Career Architectural Entrepreneur Dies
George Arthur, co-founder of Southern Stretch Forming & Fabrication
in Denton, Texas, passed away May 4, after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
Arthur owned the American Window and Door Co. in Lubbock, Texas, before
selling it to PPG. He then worked for PPG until leaving to start Skyfab,
a curtainwall fabricator. While with Skyfab he worked on such notable
projects as the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, the 52-story Figueroa and Wilshire
(Big Fig) in downtown Los Angeles and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
in New Orleans. In 1991, he founded Southern Stretch Forming with his
son, David, who is the current owner.
Trident Founder Passes Away
Helen “Dizda” Kastaniuk, wife of Walter Kastaniuk and a founder
of Trident Consolidated Industries, passed away on April 28. She is survived
by her son Alex Kastaniuk, owner of TriView Glass, and daughter Dada Kastaniuk.
Westshore Glass Founder Dies
Lionel “Link” Elozory, the founder of Westhore Glass Corp. in Tampa,
Fla., passed away on April 25.
Elozory is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne Browning Elozory; four
children; 15 grandchildren; and his sister, Edith, brother-in-law, Larry,
nieces and a nephew.
Elozory was born in Tampa on October 15, 1928. After graduating from the
University of Florida he entered the service as an officer and served
more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy, including active duty during the
Korean War. Link founded Westshore Glass Corp. in 1954 and served as chief
executive officer for more than 50 years.
Bilco Announces Retirement of VP of Sales and Marketing
The Bilco Co. in West Haven, Conn., has announced the retirement of
Dominic DeConciliis, its vice president of sales and marketing. DeConciliis
will remain with the company through the end of September 2010 as part
of its transition strategy.
During two decades with Bilco, DeConciliis spearheaded the development
of the company’s international strategy, establishing a presence for Bilco
and its products in more than two dozen countries around the globe. He
also expanded the company’s presence in domestic markets for its existing
products and through the development of new products.
PPG Employees Recognized by Local Marketing Association
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Business Marketing Association (PCBMA) recognized
several PPG Industries employees during its annual awards presentation
on May 13.
Steven Sternberger, director of marketing for PPG Industrial Coatings,
was named Business-to-Business Marketer of the Year. A 25-year veteran
of the coatings industry, Sternberger has held technical and marketing
roles at PPG for the past 13 years. He currently leads product management,
pricing, marketing strategy and communications efforts for PPG’s Industrial
business in the U.S. and Canada. He was nominated in the category along
with Glenn Miner of PPG Performance Glazing.
Rob Struble, also of PPG Performance Glazings, took home the award
as Business-to-Business Advertiser of the Year. As a 20-year veteran in
the b-to-b marketing industry, Struble is currently responsible for brand
validation, creation and development for designated corporate growth initiatives
such as the wind and solar energy markets and marketing communications
for architectural and specialty glass. The judges in the competition took
special note of integrated new product development he led, which included
print and online advertising, direct mail and more. In fact, they called
Struble a “Renaissance Man” for having developed a program that led to
a 36-percent increase in sales.
Hartung Welcomes New Hires
British Columbia-based Lami Glass, part of Hartung Glass Canada, named
Brent Cairney sales representative for the province of Alberta.
Raised in the family glass business, Vancouver Island’s Alberni Glass,
Cairney has worked with and around glass almost his entire life. A glazier
by trade, he studied business administration at Vancouver’s Douglas College
and has worked in sales with several glass fabricators in Vancouver. In
addition, Cairney also worked with a glass hardware supplier for more
than five years.
In addition, Hartung Glass Industries in Seattle welcomed Mike Bischof
to its sales team. Bischof will work with customers in Northern California
and Nevada. Bischof has more than 15 years in the new construction and
replacement window industry in both wholesale and retail environments.
Bohle America Hires New Technical Sales Manager
Justin Lineberry has joined Bohle America in Charlotte, N.C., as
technical sales manager. Lineberry brings many years of management experience
in sales and glass processing, the last six years with an international
company in the glass industry.
Prior to his professional employment Lineberry earned a bachelor’s degree
in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Tech. As technical sales manager,
he will be responsible for application and sales support for the company’s
Leon Silverstein is no longer president and chief executive officer
(CEO) of Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc. in Tamarac, Fla. Sun Capital,
which owns Arch, has named Frank Busam as interim CEO.
Busam has served in a number of executive roles at Sun Capital Partners
portfolio companies, including as president of Carolina Mirror Co. in
North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Silverstein’s departure caps a 5-month period since Arch announced bankruptcy
reorganization and its subsequent sale to the investment firm Sun Capital
“Leon told key employees [the day prior to his resignation] that he would
be leaving,” said one person with knowledge of the discussion who preferred
not to be identified. “He said the family values he believed in were not
necessarily those shared by Sun Capital, so he was leaving. He vowed he
would be back. He asserted that he has no non-competes in place that would
keep him from doing so.”
At press time, Sun Capital was unavailable for comment.
Kawneer North America
Diana Perreiah, who took on the role of general manager for Kawneer North
America in Norcross, Ga., in April, has spent 24 years with the company
in a variety of roles, from plant manager to operations manager to, most
recently, vice president of business operations.
“I feel as though I have had several different careers without having
to change companies. Now I am able to take those experiences and that
knowledge and apply it to my current role as general manager for Kawneer
North America,” Perreiah told USGlass in a recent interview.
Q: How did you get started in this industry?
A: My 24-year career in the aluminum industry began after I graduated
from Hollins University where I received my bachelor of arts in computational
science. Armed with a liberal arts degree with an interest in technical
fields, my mother encouraged me to attend a job fair that focused on leveraging
liberal arts degrees in industrial and technical companies. Alcoa was
at this job fair and that was my introduction to the company and how my
career in the aluminum industry began.
Q: What duties does your new job include?
A: As general manager of Kawneer North America, I have the overall responsibility
to lead the business. Specifically, I am responsible for guiding the executive
management team and oversight of company operations, as well as leading
operational excellence, capturing productivity gains and delivering exceptional
customer service …
Q: What has been your first priority in your new role? What are your
goals for moving the company
A: My first priority is to continue to pursue an aggressive investment
agenda. Recently, Kawneer embarked on a carefully planned initiative to
provide the best customer experience in the industry and upgrade its service
centers to provide greater flexibility. We are committed to improving
and expanding Kawneer’s operational capabilities, growing its wide range
of products and solutions, and advancing the company through technology
and people. And we are seeing the results of that commitment. Our investment
in new product development is beginning to pay off and we expect to launch
a significant number of innovative, sustainable products in 2010. Our
more efficient footprint is delivering improved lead times and delivery
Finally, an ongoing goal of mine is to continue to strengthen Kawneer’s
footprint and better position the company for the future. We need to take
complexity out of managing the business and fully take advantage of our
capacity to produce increased volumes and deliver a broader range of products
and services. That will ultimately result in a Kawneer that is more responsive
to market cyclicality and is more capable of servicing our customers.
Q: What is one professional pet peeve?
A: To hear “I can’t do that. That’s impossible” is incredibly frustrating
to me. I like to look at how we can make the seemingly impossible, possible.
Markets continue to experience an unprecedented decline. And even though
there is a great deal we can’t control, it’s important to focus on what
we can control and what we can do to create opportunities. Things like
managing our investment strategy and recognizing that people are our most
important asset …
Q: What advice would you give someone just starting in the glass/aluminum
A: Learn how your industry works through hands-on roles. Try to get as
broad experience as you can. If you aspire to lead, the breadth of experience
and knowledge you gain from a variety of roles is invaluable when you
are making bigger/ broader decisions.
Bring an unrelenting passion for continuous improvement. Change is inevitable
so it is important to embrace it, to keep moving and be a part of the
change—from how work is being done to how a product is being used in the
industry. It’s also important to constantly renew and regenerate yourself.
Learn something new at every opportunity and recognize the importance
of benchmarking—understand what drives customers, markets and your competition.
That’s how you stay competitive as a company as well as a person.
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