Volume 49, Issue 2 - February 2014



Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) appointed Gerald Hendrick as president of the company’s U.S. Aluminum division. Hendrick has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and has held senior management positions with Assa Abloy, and most recently, Dorma USA, where he was president of the Entrance Systems Division and previously senior vice president of sales. He also is a former executive vice president of Atlanta Door Controls.

Hendrick will be based out of CRL-U.S.Aluminum’s central Waxahachie, Texas, service center.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems appointed Dave Stevens as Custom Window™ by Wausau product manager, based in Englewood, Colo.; Kevin Sarr as architectural sales representative for upstate New York, Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont, Southern Quebec and Southern Ontario; and Russell Williams, who previously served the New England region, as the new architectural sales representative for the Rocky Mountain region.

Stevens joined the company when it acquired the assets of Colorado-based Custom Window Co. Inc. He has more than 25 years’ experience. Sarr is based in Old Saybrook, Conn., and joins Wausau from Custom Window, where he began as western regional manager. Previously, Sarr worked for 13 years as the managing partner of glazing contractor Brother Sun Glass Co. of Santa Fe, N.M. Williams previously worked with Colorado-based glazing contractor J.R. Butler Inc.


Tubelite Inc. promoted Mary Olivier to marketing director and Tom Minnon as architectural specification manager. He reports to Olivier. Additionally, Jim Oberlin was hired to fill Minnon’s previous role as Eastern/Midwestern regional sales manager.

Most recently, Olivier served as Tubelite’s marketing manager and has worked at the company for seven years. Minnon has nearly four decades of industry experience and has earned many professional accreditations including LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council and Certified FenestrationMaster™ through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. Oberlin joins Tubelite from Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® and has nearly 30 years of industry experience.

new hires

Tim Greeson and Mike Holowicki are the newest sales representatives at Aldora Aluminum and Glass Products.

Greeson was raised by a family in the glass business, according to information from Aldora, and has worked in every position from installation through estimating, including project management and accounts payable. Holowicki’s family also has roots in the glass industry. He has sold glass and related products throughout Florida and will represent Aldora in the South Florida marketplace.

Summit Glass Coatings LLC has hired Eric Channel of Global Glass Solutions based in Ft. Pierce, Fla., to market and sell DecraCoat Glass Products. Global Glass Solutions will represent the company in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Gardner Glass Products Inc. has added Anne Haller-Wildfong and Randy Dornburg to its Midwest sales team. Haller-Wildfong, who came from C.A. Haller Inc., will work as a sales representative in Michigan. Dornburgh, whose previous job was at RanCo Architectural, will cover the Indiana territory.

In addition, the company hired Sue Gallagher to serve as its Dreamwalls Bath Enclosures Program director. Gallagher, who previously was with Southeastern Aluminum Products, has 25 years of experience in the bath enclosure industry and will work out of Gardner’s Indianapolis location.


The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) elected a new executive committee and welcomed its new board of directors in January. As part of the elections, Jeff Baker of WESTLab was named the group’s new chair. He is joined by the following members of the executive committee:
• Joe Jonely, AMSCO Windows, vice chair;
• Gary Curtis, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, secretary;
• Sneh Kumar, Alcoa/Traco, treasurer;
• Jim Krahn, Marvin Windows and Doors, ombudsman; and
• Steve Strawn, Jeld-Wen Inc., immediate past chair. In addition, the following join NFRC’s board of directors or have been re-elected in the following seats:
• Joe Jonely assumes a Fenestration Industry (unspecified) seat. He has been with AMSCO Windows in Salt Lake City, Utah, since 1975. He currently serves as vice president of engineering;
• Paul Bush takes the Fenestration Industry (primary glass manufacturer) seat. He is the technical services manager for the flat glass business of PPG Industries in Cheswick, Pa.;
• Christian Kohler has been re-elected to the General Interest (not-for-profit institution of research or higher learning) seat. On the NFRC board since 2010, Kohler represents the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California; and
• Bipin Shah takes a general interest (unspecified) seat. A former NFRC employee, Shah is now president of WinBuild Inc. in Fairfax, Va.

In addition, NFRC named Michael J. Thoman, director of thermal testing and simulations at Architectural Testing Inc., as the 2013 Dariush Arasteh Member of the Year. The NFRC Member of the Year award is named in memory of Dariush Arasteh, an early and vital contributor to the creation and development of NFRC.


Remembering Albert S. Hershkopf
“My husband was a legend in the glass industry,” says Donna Hershkopf of her husband, Albert S. Hershkopf, 87, who passed away December 1. He was the president and 65-year employee of Novelty, Columbia and Energipane Glass in Lombard, Ill. He joined the family business, which has been in operations since in 1915, when he was 22 after he was discharged from the service.

“And he remained with the company until [three] days before his death,” says Donna Hershkopf. “The company made mirror at the beginning … added insulating glass and was a distributor. They were already talking about 2015 and what they would do to celebrate 100 years of operations.”

She adds, “He loved glass; his knowledge and history goes back 65 years. He worked six days a week, 12 hours a day until four years ago.”

Even at 87, Albert Hershkopf was thinking of the future.

“Three weeks ago he called me and said he was going to buy a new machine, he said it was one that bends metal … he was an innovator of product lines …,” says his wife.

Penn Glass Co. Owner Passes Away

Graham C. Parsons, owner and operator of Penn Glass Co. in Erie, Pa., recently passed away. He was 75.

Parsons purchased Penn Glass in 1969, incorporating in 1976. He was heavily involved in the company’s commercial glazing department up until his death.

Parsons had enjoyed boating for years and recently began spending his winters in Ft. Myers, Fla., with his wife of 55 years, Roslyn. He had five children.


Vos-Graham and Williams Inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame
The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame recently welcomed two glass industry representatives, Linda Vos-Graham, president of Vos Glass Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., and E. Edward Williams, the retired president and CEO of Edwards Glass Co. in Livonia, Mich.

Vos-Graham has helped her company to double in size, employing nearly 60 people and achieving more than $10 million in annual sales.

Williams began his career in the glass industry in 1952 when he joined his brother-in-law, Peter Iovan, to form the Iovan Glass Co. In 1955, he launched Edwards Glass Co. He also helped develop the Michigan Safety Glazing Code.

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