Volume 51, Issue 1 - January 2016



Strybuc Industries has promoted Michael McCauley to vice president of operations. McCauley’s responsibilities include leading purchasing, warehousing, operations and distribution.

The company also named Paul Pierangeli vice president of sales and marketing. His responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, and the leadership of Strybuc’s sales and marketing teams.


After three decades, Mrs. Renata Gaffo is retiring from her role as director of GIMAV and Vitrum.

Deputy director Laura Biason took over the responsibilities for both groups, effective January 1.

Gaffo was hired in 1984 by the Federation of Industrial Associations to oversee participation in expositions and international events. She soon became director of both the GIMAV association and Vitrum. Her first Vitrum event was in 1985 at Fiera Milano Meccanica Pavilion—where she says the show occupied just 7,000 square meters.

Gaffo says she looks forward to observing a “brand new chapter” of the association and trade show, “knowing that the joint story of GIMAV and Vitrum will continue to delight both those directly involved and those who will follow it from the outside, like me.”

new hires

Sika appointed Cathleen Spayde as senior marketing coordinator. Spayde has more than ten years of marketing and communication experience. Previously she was a marketing communications coordinator with Henkel Corp.

She will work as part of the shared market service team supporting industry and automotive marketing initiatives, including strategic marketing programs, communications, digital marketing, social media and more.

Tyler Begun joined Technoform Glass Insulation NA Inc. as a management systems trainee at its Twinsburg, Ohio, facility. Begun is participating in the organization’s year-long trainee program after recently completing his bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in applied mathematics from the University of Akron.

Previously Begun interned at Pentair Process and Filtration as both a quality and a manufacturing engineer.

comings & goings

PPG Industries appointed David Bem as vice president, science and technology, and chief technology officer-elect (CTO-elect). In the CTO role, Bem will succeed Charles F. Kahle II, who plans to retire effective March 1, 2016.

Bem joins the company from Dow Chemical, where he was vice president for research and development (R&D), consumer solutions and infrastructure solutions. His earlier positions with Dow include a variety of global R&D management positions. He also held R&D leadership roles at Celanese Corp. and UOP LLC.

Kahle, the current CTO and vice president for coatings R&D, joined PPG in 1987 as a research chemist. He progressed through several research assignments before being appointed associate director, R&D, for silica products in 1998. He was named associate director, R&D, for original equipment manufacturer glass in 2002, and then promoted to director of research for coatings and resins in 2004. In 2007, Kahle was named vice president, coatings R&D, and in 2008 he assumed the additional role of CTO.

Also within PPG, Dave Cole has been appointed vice president of architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada, and Ken West is now global vice president of packaging coatings. Cole was previously vice president of packaging coatings, and West most recently held the position of director of specialty products in the company’s architectural coatings business.

Scott Sinetar
, currently vice president, architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada, is retiring effective March 1, 2016. He joined PPG in 1989 when it acquired Olympic paints and stains. He held a series of sales and management positions before being named to his current position in 2006.

Within the company’s flat glass business, Nathan McKenna is now
national architectural manager for the southeast region. He overseas
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the majority of Florida.

McKenna previously served as glass division manager at Columbia Commercial Building Products. He is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. He will be located in the Atlanta area.


Industry veteran Ricky Shaw officially retired from the glass business in October. Shaw was president of Solar Seal/Shaw Glass before selling the company to Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) in 2012. He had stayed on as a senior vice president for CGH.

The company held a celebration October 28 to honor Shaw’s career. More than 100 customers, vendors, friends and family attended. The Solar Seal and Shaw Glass business units date back to 1950, and Shaw took over leadership of the operations in 1981.

The retirement event featured speeches by CGH president and CEO Paul Cody, PPG director of North American sales Mark Seeton, and Shaw’s sons, Brian and Eric Shaw, also spoke.


Industry Veteran Edwin Berkowitz Passes Away

Edwin J. Berkowitz
, chairperson of JE Berkowitz and son of company founder Jacob E. Berkowitz, passed away Friday, January 8.

Berkowitz served in the Navy during WWII, earned an economics degree at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)—where he met his wife Barbara—and gained his law degree at Temple. After college and law school, he joined his father’s company in 1950, where he spent his entire career helping grow the business to the large fabricator it is today.

Berkowitz is survived by Barbara; children Alan, Arthur, Daniel and Pnina; and grandchildren Emily, Sam, Julie, Hannah, Jacob, Maya, Talia, Yoni, Meir and Sara. Arthur Berkowitz took the reins as the company’s president and CEO in 1986.

"When I reflect on all the wonderful people I've had the pleasure of meeting in the glass industry, I count Ed Berkowitz among my favorites, for so many reasons. He was a great businessman and sharp as a tack. But it was his generosity of spirit and his sense of humor that I'll always remember and treasure," says John Dwyer of Syracuse Glass Company. "He made a big impression on me early in my career at our GANA Northeast Roundtable meetings, always welcoming, curious, willing to listen and share his thoughts and advice— with a style that was all his own.”

Berkowitz was known as a proud family man—evidenced by the many comments on USGlassmag.com’s obituary and an obituary at Legacy.com. He is also remembered as a leader that put people at the forefront of the business.

“I worked for JEB for 22 years. Ed was the greatest employer I ever worked for in my 60 years of being in the workforce,” comments Ron McDonough on the Legacy obituary. “A more decent and kind man you will never meet.”

For more than three decades, Berkowitz attended classes at Penn after pushing for a program that allowed alumni to audit lectures. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren, and considered his father the best boss he ever had. He tried to emulate his father’s style of doing business and recognized Arthur has carried on the legacy.

“We have strong people; we want people who assume responsibility,” Ed told USGlass in 2007. “… And I learned that from [my father]. He was, I think, a master psychologist. [He] knew exactly who wanted responsibility and gave it to them. Then he’d see how they grew in the job. I think that’s Arthur’s style, too. … This company is built on some very strong people.”

For more, search ‘Edwin Berkowitz’ at USGlassmag.com and Legacy.com.

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