Volume 49, Issue 4 - April 2014



Burghard Schneider is the new CEO of Bystonic glass Group. He succeeds Andre Brütsch. In his position, Schneider also will become a member of the Conzzeta AG management group.

Schneider earned his doctorate in machine construction at Munich Technical University. He spent ten years with Schott AG, where he held a number of senior posts. Most recently, he worked for the Felss Group, which is involved in machinery and systems engineering.

Juha Liettyä has been appointed senior vice president for Glaston’s machines business area.

Previously, Liettyä headed the machines business area’s heat treatment product line. He joined Glaston in 1986 and has been a member of the executive management group since 2007.

Roberto Quintero, senior vice president of the pre-processing product line of the company’s machines business area and a member of the executive management group, left the company in late February by joint agreement.

Bonded Technology Corp. appointed Michael Newman as president. He comes to the position with more than 24 years of experience in the architectural laminated metal panel industry.

Steve Chen, executive vice president of Crystal Window & Door Systems, has assumed the title of chief operating officer. Crystal founder and president Thomas Chen assumes the title of CEO.

Since joining the company’s executive ranks in 2005, Steve Chen has expanded his scope of responsibility for the general operations of the company. In addition to running all the New York-based main production and headquarters operations, he directs branch offices and the national sales organization, and provides oversight for the door and window production facility in Chicago. He is also president of Crystal Extrusions, the company’s wholly owned aluminum extrusion subsidiary, and coordinates operations with an affiliated manufacturer in California.

Thomas Chen launched Crystal Window & Door Systems in 1990 and has led company growth and expansion, with products now distributed in more than 35 states. As CEO he will focus primarily on strategic initiatives related to new markets, manufacturing expansion plans, entrepreneurial ventures into related industries and overseas activities.

new hires
OptiGas/Integrated Automation Systems hired Ryan McHugh as vice president of sales. In addition to sales and customer service, he will provide gas-filling and testing system installation, training and engineering support.

McHugh, who is the son of Mike McHugh, OptiGas president, worked as a manufacturing engineer in the nuclear operations division of Babcock & Wilcox Co. and as a technical sales engineer with Dixon Sanitary, which makes hygienic fittings, valves, pumps and accessories for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

McHugh graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology. He worked in the insulating glass fabrication industry while in high school and during summers while in college.

Ted Krantz joined Colombia-based Tecnoglass as the company’s vice president of business development. Most recently Krantz served as director of skyline quality standards with PPG, from which he retired March 1.

According to a statement from Tecnoglass, “It’s not very often you have an opportunity to bring someone into your business organization with unquestionable integrity, years of experience, knowledge, and contacts. It is perfect timing for Tecnoglass as we are ready to implement our business plan to selectively increase our sales into the North American commercial market.”

The new vice president of sales at Ramapo is Shannon Carlin, a 19-year veteran of the door and window industry. He most recently served as vice president of sales for Cleveland-based Intigral Inc.

Carlin will be responsible for leading the company’s North American sales team along with developing and supporting the strategic direction of the company.


Sunset Glazing VP and Co-Founder Passes Away
John Sullivan
, vice president and senior project manager for San Diego-based Sunset Glazing, passed away in January. He was 66.

Sullivan got his start in the glass industry in 1969 as an apprentice for Center Glass Co., where he eventually became a journeyman glazier and lead man. In 1980, he co-founded Mesa Contract Glazing Inc., which later became Sunset Glazing. Sullivan initially served as vice president and field superintendent, until being promoted to his most recent role in 1990. He had retired from the company in December 2013, shortly before his death.

Crystal Windows Quality Assurance Manager Passes Away
Bill Rau, manager of Crystal Window & Door Systems’ quality assurance department, passed away recently.

Rau joined Crystal in 2010 and had served previously as engineering manager for project design and fulfillment with Architectural Window Manufacturing in Rutherford, N.J. Prior to that, he served in design engineering capacities with Kawneer/Alcoa in Norcross, Ga., and Graham in York, Pa., focusing on product development and design, in-house and field testing, code compliance.

“Bill instilled a strong emphasis on quality and brought Crystal to a new level,” says Joseph Chang, production manager for Crystal. “He left a great legacy.”

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