Volume 50, Issue 4 - April 2015



Elmhurst, Ill.-based Glass
Solutions Inc. announced four promotions for 2015.

Jon Norris
and James
, who have 27 and 21 years of industry experience, respectively, were each
promoted to vice president of operations.

Dave Austin
, who has 34 years of industry experience, was promoted to production manager. Nate Austin, who has been in the industry for 12 years, was promoted to floor manager.

Cefla North America promoted Roberto Bolognini to sales manager of Cefla Finishing Group in Italy. Bolognini has more than 14 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including work at an Italian machinery manufacturer.

Bolognini joined the company in early 2014 as regional sales manager for North America, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. He was appointed worldwide sales manager on January 1 of this year.

His international sales and multi-cultural experience, including helping to establish manufacturing operations in India and China, “make him a valuable addition to the Cefla management team,” according to the company. “He has helped direct sales teams and distributors achieve exceptional growth at all levels.”

Monett, Mo.-based EFCO Corp. announced two promotions and four additions to its manufacturing department.

Ben Seaton
was named second shift production manager, where he will be responsible for assembly and support operations, while Blake Hohensee was promoted to first shift production manager, where he will be responsible for final assembly operations.

EFCO also added production supervisors Clint Miller, second shift extrusion operations; Lee Barnhart, second shift anodize operations; Stephen Dunn, second shift thermal operations; and Timothy Rear second shift saw and CNC operations.


Brian O’Neil
is the new chief operating officer for Firestone Building Products Co. The Massachusetts native has more than 26 years of operations experience, most recently as senior vice president of operations at Ply Gem Holdings Inc. in Cary, N.C.

O’Neil previously held various leadership roles at Marietta Corp., Coty Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. In addition, he gained international experience in Germany directing an internal consulting group supporting the Gillette Global Technical and Manufacturing organization.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boston College.

Chad Simkins
is the new vice president of Pleotint LLC. He will lead domestic sales and marketing efforts for the company’s Suntuitive glass products and technology.

An 18-year glass industry veteran, Simkins has more than eight years of executive management experience with dynamic glass companies, most recently as senior sales executive for View Inc. He has helped refine, develop and introduce new products for Sage Electrochromics, AGC Glass Co. North America and PPG Industries, according to the announcement.

North Canton, Ohio-based United Architectural Metals (UAM) named Richard Richkowski its new vice president of operations.

Richkowski, who brings years of experience in program management, continuous improvement and lean manufacturing, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University.


PPG Industries appointed Michael H. McGarry, currently chief operating officer, to president and chief operating officer. McGarry will continue to have executive oversight responsibility for all of the company’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology, environment, health and safety, and purchasing functions.

In 34 years with PPG, McGarry has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. He joined PPG in 1981 as an engineer at the company’s Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex and progressed through a series of management assignments of increasing responsibility. He was named general manager, fine chemicals, in 2000, and vice president, chlor-alkali and derivatives, in 2004.

Within PPG’s flat glass business, Stephen Cohen was named national architectural manager of the northeast region and George Sultage was appointed national architectural manager of the mid-Atlantic region.

Cohen was with Schott North America previously, where he spent 20 years in sales and product management positions, most recently as national sales manager of architecture. In his new post, Cohen will support architects and glazing contractors from New York City north to the Canadian border.

Sultage, who previously covered both the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, will now focus exclusively on the latter territory, which stretches from upstate New York south to Washington, D.C., and west to Kentucky.
Prior to joining PPG, Sultage worked for TSI Exterior Wall Systems and Trainor Glass Company, among others.

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