Volume 47, Issue 6 - June 2012

NewsMakers

promotions
ICD High Performance Coatings of Vancouver, Wash., has promoted Nrupen Patel been to research and development manager. He has been with ICD for two years, starting as a formulating chemist. He has two master’s degrees, one in polymers and coatings from SP University in Gujarat, India, and one in paints and varnishes from Eastern Michigan University.

new hires
Harmon Inc. of Bloomington, Minn., has hired several new employees, including a number of former Trainor Glass employees. Among these is former Trainor president Brian Clark, who has been appointed general manager in Harmon’s Dallas office. Clark has 21 years of experience in the glazing industry and brings with him a team of operations and sales individuals to his new job, according to the company.

The Texas sales team will include Paxton Ellis, sales executive; Colby Hill, sales representative; and Dennis Mullins, senior estimator. The operations team will include Steven Russell and Brian Travis, serving as both project executives; Don Birmingham, general superintendent; Dennis Wolfe, senior project manager; Berni Shalda and Adam Perkins as project coordinators; and Karen Boren, office administrator.

In addition, Harmon has hired Tim Law of Bloomington, Minn., as a senior sales representative. Law has 11 years of experience in the glazing industry, and most recently served as a division sales manager in Detroit for Trainor Glass.

Jim Bald, former regional manager of the Mid-Atlantic region for Trainor, has joined Harmon’s Baltimore office as general manager. Bald has 13 years of experience in the glazing industry.

Harmon also recently hired Steve Gernes to join its national sales team. Gernes has 30 years of experience in the glazing industry, coming to Harmon from Enclos Corp. of Eagan, Mich., where he was a project executive for the East Coast. His background and experience includes time at Harmon during the early part of his career.

Drew Garner has joined Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions of Deerfield Beach, Fla., as chief financial officer (CFO). He most recently served as CFO for Ames Taping Tools, a company that rents and sells construction tools and supplies. Prior to that, he held the position of senior vice president and CFO for Pike Family Nurseries.

Garner succeeds Grace Kurowska, who company officials say left to pursue other interests.

Jim Gulnick has been appointed as engineering director with McGrory Glass Inc. Gulnick is responsible for leading the company’s existing and future capital improvement projects, as well as implementing new processing capabilities. He brings 21 years of engineering, sales and operational experience in the glass industry.

Prior to joining McGrory, Gulnick was operations manager at AGC and, prior to that, sales manager at Glaston NA.

ICD High Performance Coatings of Vancouver, Wash., has made several new hires. Abram Scurlock has been named applications specialist within ICD’s technical service department. He has worked for ICD for 10 years, starting in production and progressing through the company as a chemist.Prior to this, he served as R&D manager.

The company has hired James Butler as new plant manager. He has served the glass industry for more than 11 years, with a focus on managing teams. Previously, he served the country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a proponent of both Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma.

The company also has appointed Jeff Nicholson product commercialization liaison with the goal of “bridg[ing] the gap between R&D and production by placing new products into production stream and ensuring customer satisfaction with fewer problematic product launches.” He, like Butler, has background in Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. Nicholson also has experience in the steel industry as a production lead.

It has hired Duane Jennrich as a technical service technician. He has past experience in various subcontracting disciplines according to the company.

now representing
Quanex Building Products Corp. of Houston has appointed Karin Emery as customer service manager for the company’s door and window systems group, and Tonya McDonald and Tina Bailey as customer service representatives for the IG systems group.

Based in Kent, Wash., Emery will lead Quanex’s window and door systems group’s customer service departments in Kent, Richmond, Kentucky, and Winnebago, Ill. She has customer service experience in the fenestration industry, most recently as inside sales manager with PlyGem Windows & Doors.

McDonald joins Quanex IG Systems as customer service representative in Cambridge, Ohio. With previous customer service and training experience, her responsibilities include advocating for internal and external customers, while building and maintaining relationships.

Bailey also joins the Cambridge office, and has experience in customer service, purchasing, accounting and marketing. Her goals at Quanex include handling customer requests while building relationships internally and externally.

Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., has named Jacques Ouellette of TGI Technical Glass Inc. of Surrey, British Columbia, as its newest sales representative. Ouellette will serve western Canada in this role.

Ouellette has more than 35 years of sales experience in the glass industry. His career began at PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, where he eventually served as director of sales for their Montreal distribution center. From 1990-2008, Ouellette enjoyed stints at Glaverbec, AFG/AGC Glass and Bronco Industries. He won five sales awards with AFG/AGC, including the top North American Salesperson in 2006. In 2008, Ouellette started TGI Technical Glass Inc.

comings and goings
Gerald (Jerry) Jackson, national sales and marketing manager for Vetrotech North America in Auburn, Wash., will retire in June, after nine years with the company. Kevin Frisone will succeed Jackson, effective July 2012.

Jackson began his career with Vetrotech in the systems sales/estimating department in 2003 after 31 years in contract glazing. He was named national sales and marketing manager in 2008. Before joining Vetrotech, Frisone worked in a similar capacity as vice president of sales and marketing for ScreenPlay Inc.

obituaries
Pat Petrucci, Indianapolis, Ind.
Patricia “Pat” Petrucci, who worked for many years with Stewart-Carey Glass in Carmel, Ind., and most recently with King’s Distributors in Evansville, Ind., passed away in April. She was 78.

She is survived by a son, Michael Petrucci; a daughter, Sylvia Lewis, and her husband, Jim; a granddaughter, Chloe Petrucci; and a brother, Michael Greig, and his wife, Margaret. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Louise Greig; a son, Mark; a sister, LeDonna Hogue; and a brother, James Greig.

Valerie Tribon, M3 Glass, Irving, Texas
Valerie Tribon, human resources executive at M3 Glass Technologies in Irving, Texas, passed away in March. She was 51.

Tribon survived by her husband 30 years, Tedd Tribon; three children, Jacob, Maddi and Nate; her father, Jim Sollars of Tyler, Texas; a sister, Devonee Sollars of Tyler; a brother, Jeff Sollars and wife, Sherry of McKinney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an educational fund established for her children, the Valerie Tribon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 177157, Irving, Texas, 75017.

appointments
Grey Mountain Partners (GMP) of Boulder, Colo., recently named Tom Ryan as president and CEO of Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGHI), a consortium of GMP’s affiliate companies in the architectural, security, and custom glass and metal fabrication businesses. The consortium currently includes Global Security Glazing of Selma, Ala., Columbia Commercial Building Products of Rockwall, Texas, Custom Components Co. of Tampa, Fla., and Hawkins Architectural Products of Stafford, Va.

Ryan will be responsible for integrating and managing the businesses as well as future acquisitions. He most recently served as CEO of PODS Enterprises and has managed building products related and industrial services businesses his entire career. Over the past 20 years, he has held leadership roles at Johns Manville (both its fiberglass insulation and roofing divisions), Ingersoll Rand Corp., and AlliedSignal Inc. (now Honeywell).

Charles Witherington has been named Binswanger Glass’ new director of purchasing. Witherington will be in charge of purchasing and procurement for the company. He worked for Vitro America for 30 years and served as the vice president and general manager toward the end of his time there.


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