Volume 50, Issue 11 - November 2015



Houston-based Quanex Building Products Corp. named F. Timothy Reese as president and CEO of Mikron Industries, its vinyl profile business.

Reese brings 35 years of extrusion manufacturing experience to this role, including “successful turnaround situations,” a company release states. He will report directly to Quanex chairman and CEO Bill Griffiths. He joined Mikron from Trex Company, where he most recently served as senior vice president of operations.

Prior to joining Trex, Reese spent 28 years with DuPont, where he led two global businesses and served in various operational roles in the company’s chemical, film and polymer businesses. He has led multi-plant extrusion operations with full P&L responsibility, and specialized in improving operating disciplines, teamwork and unit costs.
Earlier in his career, Reese served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, finishing five years of military service as a lieutenant. He earned a bachelor of science in ocean engineering with an emphasis on mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Also at Quanex, Sean Hummel was promoted to director of research and development. He will oversee the company’s R&D efforts for its insulating glass systems business unit.

Hummel has 20 years of product development, marketing, project management and leadership experience, with an emphasis on R&D. He has spent the last six years managing R&D for the company’s IG systems operations.

SC Railing Co. has appointed All Wall Solutions’ Doug Zacharias as its sales representative in the Atlanta area.
“[Zacharias] brings more than 20 years of pre-construction and design-build assist experience to the SC Railing team,” says Dan Stachel of SC Railing Co.

Princeton, Minn.-based Erdman Automation Corp. appointed Mike Kautz to its sales team.

Kautz has more than 20 years of automation component sales experience, specifically in pneumatic and electronic motion.


Honoring an Industry Leader

The upcoming Glass TEXpo™ ’16, taking place April 8-9, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, will be dedicated to Jerry Wright, founder of the Texas Glass Association (TGA) more than 25 years ago. He had also served as president and owner of AAA Glass & Mirror Co. since 1962 when he passed away on November 24, 2014.

Wright spent decades in the industry, served as president of the TGA for multiple board terms and was president of the National Glass Association in the early 1990s. He was featured in several glass publications as an ever-present leader in the glass industry.

In 2002, Wright was named one of USGlass magazine’s “People to Watch.” In that article, Wright said he would like to be remembered as “a participant of life, and not a spectator. … I believe we should bloom where we are planted, and that we should leave this world in better shape than we found it to be!”

Wright’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, golf and public speaking. He was a leader in many areas outside the glass industry and was lieutenant governor for Kiwanis International, where he served as a volunteer for sponsored youth work in local high schools.


CRL-U.S. Aluminum production engineer manager Naoufel Mourchid recently received FenestrationMaster certification.

FenestrationMasters is an American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) program in which “industry professionals can attain certification that validates their industry expertise,” according to a release from CRL.

Mourchid graduated from CSU Northridge in 2007 and joined CRL-U.S. Aluminum as a CNC operator. He was later promoted to his current position of production engineering manager, where he works with the company’s product development group.


York, Pa.-based Graham Architectural Products (GAP) has promoted Michael Mostris and Joe Brown, and hired Paul Heinzen and Brian Cook.

Mostris is filling the newly created position of Western division sales expediter. He assists with coordination of internal resources in estimating, procurement, project management, engineering and manufacturing. Mostris joined Graham in 2012 and has worked in production control and project management.

Brown is now manager of project management at Graham Curtain Wall Solutions (GCWS). He joined GCWS in 2012 as senior project manager.

Heinzen rejoins GCWS as project manager. He previously held a project manager position with the former FM Graham for nearly five years before moving to HandyPro of western Wisconsin, where he estimated and scheduled projects, and purchased materials. Heinzen received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Wisconsin–Stout and previously served as a construction project manager with Menards Inc.

Cook joins GAP as a buyer, responsible for purchasing hardware/MRP items, balances and brake metal. For the past three years, Cook worked for Fastenal in various positions, most recently as general manager.


John Richardson Wright, Southeastern
Aluminum Products

John Richardson Wright
passed away August 2 at his home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Wright, owner of Southeastern Aluminum Products, was 73 years old and surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.

He was born in Columbus, Ga., on March 7, 1942 and attended Auburn University. He earned a degree in chemical engineering before a stint with the United States Steel Corp. in Fairfield, Ala., where he worked as a supervisor. In 1968, he entered graduate school and worked as a graduate assistant in Auburn’s department of chemical engineering, receiving his master’s in 1970.

Wright was a lifelong member of the Board of Professional Engineers. He married Angelina Villane in 1963 and had his son, John Jr., the next year. He then worked for Maxwell House coffee in Jacksonville and later Planters Peanuts before purchasing Southeastern Aluminum Products with his partner, Bill Jackson, in 1985.

Wright was preceded in death by his parents, James Arthur and Helen Young Bates Wright. In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by his John Jr.; daughter-in-law, Angie, and granddaughter, Olivia, all of Jacksonville Beach; and his sister, Genie Wright of Washington, D.C.

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