Ludek “Lou” Cerny  
Russell Ebeid  
The glass industry lost one of its most inno-  
vative engineer/project managers with the death  
Guardian Glass Group,passed away in late July. of Ludek (Lou) Cerny on July 16.Cerny,61,had  
During his tenure with Guardian Industries been diagnosed with ALS a few months ago. In  
he worked at all ranks—from maintenance addition to his mother,he is survived by his wife  
to plant engineering, production manager, Ludek (Lou) Katarina,daughter Susan and son Kevin.  
Cerny was the owner of LCR Technologies  
and prior to that worked for the Roschmann  
Russell J.Ebeid (Russ),former president of  
Russell J.  
plant manager and group vice president— Cerny  
before being named president of the Glass  
Group worldwide.  
Group. During his varied career, he oversaw the construction  
Ebeid joined Guardian in May of 1970 during the con- of some landmark glass/metal projects, including Anish Ka-  
struction of its first float glass facility in Carleton, Mich. poor’s Cloudgate structure in Millennium Park in Chicago and  
After several engineering and manufacturing assignments, the innovative Glass Ledge at Willis Tower, also in Chicago.  
he was named plant manager of the Kingsburg, Calif., facil-  
ity,where he was eventually honored as Guardian’s Employee built,”said USGlass publisher Deb Levy.“Lou brought two dif-  
of the Year in 1979. ferent engineering textbooks to our meeting that explained  
“I got to write a story about Cloudgate when it was being  
When Guardian expanded into Europe in 1981, Ebeid’s re- why it was not possible to do what the artist wanted. Then he  
sponsibilities were broadened and he was named a group vice took me over to see the job in progress,where he was building  
president. Shortly after Guardian became a private company exactly what the textbooks said was not possible.”  
in 1985, Ebeid was named to the board of directors and as-  
“I had the opportunity of working with Lou for 24 years  
sumed the presidency of the Glass Group. He also served as and we became very good friends,” said Lyle Hill.“I trusted  
chairman of the board of Guardian Europe S.A. and director and respected him. He was brilliant, hardworking and cre-  
of Guardian Japan. During his time with Guardian he was re- ative. He was also a man of remarkable integrity. Always  
sponsible for the worldwide glass sales,marketing and manu- forthright and honest. I will miss him for many reasons, but  
facturing activities on five continents. He retired in 2011.  
most of all for his friendship. He was one of the finest peo-  
Before joining Guardian, Ebeid spent seven years at Gen- ple I have ever known.”  
eral Motors Corp., where he served in a variety of engineer-  
ing assignments as a senior mechanical engineer.  
John Mammen  
John Leslie Mammen of M3 Glass Technol-  
ogies passed away in June.He was 72 years old.  
Mammen worked for the family business  
since age 12 before taking over as president  
in 1980. He retired in 2012.  
He attended the University of Texas at Ar-  
lington and served in the U.S. Army and the  
U.S. Army Reserves from 1966 to 1972 in a  
In 2008, he was featured in USGlass magazine’s list of  
the Industry’s 50 Most Influential People and told us his  
heroes were his parents,“who were knapsack immigrants  
who came to the United States without money, language or  
contacts … Their core values taught us that unselfishness,  
consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and John Leslie  
measured decision-making were the currencies of life.”  
In 2013, he received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor pre-  
sented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations combat engineering unit. He was a decorated sharpshooter.  
NECO), and he has been knighted by several foreign  
Mammen and his brother Jim“grew and expanded [Mam-  
men Glass and Mirror] from auto glass to include residen-  
A legacy film telling the story of Ebeid was produced tial and commercial glazing. His sons Chris and Robert also  
and directed by Keith Famie of Visionalist Entertainment grew up working in the family business. Robert returned to  
Productions in 2016. Famie said the local community in help open and run the new Austin branch after college in  
southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, along with Ebeid’s 1997 and 1998. John was rejoined in the family business by  
friends and family,“felt it was time to tell his story.”  
son Chris in 1993. John, Jim and Chris added glass fabrica-  
“He’s a very quiet and reserved person, but he’s accom- tion equipment and grew the business rapidly.The company  
plished so much and touched so many people through his won the Inc. 5000 award for fastest-growing businesses in  
leadership, philanthropy and outlook on life,” said Famie, America five times between 2007 and 2013, and was named  
who spent a year interviewing many of Ebeid’s friends and Small Business of the Year for the South Central region by  
colleagues throughout the country.  
Philanthropy was an important life focus for Ebeid. He  
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2007, 2008 and 2009.”  
He is survived by his wife Theresa; son Chris and daugh-  
worked closely with ProMedica, among many other organi- ter-in-law Jennifer; son Robert; grandsons Jon, Jonah and  
zations, donating millions of dollars to a number of causes. Jadon; and brother Jim and his wife Ann. n  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2017  

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