The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame recently welcomed two glass industry representatives, Linda Vos-Graham, president of Vos Glass Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., and E. Edward Williams, the retired president and CEO of Edwards Glass Co. in Livonia, Mich. They were inducted during a ceremony on October 24 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.
Vos-Graham has helped her company to double in size, employing nearly 60 people and achieving more than $10 million in annual sales, according to a release from Ferris State University. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2010 and 2012. She also was the first female president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan and the founding president of the Michigan Glass Association.
Williams began his career in the glass industry in 1952 when he joined his brother-in-law, Peter Iovan, to form the Iovan Glass Co. In 1955, he launched Edwards Glass Co. He also helped to develop the Michigan Safety Glazing Code. His company won the Detroit Glass Dealer of the Year Award in 1972 and 1973, National Glass Dealer of the Year Award in 1972, and was inducted into the National Glass Dealer Association’s National Glass and Metal Hall of Fame in 1998.
Selection of Michigan Construction Hall of Fame inductees is based on nominees’ technical, managerial and leadership achievements within construction and related industries, as well as service to the profession and community. Inductees are selected by a committee of professionals representing Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of Michigan, the Construction Association of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Home Builders, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and Ferris State University’s Construction Technology and Management programs.