Volume 50, Issue 2 - February 2015



Azon, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., recently made two new personnel appointments.

Margaret Roberts was named chief financial officer and will oversee all of the company’s financial global operations. Roberts has been with the company 29 years and most recently served as director of accounting.

In addition, Aaron Elsner joins the company’s customer support staff as a field service representative in North America. Elsner received technical training during his six years of service in the U.S. Navy. In addition to having worked in the commercial construction field, Elsner has 14 years of experience in a variety of management positions.


Alex Bradaran was appointed senior vice president and general manager for Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc.’s (CGH)
architectural division, which consists of Solar Seal branded operations in South Easton, Mass., Hamden, Conn. and Stafford, Va.

Prior to joining CGH, Bradaran spent time with Milgard Manufacturing, Alside Windows (Associated Materials) and most recently Trulite Glass and Aluminum. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Weber State University in Utah and a master’s degree from Almeda University in Idaho.

Quanex Building Products named Kyle Kragenbring and Rick Mathews to the roles of regional sales managers in the west and east respectively.

Kragenbring has more than 27 years of experience in the field. Prior to joining Quanex, he held positions with industry suppliers, including Amesbury Group and Complast/Vinyl-Therm Windows. Kragenbring also founded the Kragenbring Group, an independent representation company dedicated to representing suppliers of fenestration components to door and window manufacturers in the upper Midwest.

In his new role, Mathews will be responsible for managing sales for all Quanex Building Products and Services east of the Mississippi River and in Eastern Canada, while Kragenbring will hold the same responsibilities west of the Mississippi River including Western Canada and Mexico.


Custom Glass Products Founder
Victor Reeder Passes Away

Victor H. Reeder, founder of Custom Glass Products Inc., passed away in November at the age of 84. Reeder was considered a leader and innovator in the glass industry, developing coatings and energy-efficient insulating glass products for the commercial and residential fenestration industries.

In 1968, Reeder accepted a position with Multi-Pane, manufacturing insulating glass units in Wausau, Wis., specifically for Crestline Windows. In 1971, after a plant closure of Multi-Pane, he established Custom Glass Products in Schofield, Wis., to manufacture insulating glass units for the door and window industries.

Reeder founded Custom Glass Products of Carolina in 1988. He built the business on quality, service and innovative new product offerings and never fully retired, opting to serve on the board of directors until his death. He enjoyed spending time with his peers in the industry on various fishing expeditions to Canada.

Reeder was born on August 29, 1930 in Chicago. He attended Monmouth College and proudly served as a naval reservist for 16 years. He married Anna Marie Myroup on November 13, 1954; he and his wife recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. His business legacy lives on, as his sons Eric, Mike and Steve and son-in-law Joseph Oboikovitz continue to run the operation.

Reeder was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Eland, Wis., and was very active in support of many charitable organizations, but had a special interest in Rawhide Boys Ranch.

new hires

Tubelite Inc. announced several new hires and personnel changes. The company hired Eric Ulrich as a client development manager, serving New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Ulrich brings 30 years of sales and industry experience, most recently working as a sales associate for Eastern Architectural Products of New Jersey.

He graduated with an MBA from James Madison University’s College of Business and is continuing his professional development as a member of the Construction Specifications Institute.

Ty Bowie
will serve as a client development manager in Central and Northern Florida as part of G. Bowie & Associates’ manufacturer’s representative team. Bowie previously owned, renovated and consulted on multifamily residential developments and condominiums.

Along with maintaining his licenses in real estate and mortgage brokerage, Bowie earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.

Brian Ragsdale, who previously held Bowie’s position, is now a product applications engineer.

Tim Doughty, a client development manager, expanded his territory to serve glazing contractors and architectural teams in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Prior to joining Tubelite in 2012, he spent nearly 30 years with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® and Vistawall Architectural Products.

Doughty holds his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

McGrory Glass announced Ron Gerhardt, previously of Ridgeview Glass, has joined its glass entrance systems department in architectural sales. Gerhardt has more than 36 years of experience in manufacturing, installation, and architectural glass entrance design.

Prior to his decade-long stint at Ridgeview Glass, Gerhardt worked for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® and PPG Industries as a project director and entrance systems manager, respectively. He introduced heavy glass entrances to Hordis Brothers in 1985, according to the announcement.


After 27 years in the industry, Bill Barker has retired from Petersen Aluminum Corp., where his past responsibilities included Chicago industrial sales, glass industry sales and management of the company’s stainless steel product line.

“I enjoyed my career at Petersen,” Barker says. “Management treated me very well; excellent, in fact, and I’m grateful. They allowed me the freedom to handle my accounts as I deemed necessary. There was no micro-managing, which allowed me to succeed.”

Adds Petersen Aluminum CEO Mike Petersen, “Bill developed a diverse and loyal customer base through his dedicated efforts and he will be missed by his friends, colleagues and fellow employees at Petersen.

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