Volume 43, Issue 2 - February 2008

NewsMakers

kudos
Sussman Honored by Stained Glass Association 
The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) has presented Jack Sussman, owner of J. Sussman Inc. in Jamaica, N.Y., with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sussman started out in the industry in the 1940ís as an apprentice to his father, Isadore, who was a master blacksmith from Poland.†Sussman went to school at night and learned welding and other metalworking skills, and soon turned the family blacksmith shop into a 20th century metalworking shop.†In the 1950ís Sussman began to design aluminum extrusions specifically for stained glass windows.†

According to information from the company, he discovered a way to produce a better window for less money.†J. Sussman became a leading church window manufacturer in the country, the company says, and his church window designs became the standard of the industry.†He designed and marketed aluminum extrusions to be sold as stock lengths, thereby creating a segment of the market devoted to protecting existing stained glass windows.†In the 1980ís Sussman designed a thermally improved window for churches.† SGAA presented the award this past summer. 

promotions 
Edgetech I.G. Promotes Two 
Edgetech I.G. Inc. in Cambridge, Ohio, has promoted Thomas A. Wood to quality improvement technician. In his new role, Wood will serve as the companyís ISO management representative and he will lead various quality assurance efforts.

Wood has been with Edgetech for three years and previously worked for Plastech for 11 years. He holds an associateís degree, a bachelorís degree in business management and has begun work toward his masterís of business administration. He also holds multiple computer training and supervision and management certificates in areas including principles of lean manufacturing, ISO process audit training, ergonomics and Six Sigma.

Irish Rubright has been promoted as a new key accounts representative. Rubright has been with the company for eight years as a customer service representative. In her new role, she will manage all customer service processes between corporate and key accounts in coordination with national sales managers and regional sales representatives. Rubright is a certified ISO auditor and has co-chaired the Lauren Skin Savers Relay for Life team for the past three years. 

new hires
Ultra Hardware Hires Two
Larry Todd
has joined Ultra Hardware in Pennsauken, N.J., as the new regional manager. He will expand Ultraís presence on the West Coast. Todd brings 21 years of experience in the fenestration market to the company; 19 1⁄2 years with Truth Hardware, and the last 18 months as an independent representative.

In addition, Joe Kuppler has been named sales engineer for Ultra. In this role he will assist in product design and sales coverage on the East Coast. He brings to the company eight years of experience in casement design and testing. 


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