Ones to Watch
Chelsea Names New Senior VP
Chelsea Building Products of Oakmont, Pa., has named Chris Mathews as its new senior vice president of sales and marketing. Mathews has 27 years experience in building products and has spent the last 12 years in the area of vinyl window extrusion. He is an active AAMA member and has held several roles in the work of the National Fenestration Rating Council, Efficient Windows Collaborative, the Alliance to Save Energy and the Vinyl Window and Door Institute, according to Chelsea Building Products.
LCS Adds to Staff
LCS Precision Molding of Elysian, Minn., has added Bob Valesky to its ranks as an independent sales representative. Valesky, who is based in Hatboro, Pa., with Avalanche Inc., will serve window and door companies in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
In addition, Jenny Kelley recently joined LCS as an account representative. Kelley will work with both an established customer base and with the company’s outside sales representatives.
WDMA Names Perry Director of Industry Standards
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association, based in Des Plaines, Ill., has appointed Rick Perry to the position of director of industry standards. Perry will be responsible for working directly with all technical committees in the process of developing and maintaining WDMA’s portfolio of industry standards and test methods.
Former CWDMA President Retires; New Technical Consultant Added
Paul Deveau, a former president of the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) and a current board member, retired from Kohler International of Canada on September 30.
“[Paul] has been a dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic representative of our association and our industry,” said a CWDMA representative.
In other news, CWDMA has appointed Jeff Baker, P.E., president of WESTLab Canada in Waterloo, Ontario, as its new technical consultant.
VEKA Moves Several Through Ranks
VEKA Inc., which is based in Fombell, Pa., has promoted several of its employees recently. The promotions were announced by the company’s recently appointed president Walter Stucky (see Fall 2001 Door & Window Maker, page 84). James H. Druschel, who has been with the company for more than ten years, will now serve as vice president, finance, and chief financial officer for the VEKA USA companies. His new responsibilities include planning corporate strategies, corporate finance administration, cost accounting, financial forecasting, financial reporting, budgeting tax administration and acquisition.
Charles H. Spaulding, who has been with the company since 1986, has been promoted to vice president, services, for VEKA Inc. He is now in charge of operations for VEKA West and VEKA Tool & Die.
Ian D. Shearer, who has been with VEKA since 1987, will serve as vice president, marketing and sales. He will be responsible for the growth of the company’s sales and market share, along with marketing the company.
In addition, Thomas C. Richards has been promoted to the position of director of manufacturing for the company’s plants in Fombell and Reno, Nev. He has been with VEKA since 1983 and will now be responsible for overseeing manufacturing extrusion, compounding, tool and die repair, painted lamination and purchasing for all tooling for both facilities.
“These gentlemen have played a vital role in the building and growth of VEKA in the USA. I have no doubt that they will continue to lead us to years of success and be a great support as I start my venture as president of VEKA USA,” Stucky said.
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