October 2003


Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau Officers Elected

The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau, which is based in Federal Way, Wash., elected its new officers for 2003-2004 during its annual meeting of the members on June 17 at Campbell’s Resort and Conference Center in Chelan, Wash.

Greg Mobley of RSG Forest Products was elected president. He previously served as vice president for the past two years. Ted Smith of Gilbert Smith Forest Products was elected vice president and 
Jeff Fantozzi was elected secretary/treasurer. In addition, the group honored Dave Poggemoeller of North Enderby Timber Ltd. for completing his two-year term as president. He will remain on the board.

Other directors elected to the board were Philip Davidson of Davidson Industries, Jim Hallstrom of Zip-O Lumber Co., Steve Ingram of Weyerhaeuser Co., Jim Manke of Manke Lumber Co., John Thorlakson of Tolko Industries Ltd., and Bob Waltz Jr. of Seattle-Snohomish Mill Co.

Crystal Appoints Barbara VP of National Sales
James Barbara Crystal Windows and Doors of Flushing, N.Y., has created five national sales regions, North, South, Central East, Central West and Midwest. James Barbara, vice president of national sales, is leading the new organization.

“The national sales organization is designed for flexibility, enabling Crystal to tailor its strategies and methods to suit local and regional conditions and practices,” Barbara said. “We recently put in place several national sales and marketing programs to assist various customers for which our products are especially well suited and to increase Crystal’s brand awareness in these new areas. We expect significant growth this year, in the South and Midwest regions in particular.”

Algoma Hires Boudry as Specialty Door Products Manager
Algoma Hardwoods of Algoma, Wis., has announced the addition of Rob Boudry to its management team. Boudry will fill the newly-created position of specialty door products manager.

With more than 16 years of industry experience in veneers and architectural door construction, Boudry’s primary focus will be analyzing projects that require special veneer or construction needs. According to Algoma Hardwoods, Boudry will assist owners, architects, contractors and distributors to ensure the delivered product fulfills expectations. 

SierraPine Announces New President and VP of Sales and Marketing
SierraPine of Roseville, Calif., has announced the appointment of Bill Black as president and Wade Gregory as vice president of sales and marketing. 

Black has more than 30 years of experience in the composite panel products industry, most recently as vice president of particleboard and medium-density fiberboard for Willamette Industries. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Gregory’s 28 years of industry experience include working as the sales and marketing director of Medite Corp. and serving as general manager of SierraPine’s Ampine® particleboard plant in Martell, Calif., since 1997. Wade is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Glenn Elected Ace Hardware’s Chairperson
Ace retailer J. Thomas Glenn was elected chairperson of retailer-owned Ace Hardware Corp.’s board of directors at the company’s annual meeting on June 2 at its headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

Glenn is president of Ace Hardware of Chattanooga, Tenn., a 13-store Ace chain with operations in Tennessee and Georgia. He joined the Ace board in 1996, representing Ace retailers with stores in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Gangone Appointed AWFS® Fair Director
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) has announced the appointment of Angelo Gangone as AWFS fair director. Gangone, who replaces Linda Schonwald, will be responsible for the management of the AWFS fair.

Gangone has spent the last 11 years in the woodworking industry, most recently with SCM Group USA. After establishing the company’s marketing division in 1992 and serving as marketing and advertising manager through May 1997, Gangone became the business manager, responsible for sales of the Standard machinery line. Since August 2000, Gangone has split his responsibilities between marketing and advertising sales.

Wausau Names Strait as Sales Representative
Wausau Window and Wall Systems® of Wausau, Wis., has named Bill Strait as its representative for the lower peninsula of Michigan.

He previously served as project manager with the company in Wausau, but has recently returned to his home state and is located in Mason, Mich.

Prior to joining Wausau, Strait worked as a project manager with Curtain Wall Design and Consulting of Dallas.

Pilkington Names New Sales Manager
Daniel Plotnick has joined Pilkington North America as it sales manager for the Northwest United States and Canada. Plotnick, who will be based in Seattle, will be responsible for Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. 

Prior to joining the company, Plotnick served as a sales representative for the commercial hardware division of Stanley Tool and Hardware, where he worked with distributors and architects in the Pacific Northwest.

Alcoa Adds Doyle to Sales Team
Alcoa Home Exteriors of Pittsburgh has added Timothy A. Doyle to its team as west central territory sales manager for the retail brands group.

In this position, Doyle will be responsible for product sales and market development of Cellwood siding, soffits and shutters, Alumax aluminum products and Richwood brand mounts and vents. His territory will include Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Western Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Johnson Now Representing Wolmanized® WoodDean Johnson
Dean Johnson, long-time host of the television series “Hometime,” has signed an agreement to serve as spokesperson for Wolmanized pressure-treated wood products. His photograph and comments are being incorporated into advertisements, literature and point-of-purchase materials promoting Wolmanized wood.

Beeken Recognized as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year

David Beeken, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Eagle Window & Door of Dubuque, Iowa, has been named the Ernst & Young Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year, an honor that recognizes entrepreneurs whose integrity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.

Beeken took a job on Eagle’s production floor right out of high school and has steadily worked his way up the corporate ladder since then. Three years ago, he was named president and CEO, and has since doubled sales and found new markets for the company’s products.

Lazor Receives CGRA Designation
Bill Lazor, senior brand manager for Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., has been honored with the designation of Certified Graduate Remodeler Associate (CGRA) by the Certified Graduate Remodeler board of directors, a division of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Lazor received this designation as a result of his commitment and work advancing the remodeling professional through the NAHB Remodelors™ Council.

Lazor, a seven-year employee at Simonton Windows, has worked diligently to advance the importance of education in the remodeling industry. He activated scholarship programs in 2002 involving more than $13,000 in funding from Simonton Windows to remodelers, and has served on committees dedicated to supporting remodelers.

Drapcho Commences Semi-Retirement

Bob Drapcho Bob Drapcho, design and plant engineer for Precision Entry of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has begun his semi-retirement after 39 years of service in the window and door industry.

After beginning his engineering career in windows and doors in 1964 at Amelco Window in Stow, Ohio, Drapcho completed 28 years as product design engineer at Weatherseal in Norton, Ohio. For the past 5½ years, he has served at Precision.

During his semi-retirement, Drapcho will spend a couple days a week assisting Precision’s new design and plant engineer, Scott Widmer, on various projects.

ViWinTech Announces Promotions in Plant and Sales
Vinyl Window Technologies (also known as ViWinTech) of Paducah, Ky., has named Mike Rosa as technical service manager. In the new role, he will provide customer service and production support.

“With sales growth, we have increased production demands and capacity in that plant. At the same time we are working hard to maintain our quality service and, if possible, make it even better,” said Rosa, who has been with the company for more than five years in the position of plant manager.

ViWinTech also has created a new position in its plant: production manager. Mike Prange, who has been in the window and door industry and cabinet manufacturing since 1987, has filled that position. 


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