November/December  2003


Milgard Windows Names New President
Jim Sweeney has been named the new president and chief operating officer of Milgard Windows. Sweeney, who succeeds Gary Milgard, president of the company since 1962, will relocate from his home in Southern California to company hedquarters in Tacoma, Wash. Milgard remains the company’s chairperson and chief executive officer. 

Sweeney joined the company in 1989 as the general manager of its Hollister, Calif., manufacturing facility. In 1991, he became general manager of its Temecula, Calif., facility and in 1995 became the company’s southern regional manger.

In his new position, Sweeney will work closely with Gary Milgard and Chuck Dowd, Masco’s group president. Milgard Corp. purchased Milgard in August 2001.

“Jim has years of success in growing Milgard markets and developing strong customer relationships,” said Dowd. “And, in the Milgard tradition, he absolutely believes in providing a work environment in which every employee has a full opportunity to grow and succeed.”

The company also has named David Nachreiner the new general manager of its Tualatin, Ore., location. Nachreiner succeeds George Lorance, a 25-year Milgard employee. Lorance will continue in a training and consulting capacity until his retirement at the end of this year.

“Dave brings a fresh set of eyes and the energy level that’s required for Milgard to continue on the same excellent growth pattern we’ve seen during our 25 years in the Oregon market,” said Lorance.

A Pennsylvania native, Nachreiner holds an master’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University and has more than 10 years in sales and operations leadership positions. He has spent the last year-and-a-half as Milgard’s Tualatin facility sales manager and seeks to continue the company’s success in the region’s building and remodeling market.

Keup Named President of Simonton Windows®
Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., has named Rick E. Keup as president.

“Rick as been part of the Simonton team and preparing for this transition to the presidency for the past 15 months,” according to Sam Ross, chairperson and chief executive officer of SBR Inc., the parent company of Simonton Windows. “We’re excited about the talent, enthusiasm and dedication that he brings to this role. With Rick in this leadership post, we’re solidly positioning Simonton Windows for future growth.”

Prior to joining Simonton Windows in 2002, Keup held presidential positions with L.R. Nelson Corp., a watering products corporation in Peoria, Ill., and with Ames/True Temper Corp., a manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden tools in Parkersburg, W.Va. 

John Brunett, who previously held the position of president of the company, has been promoted to a corporate position within SBR Inc.

Heritage Veneered Products Appoints Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Heritage Veneered Products of Shawano, Wis., recently hired Julie Peroutka as marketing and sales coordinator.

As coordinator, she will play a major role in providing marketing/sales communication and training, developing distributor and retail merchandising support programs, conducting market research and overseeing traditional marketing activities, such as trade shows and advertising.

Peroutka brings more than eight years of experience to the Heritage team, having held similar positions in marketing and sales with both manufacturing- and service-related companies. She joins Heritage with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is working toward a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Andersen Names Humphrey CEO
Andersen Corp. of Bayport, Minn., has named James E. Humphrey as chief executive officer, in addition to his current role as president, which became effective September 1, 2003. Humphrey, who was named the ninth president in the company’s history in December 2002, joined Andersen in April 1999.

Prior to joining the company, Humphrey had a long career at Armstrong World Industries, where he started as a marketing representative in 1968. He retired from Armstrong in 1999 as president of Floor Products Americas, where he was responsible for leading the company’s largest business with operations in the United States, Canada and South America. Humphrey serves on the board of Andersen Corp., The Bayport Foundation of Andersen Corp., The Regions Hospital Foundation and Courage 

Donald L. Garofalo, who previously held the position of chief executive officer, will continue to serve Andersen as vice chairperson of the board of directors.

Upon becoming chief executive officer, Humphrey announced a series of organizational changes at the executive level to form his leadership team.

Effective January 1, 2004, the following changes will be made: 

Phil Donaldson will be senior vice president and chief financial officer. In this role, he will have responsibility for information technology, new business development and strategic planning for the enterprise.

Jay Lund will serve as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Lund will be responsible for all “points of contact” with customers, with an integrated customer focus.

Mary Schumacher, senior vice president of research, technology and engineering, will take on the additional responsibility to lead engineering, quality and advance technology.

Mary Carter will be senior vice president of human resources and corporate administration. Carter has led human resources and communications since she joined the company in 1998.

LowGradeLumber™ Adds New Traders
LowGradeLumber of Mercer Island, Wash., has announced the addition of three new traders to its North American team.

Darwin Brown, formerly of Allied Plywood, has joined the company’s office in Port Arthur, Texas.

Chip Starritt, former general manager at G-W Manufacturing, and Lela Sales, formerly of Louisiana Pacific, have oined the office in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
Bob Carter, formerly of surplus wholesaler Webb Hardy & Associates, has joined the office in Portland, Ore.

“We are pleased to add these talented people to our team,” said Kurt Bray, president and chief executive officer of LowGradeLumber. “Our customers and suppliers will profit from their experience sourcing and selling lumber and building materials.”

Weyerhaeuser Names Rosengarth VP
Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser Co. has announced the appointment of T.J. Rosengarth to the position of vice president, North American composite business. Rosengarth previously served as the director of manufacturing for composites with the company. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 2002 when it acquired Willamette Industries. 

A graduate of Portland State University, Rosengarth has held a variety of operating positions during his past 18 years in the composites industry with Willamette and Weyerhaeuser. Most recently, he managed the construction and start-up of Weyerhaeuser’s Carolina particleboard facility in Bennettsville, S.C.

Stiles Machinery Makes Personnel Changes
Stiles Machinery Inc. has a new member in its organization—Peter Tuenker
Responsible for projects and systems sales, Tuenker brings to Stiles numerous years of sales experience with panel processing equipment distributors and manufacturers. He will eventually be based out of the company’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

In addition, Dave Troeter, the company’s western regional service manger since 1998, has taken over regional service operations for the company’s south central office, located in Irving, Texas. This position was previously held by Ron Laub who has accepted the job of national service manager with High Point, N.C.-based Cefla Finishing America, a joint-venture company with Stiles.

Glen Dark accepted a promotion in September from district team leader to regional service manager for the western region, which is located in Ontario, Calif. 


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