Volume 50, Issue 1 - January 2015



The Cefla Finishing Group announced two promotions in its management department in Italy. Riccardo Quattrini, who previously served as the managing director, was promoted to international director. Alberto Maestri, who served as sales director, takes Quattrini’s place as managing director.

Kelly Marino was promoted to senior project manager in Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF) Co. Inc.’s metal fabrication division, based out of Villa Rica, Ga. Previously, Marino served as a junior project manager, and has been with the company since 2006. In her new position, Marino will also be doing take-offs from architectural specifications, and handling more complex fabrication work.


Mark Thompson, CEO of the Friedman Operating Group, announced Peter Dixen has been named CEO of A+W Software GmbH.

Dixen has assumed full responsibility for the worldwide operations of the A+W Software operating unit, according to Friedman. He brings more than 20 years of glass and fenestration IT industry experience to his new role. His experience includes 13 years as IT application and internal software development director for an international glass company, A+W support manager focused on key accounts and, most recently, A+W vice president sales and marketing.

new hires

Salem Flat Glass and Mirror has added Doug Jackson, Joe Cota, Dio Guerra and Wayne Rush to its sales team. The group collectively brings more than 90 years of experience to the company.

Jackson will cover the East Coast, Canada and portions of the Midwest and Southern states as a machinery sales engineer. He has consulted, provided installation, relocation, repair and training for major fabricators across the U.S. He owned and operated a business dedicated to field service for 15 years and holds a degree in electronic engineering.

Cota, also a machinery sales engineer, will cover the West Coast and portions of the South and Southwest. He brings 18 years of experience in water-jet technology, CNC, water filtration systems and other equipment, having previously worked with Makino, Intermac/Diamut America and Marmo Elettromaccanica.

Guerra has 28 years in the glass industry and comes to Salem from Besana Lovati to serve as a regional account manager and glass fabrication product specialist. Guerra will provide leadership and direction in a number of regions, working closely with the management team.

Rush, who entered the glass industry in the late 1980s, will also serve as a glass fabrication specialist. He will be involved with sales and service, while managing product and technology additions and innovations. Rush previously worked with BGM Diamond Tools, Z. Bavelloni Spa and Hilemn Machinery.


Ralph Emory Crawford of Crawford-Tracey Passes

Ralph Emory Crawford, founder of Crawford Glass Corp. (now Crawford-Tracey) passed away December 3. Crawford was recognized as a leader in the glass industry and noted for his work on developing impact-resistant glazing systems and water infiltration systems for hurricane-zoned buildings.

A life-long resident of Florida, Crawford is known in the industry for creating the first impact-resistant, four-sided structurally glazed curtainwall system and also helped lead the industry toward the use of unitized curtainwall fabrication and installation. In 1984, Crawford Glass Corp. and Tracey Engineered Products merged to create what is now Crawford-Tracey Corp.

“My father was a visionary with high values and high standards,” says his son, Ray Crawford, who now leads the company. “His continued devotion to working with the industry and code authorities to establish and raise the standards for the glass and glazing industry has helped raise the bar and generate the performance and impact codes in effect today. It has been my upbringing and mission to continue the legacy and have our company continue to be the leader and set the standards.”

Crawford is survived by his wife, Nina, four children, and grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Renny Pierangeli of Strybuc Industries Passes Away

Rinaldo (Renny) J. Pierangeli
, president of Strybuc Industries in Sharon Hill, Pa., passed away November 22 in Philadelphia. He was 64 years old and had spent more than 30 years leading Strybuc.

“He spearheaded all acquisitions and he considered all employees as part of the Strybuc family,” reads a statement from the company. “He saw all people as valuable assets and the foundation of all company growth. Renny could light up a room and put a smile on everybody’s face; he was a funny, generous, and warm-hearted person who had a tremendous love for life. He gave so much to so many. He will be missed by all but his spirit will remain with us.”


In the November 2014 issue of USGlass the feature article “This is for the Birds, Literally” (see page 54) implied that Walker Glass produces fritted products. While the company does make acid-etched bird-friendly patterned glass, it does not produce fritted glass. n

comings and goings

Austria-based Lisec reduced its management from a six-person team down to four. In addition to CEO Othmar Sailer, Peter Holzinger (chief sales officer), Anton Walser (chief technical officer) and Werner Mihatsch (chief financial officer) will now direct the company.

Holzinger has been at Lisec since 1998 and involved in sales at the top management level since 2011. As chief technical officer, Walser will be responsible for areas of innovation, product management and development within the management team, according to a press release. Mihatsch has been the chief financial officer since 2013.

The two management team members completing their terms are Dr. Markus Schoisswohl, who has been and will remain responsible for the automation/software branch of Lisec, and Dragan Radovanovic, who is no longer with the company.
The new management team of the Lisec Group: CFO Werner Mihatsch,
CTO Anton Walser, CEO Othmar Sailer and CSO Peter Holzinger.

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