylighting Inc. of Illinois.

The company also hired David Baer as its architectural sales representative serving Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Most recently, he worked for Eldorado Stone as a southeast regional architectural sales representative.

Thermal Industries, a division of Atrium Corp., has promoted Richard Hardie to regional operations manager. He has been with the company for 32 years.

“During Richard’s 32 years of service at Thermal Industries, he has been instrumental in helping define the operational methods of our distribution facilities around the country,” says Scott Jeffreys, vice president of sales. “In most recent years, he has been very helpful in supporting the efforts of our East Coast distribution facilities, and we have decided to expand his role to the entire distribution network.”

Alissa Warnemunde Schmidt, an architectural design manager for Viracon, received the 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Minnesota State University Mankato.

She is one of 11 2013 alumni award winners.

Schmidt graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Distinguished Young Alumni Awards go to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers and have positively impacted their communities.

Also at Viracon, Nicholas Peake, architectural design specialist, earned accreditation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Peake joined the company’s architectural design department in March 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture, both from North Dakota State University.

new hires
Tubelite Inc. has recently added a number of new employees to its roster. Greg Hall is the new product development engineer for the company’s facility in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, he worked for ten years with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (formerly Vistawall) as a senior product development designer.

The company also announced three new client development managers. Mike Kwasny will serve Utah and southern Colorado. Most recently, he worked as a sales representative for Manko Windows Systems in Colorado. Scott Dooley will focus on Alabama and the Florida panhandle. He most recently worked at Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® where he was a sales representative for 14 years. And, John Wiemer will serve clients in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He spent 30 years as an architectural sales representative for Kawneer and most recently worked for Valley Building Specialties.

Heitmann & Associates Inc. in St. Louis hired Dennis Dueing as an architectural consultant and Colin Long as a drafting technician.

Dueing has significant building enclosure field experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University. He has worked as an architect in the St. Louis area for many years, according to the company.
Colin is a recent graduate of ITT Technical Institute with a special emphasis in computer-aided drafting and design technology.

Roger McGuire has joined the sales and architectural promotion team for Walker Textures acid-etched glass and mirror products. McGuire has more than ten years’ experience in the architectural industry and in his new position will be responsible for Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

He has worked for various companies in the construction field, including Bayer Materialscience LLC where he managed the architectural presentation team for the commercial building envelope, spray foam insulation and roofing system divisions.

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) presented two “Volunteer of the Year Awards” during its Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, held at its March meetings.

This year’s awards went to Gary Jones, operations manager for Ilsco Extrusions Inc. in Greenville, Pa., and Henry “Hank” Lowman, formerly of PPG Industries Inc. in Springdale, Pa., who was recognized posthumously.
Jones was a long-time member of the AEC Technical Services Committee and was integrally involved in helping the Council reach a reasonable compromise for the heat treatment standard issue known as “Footnote 9,” according to the AEC.

Lowman was a member of the Council’s Finishing Committee and was actively involved in developing the educational programs for the AEC Finishing Workshops. Lowman’s award was accepted on behalf of his family by Scott Moffatt, director of marketing for PPG.

IGMA’s Allison Beck Passes Away
Allison Beck, who served as the administrator for the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance (IGMA) passed away in April after a brave battle with cancer. She died at Ottawa General Hospital surrounded by her family and lots of love.

Beck worked for the industry since joining the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance of Canada (IGMAC) team in 1995 and was part of the transformation team after the merger with the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association in October 2000. She organized IGMA events and in the past few years had managed the IGMAC Certification Program.

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