Volume 36, Issue 11, November 2001
A Minute With ...
(formerly Harmon Ltd.)
It has been said that the only thing constant is change and Harmon Ltd. has in fact undergone a major change. The Bloomington, Minn.-based company is changing its name to Enclos Corp., and Peter Koukos, president and chief executive officer, is very positive about the new name, but assures that the name, along with the new letterhead and logo, will be the only things different about the
Q: In your experience with Harmon, what are some changes you’ve seen occur in the glazing industry?
The glass and construction industries have become more professional. It’s now more about relationships and truthfulness. It used to be more of a lie, cheat and steal industry.
Q: What prompted Harmon Ltd. to change its name to Enclos?
Our company has evolved over the years. We have grown from being a contract glazier to becoming much more—we have design and engineering facilities, manufacturing and assembly facilities and a great field and project management staff. We wanted to differentiate ourselves from being just a contract glazier to being a curtainwall company that encloses monumental buildings.
Q: Why “Enclos”?
It’s actually very hard to find a word in the English language [that’s not] trademarked or [doesn’t have] a dotcom to it. So we were very limited. We came up with a list, and chose Enclos, because that is really what we do.
Q: What is the name change saying to the industry?
That our business is evolving, and therefore our name should also.
Q: What are your personal goals or expectations for the company to go along with the name change?
To continue to be seen as a company that provides its customers with good experience, and to be known as a company that delivers on its promises.
Q: The tragedy of September 11 has had a serious effect on both the United States and the world. In what ways did the events of that day affect your company?
We had field staff at a project in lower Manhattan who had just started the job at the end of August. For about a week they helped with the relief efforts [at Ground Zero].
We had projects on the East Coast that were delayed … also we have had owners and architects inquire about blast-resistant walls.
Copper Sales Appoints New Executive Vice President
Jack Rogers, who has been with Anoka, Minn.-based Copper Sales Inc. since 1980, has been appointed the company’s executive vice president.
Rogers has held several positions with the company, his most recent position being vice president of purchasing, and he was an integral part of the development of the human resources and IT departments. Rogers is also a member of the Metal Roofing System Association’s board of directors where he chaired the marketing committee.
Guardian Names New Managing Director
Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced the appointment of Mark LaCasse as managing director of its Latin American operations. In this position LaCasse will be responsible for overseeing Guardian’s operations in Central America, South America and Mexico.
“Mark’s appointment to managing director of Latin American operations reflects his outstanding accomplishments in responding to a wide range of business issues,” said Russ Ebeid, president of Guardian’s Glass Group. “His skills in managing and motivating people, combined with operational savvy and knowledge of the marketplace, will lead to Guardian’s expanding presence in Latin America.”
LaCasse joined Guardian in 1993, and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including sales manager for Latin America and managing director for the company’s plant in Porto Real, Brazil.
Sika Announces Three Appointments
Sika Industry of Madison Heights, Mich., has appointed Barry Kutch vice president for the industrial business unit. Kutch has been with Sika for 21 years, and has held several positions in sales and marketing.
James Connery has also been appointed Sika’s industrial group area manager. He will be responsible for Sika’s industrial group sales in the Northeast area. His recent experience includes regional and international sales positions for the Permabond division of National Starch and Chemical.
Joining Sika as its new product engineer is Mark Daniels. Most recently Daniels served as technical service engineer for National Starch and Chemical.
Bostik Findley Announces Recent Appointments
Based in Middleton, Mass., Bostik Findley has appointed Lisa Yezzell its new sales and product support specialist responsible for duties that include reconciling external market and sales inquiries and also coordinating technical support.
Also new to the company is Gretchen Sullivan who serves as the advertising and promotions manager for the industrial distribution group. In this position, Sullivan will work toward directing the distribution group’s public relations, promotions, product packaging, collateral development and trade show support.
In addition, Edward Bilger has been appointed to the position of manager of engineering for the company’s construction and distribution division. Bilger will have the overall responsibility for managing capital expenditures, and he will also have an oversight role concerning the company’s safety and government compliance programs.
HT Troplast Announces New Executive Board
HT Troplast AG of Germany has announced its newly appointed executive board.
The new members are: Thomas Büttner, who served as a member of the executive board of Rütgers VFT AG, HT’s sister company; Detlef Fahlbusch, the company’s industrial relations director; Hans Werner Kleffner, the board’s chief executive officer and member since 1994; and Johannes Josef Klein, who has been a board member since February 2000.
HT Troplast Board: Detlef Fahlbusch (front left), Dr. Hans Werner Kleffner (front right), Dr. Thomas Büttner (back left) and Johannes-Josef Klein (back right).
on the move
Cramer Takes on New Role with Adhesives Research Inc.
George E. Cramer has assumed the new corporate position of vice president, commercial development at Adhesives Research Inc. in Glen Rock, Pa.
Prior to this move, Cramer served as vice president/general manager of the company’s global pharmaceutical business unit. In his new role Cramer will focus on the qualification and development of new markets to augment the activities of the company’s five business units. He will also be looking for business opportunities through acquisitions and licensing of technology both to and from other companies.
Cheshek Named New Sales Rep for Wausau in the Rockies
Now serving Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming as a Wausau Window and Wall Systems sales representative is Don Cheshek.
For the past eight years Cheshek worked with Interpane Glass Co. covering the Mountain states and Pacific Northwest. And before that he was with PPG Industries for 20 years, working in several sectors including the company’s glass group, architectural metals group and commercial construction group.
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