Three industry professionals have been selected for induction into the 1998 Glass and Metal Hall of Fame. Frank Dlubak of Dlubak Corporation in Blairsville, PA; Joe Kellman of the Kellman Company in Chicago, IL; and Ed Williams of Edwards Glass Co. in Livonia, MI, are recipients of this years annual award.
All three individuals will be inducted at a celebratory dinner in their honor during Glass Expo Midwest 98, on October 2 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and Center at Grand Rapids, MI. The annual Glass Expo Midwest also will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and Center.
Frank Dlubak, president of Dlubak Corporation, has grown a family business from an art glass studio with ten employees to a corporation with a staff of 150. An innovator, he developed processes for the curving of thermally broken extrusions, angle bending of glass and fabric encapsulation. He is also involved in his community, having served on the governing bodies of many local organizations.
Probably the most famous professional in the auto glass aftermarket business, Joe Kellman pioneered mobile auto glass installation and grew Globe Glass to 360 centers with revenues in excess of $413 million. He is now chairman of Vistar (formerly Globe Glass and U.S. Auto Glass Centers). In addition, he co-founded the Better Boys Foundation and the Corporate Community Schools of America.
Ed Williams, CEO of Edwards Glass, is known for his dedication to industry associations. He has served as president of the Glazing Contractors Association in Detroit and twice as president of the Detroit Glass Dealers Association (DGDA). Williams is also a community leader, having served as president of the Redford Lions Club and as an active member of his church.
Most of the primary glass manufacturers introduced price increases earlier this summer.
Pilkington LOF, which increased its prices in June, attributes its price increases to rising manufacturing costs. "Manufacturing costs, which were not passed on to the customers in the past, were the primary reason for [our] price increases," a source at Pilkington told USGlass magazine.
Scott Hoover of AFGD, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, says that most manufacturers point to increasing costs as the reason for the price hike. "I think they used the statistics on glass prices to point out that this product in relation to other construction products has not increased, but that is not why they had the price increase," he said. "The price increase came from increased manufacturers costs. I think it was a decision to try and recoup some rising costs of manufacturing and labor."
Jim Collin, vice president of sales for AFG Industries, declined to comment on whether his company raised prices, but acknowledged the general trend. "The North American glass industry has seen significant increases in the cost of raw materials labor, energy and transportation," he said. "During the same time frame, glass prices have remained flat."
Representatives of Guardian Industries, Visteon and PPG Industries declined to comment on whether their companies had hiked glass prices, while a Cardinal IG spokesperson said it had not instituted a price increase.
A May tour of the English glass and ceramic decorating industry hosted by the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) earned ratings of "extremely valuable" by American participants. English SGCD members hosted 25 American members for a week of factory tours, breakfast meetings, technical presentations, ceramic museum visits and a formal industry banquet. American decorators were unanimous in praising the program.
"Relationships were established that will generate business for both American and English decorators and suppliers in the future," said the associations president, Wayne Zitkus, Syracuse China.
Kathy Heffley, Lenox, added that "the tour agenda was outstanding, and we were able to learn more in one week than anyone could on their own or with another group."
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