Volume 50, Issue 9 - September 2015


comings and goings

Michael H. McGarry is now the president and CEO of PPG industries, as well as a member of the board of directors. McGarry, 57, has served as the company’s president and chief operating officer since March and will succeed chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch, who will continue as executive chairman.

During his 34 years with PPG, McGarry has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. In recent years, he helped lead several strategic actions that have transformed PPG’s business portfolio, most notably the acquisition of SigmaKalon; the separation of PPG’s former commodity chemicals business; the acquisition and integration of AkzoNobel’s North American architectural coatings business; and, most recently, the acquisition of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V.


Joseph Chang has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing for Crystal Window & Door Systems. In this role, he will be responsible for all production, scheduling, purchasing, inventory, quality assurance, logistics and shipping at the company’s main facility in Queens, N.Y.

Chang has been with Crystal for 15 years. He started working in the company’s shipping department and progressively moved into positions of greater responsibility.

Prior to joining Crystal, Chang worked with computer technology service firms in the New York area. He is completing a bachelor’s degree in business computer information systems from Hofstra University.

Jim Murphy (Murph) has been promoted as president of Strybuc Industries. According to the announcement, Murphy has been an integral part of Strybuc since it was acquired back in 1982. The announcement adds that “he has the respect of employees and customers as well as a history of proven success. Jim's experience in the industry will be invaluable to continue the growth of Strybuc.”


Cefla Finishing Group has promoted Massimo Di Russo to general manager and hired Brent Warren as sales manager.

Di Russo has been with Cefla since 2005, when he was director of operations for Delle Vedove USA (DVS). During the merger of DVS into Cefla North America, he provided strategic leadership and rebuilt a new management team, according to the company. He became chief operating officer for the division in 2011 and vice president in 2012.

Before joining Cefla, Di Russo worked as an application engineer at AGM Machinery. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy and a master’s in lean manufacturing from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Warren, meanwhile, will be responsible for North American sales for the Finishing Group, as well as corporate account management.

He formerly was vice president/sales manager and general manager for the Surfaces Division of Bürkle North America, where he specialized in direct technical sales, project management, contract negotiations and distribution management. He also worked as regional sales manager for Lord Corp. and as technical director for Weyerhaeuser.

Warren has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in wood science and technology from North Carolina State University.


The Tampa Police Department honored two Bradenton, Fla.-based Key Glass employees recently for their life-saving efforts.

On June 1, Conner McPhearson and Zack Simpson performed CPR on a person suffering a heart attack on a jobsite in Tampa. One of the other subcontractors was driving a lull and went into cardiac arrest, and McPhearson and Simpson jumped to aid the man by providing CPR until medics arrived on the scene.

Key Glass provides a comprehensive annual safety training for all of its employees in the field, according to the company.

“It is important to us to keep our employees safe so they can go home to their families every night,” says president Greg Burkhart. “The fact that these two had the courage to step into a situation and help save a life is something that we are very proud of.”

new hires

Ariel Peralta has joined York, Pa.-based Graham Architectural Products (GAP) as director of finance for the company’s new partnership with Continental Glass Systems LLC in Hialeah, Fla.

In this position, Peralta will lead, direct and implement the company’s strategic and tactical financial reporting and accounting activities for the new window wall business. In addition, he will work closely with the GAP finance team to facilitate and coordinate the financial activities between the two partnership entities.

In addition, GAP Curtain Wall Systems announced the following personnel changes:

Ken Schmidtchen
was hired as the company’s new engineering manager; Ken Boilesen was promoted to technical services manager; Donna Tarcha was appointed project manager; Cody Loertscher was hired as an assistant project manager; Martin Colby is a new sales representative; Warren Conrad is the new assembly supervisor of the company’s orange line; Brian Sourber was hired as production planner/buyer in the production control department; Pamela Hoebeke is filling the new position of purchasing assistant; and Evan Alvarez joined as an estimator.

Colin Brosmer is now vice president of sales, marketing and product development for Kawneer Co. Inc. He will be
responsible for sales, marketing, architectural promotions, product development and front-end functions for North America, according to the company.

Brosmer joined Alcoa in 2001 as a welding engineer in its automotive segment and was named manufacturing project manager for Kawneer in 2006. He later held positions as regional sales manager of Central Canada, commercial business manager for curtainwall and director of front-end services. Most recently, he served as director of sales for Kawneer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in welding engineering from Ohio State University, and will continue to be based out of the company’s Norcross, Ga., headquarters.

In addition, Brian Anderson was hired as an architectural sales representative for the Indianapolis territory.

Anderson began his career with Kawneer as an architectural sales representative in the Ohio territory and later became the order pursuit manager in Franklin, Ind. Most recently, he was an architectural consultant for AR Design, promoting Graham Architectural Products throughout the state of Indiana.

Anderson earned his Bachelor of Science in building and construction contracting from Purdue University and received his master’s in business administration from the University of Dayton.


David Bartley II and John Bartley, principals of Canton, Ohio-based Ohio Gratings Inc., received the 2015 Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Award. The awards are presented by Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College, through a partnership with Smart Business magazine.

The Bartley brothers and Ohio Gratings Inc. were also awarded the Sustainability Award for 2015 based on a presentation to the judging panel.


Karl-Heinz Spiess, Kuraray

After a brief serious illness, Kuraray’s Karl-Heinz Spiess has passed away at 67. Spiess died close to his former place of work in Troisdorf, Germany, near Cologne.

“Spiess was responsible for the fortunes of the Trosifol brand from 1992 and gave it a face,” according to a company release. “From one product among many, and while the company was under changing ownership, the charismatic chemical engineer created an internationally important brand.”

In 2005, Trosifol was sold to the company today known as Kuraray Europe GmbH. In 2011, Spiess handed over the management to his successor and was then “actively involved in cultural exchanges between German and Russian school pupils,” according to Kuraray. At the time, he was an adviser to Cologne University of Applied Sciences and visiting professor at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Nizhny Novgorod.

now representing

DSW Architectural Products (DSW-AP) LLC is now representing Safti First in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Principal David Williams began his career in the architectural building products industry more than 30 years ago with Kawneer, where he started in the production management group and later transitioned into sales.


Cary Bell, Kolbe & Kolbe

CaryBell passed away, July 10. Bell joined the company in 1988 and had spent the last decade as a national sales manager.

“For those of us who had the pleasure of working with Cary, we will miss him dearly,” says Jeffrey De Loney, president of Kolbe & Kolbe. “He will be remembered not only for his dedication to the Kolbe organization, but for his never-ending willingness to help our distribution who he considered his friends.”

Prior to joining Kolbe in February of 1988, Cary gained experience in the industry working as a dealer salesman.

“His love for architecture, millwork and especially windows and doors brought him into the Kolbe family,” De Loney says of Bell, who started with Kolbe as a regional sales manager.

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