Frank Dlubak, a major figure in the glass industry, died November 25, 2017 at the age of 75. The former owner of Dlubak Corp. was known as an inventor and entrepreneur.
When he was 12, he began working with his father designing stained glass windows for churches. In the 1970s, he started Dlubak Corp., where he developed techniques for bending and strengthening architectural glass. There are many in the industry who credit Dlubak with creating today’s market for bent glass.
He also customized curved windows for buildings and invented glass-bending machinery to make unique designs and angles possible. His designs and products have been used in many iconic locations, including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Rockefeller Center, the Prada Store in New York, the Smithsonian space exhibit, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the cylindrical glass columns at the entrance of Disney stores. Dlubak also designed and produced the engraved glass paperweight favors that were given to guests at former President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural ball.
Dlubak was awarded the Pittsburgh Humanitarian Award and the Pennsylvania Small Business Association Innovation Award. In 1998, he was inducted into USGlass magazine’s Glass and Metal Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry.
Peter deGorter, CEO and president of DeGorter Inc., died suddenly on December 29, 2017 of unknown causes. He was 59.
deGorter was born in Manhasset, N.Y., and later attended the University of Miami, where he studied marine science and biology. However, he eventually dedicated his life to working for his family’s glass industry business, DeGorter Inc.
deGorter is preceded in death by his father, John deGorter. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne deGorter, their six children and his siblings, Deborah deGorter and Dan deGorter, vice president of DeGorter Inc.
His son, Pete deGorter, serves as vice president of the company. He said his father was the type of person you could never forget once you met him.
“He had an impact on all those he came across in his journeys. He never met a stranger and always saw the best in everyone. He was a father, grandfather, mentor, coach and one of the best bosses anyone could ask for.”
He continues, “The entire deGorter and DeGorter Inc. families have been overjoyed with a massive outpouring of support and have enjoyed the stories of Peter that have graciously been shared with us. Though it arrived in a sorrowful manner, DeGorter Inc. has planned ahead and will continue to honor Peter, as well his father, John deGorter, by continuing to uninterruptedly provide our valuable services to our cherished friends in the glass Industry. We feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing industry and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”
John “Jack” Hoisington of Madison Heights Glass, a self-employed proprietor and glass dealer, died on November 28, 2017 at age 82.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War before entering the glass industry. Hoisington was later recognized by the Glass Dealer’s Association for 50 years of excellence.
“Of the myriad memories that were enjoyed together, perhaps one of Jack’s favorite were the many car rides he would take his children and grand-children on. And not merely enjoying the fun of the ride, but Jack just loved playing tour guide as he drove them by many of the glass projects he had been involved in and pointing out where he had left his mark on the city. Always, with esteemed and humble pride,” reads his obituary.
Steve Chen, Crystal Window & Door Systems COO, has been recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Business Journal as one of the 2017 Top 20 Under 40 young executives in the region. Winners were selected for their contributions to their companies and their impact on the economic vitality of the area. Under Chen’s direction, Crystal Windows has launched and significantly expanded manufacturing operations at its newLackawanna County facility north of Scranton, Pa.
Winco Window Co. has named Bill Krenn its new president. Krenn has been with Winco since 1996 and has served in various capacities, including director of human resources, treasurer, vice president, and chief financial officer. Krenn will replace John Campbell, who is retiring.
As Winco’s new president, Krenn will focus on the overall direction of the company’s sales outreach and operations in concert with the vision of family ownership.
Comings and Goings
Arthur Berkowitz stepped down from his role as executive vice president at J.E. Berkowitz (JEB), reducing his day-to-day obligations, at the beginning of the month.
Day-to-day responsibilities will be handled by the newly promoted general manager Matt McCullough and assistant general manager Jim Mooney.
“I am excited about continuing to support JEB and Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGH) in a senior advisory role that will focus my time on continued process improvements in addition to key customer, vendor and plant initiatives,” said Berkowitz in a statement. “I will continue to serve on the board of directors of CGH providing support and counsel to their senior management team, and will focus more of my available time on a related company, RENOVATE by Berkowitz (RBB), and help to drive its market penetration with the use of CGH products.”
Prior to CGH’s acquisition of JEB in 2016, Berkowitz was the company’s third generation owner/manager, having led it for more than 40 years.
In addition, Bob Price was appointed CGH vice president of strategic architectural sales.
Price has worked at J.E. Berkowitz for more than 34 years, serving most recently as vice president of sales and marketing. He joined the company as a sales representative in 1983, was named sales manager in 1990, and was elevated to the position of vice president in 1998.
JEB has also appointed Gary McQueen as senior director of sales and marketing.
In his new role, McQueen will be responsible for managing JEB’s sales, estimating and project management personnel, as well as leading all marketing initiatives. He joined JEB as architectural de-sign manager in September 2014, and transitioned to director of architectural sales in January 2017.
Steven E. Westfall was named president of EFCO, effective January 8, 2018.
Westfall joined EFCO from Tuthill Vacuum & Blower in Springfield, Mo., where he served as president starting in 2013. From 2008 to 2013, Westfall led two companies owned by private equity firms – CST Storage and Detroit Tool Metal Products.
Kai Knuutila is now Glaston’s new digitalization manager, a newly-created position for the company. His goal will be to bring the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to glass processing equipment, and to foster solutions within the company that lead to a brighter future by embracing the power of modern technology.
He started his career at Nokia in 1998, then spent 13 years working for its smartphone division in many distinct roles, including system design and architecture, and on many different teams. He went on to work for Intel Corporation, which had just opened facilities in Tampere, Finland.
Ted Hathaway, CEO of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE), retired December 31, 2017, and OBE president Nathan Creechassumed leadership upon Hathaway’s retirement.
During his 30-plus years in the glass and metal industry, Hathaway developed a reputation for getting results, eliciting stellar business performance, and making impeccable acquisition choices—all combined with a great appreciation for the artistry and technology glass offers. His choices in acquisition targets—such as the Vistawall Group and Antamex International—helped make OBE into a true total building envelope solution provider. In 2015 OBE purchased the assets of C.R. Laurence (CRL) in a $1.3 billion deal, the largest the industry has seen to date.
“Ted’s ambitious leadership during the past 30 years has contributed to OBE’s position as North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of building products for the glass and glazing industry and a business that has delivered consistent strong growth and excellent returns for CRH,” said Keith Haas, president of CRH Americas Products and Distribution.
Hathaway started his career as a commercial banker with Bankers’ Trust and later worked for a leverage buyout fiirm. In 1987, he joined what was then Oldcastle Inc.® as its vice president of development and was focused on acquisitions. Within three years of joining the company, he led the $100 million acquisition of HGP industries, and Oldcastle Glass was born. In 1998 he was named chief operating officer and and chief executive officer in 2000. Since then he has added more than 25 companies to the mix—including the CRL purchase—through an acquisition strategy that made OBE one of the top glass and metal companies in the country.
Hathaway has also been featured in USGlass magazine as one of the glass and metal industry’s most influencial people.
Creech began working at Oldcastle Materials in May 2011 as vice president of development. He became OBE president in July 2017. Before joining OBE, the Yale University master of business administration graduate worked at LafargeHolcim, a building material company.
The Year Ahead: IGMA’s President Talks about Plans, Goals and What to Expect in 2018
This year marks Nathalie Thibault’s second term as the president of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) (Note: IGMA officials serve two terms). Thibault is also the architectural sales manager, Maritimes and Ontario, as well as technical advisor for New England with Prelco, which is based in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec. While her company has been a part of IGMA for many years, she became involved in 2009 when she was asked to replace a retiring company representative.
“I initially attended the meetings as an observer and slowly became more involved in some committees, such as Certification and Education,” she says. “I became a board member in 2013 and have been involved at the board level since.”
Thibault spoke to USGlass magazine and offered some insight into what the industry can expect from IGMA in the future, and some of the activities and plans she’s looking for-ward to.
Q. This is now your second year as IGMA president. What were some highlights from last year and some of your goals for 2018?
A. In 2017 IGMA continued to solidify its financial position, as we believe it is extremely important to have an association that is stable and will continue to defend the interest of its members in the industry. The association also launched helpful publications as well as educational tools such as the Leadership Development Program. IGMA not only wants to be a reference of choice for its members in technical matters, we also want to provide helpful tools for our members in other aspects of their professional life.
For 2018, IGMA’s goals will be to provide multiple venues for education to the industry in order to transfer knowledge from experienced industry leaders to the next generations. We also want to analyze the information needs of the IGMA membership and the insulating glass industry in order to focus on the priority issues. Finally, we will make sure to conduct the appropriate research that has been identified as a must for our industry.
Q. What’s challenging about leading association activities while also balancing your company involvement?
A. Definitely time management. It obviously requires more time and effort to coordinate both activities as they are equally important. I have to establish priorities and plan my activities to make sure I don’t forget anything. But where there is passion, we always find ways.
Q. If you could change one thing about the glass industry, what would that be?
A. I don’t think it is solely related to the glass industry, but rather a problem that we often see in the man- the right balance between doing things right while responding to the timeline pressures. So, I guess I would want to find ways to relieve the pressures on timelines.
Q. What are you most ex-cited about for 2018?
A. First and foremost, I will “graduate” from the Leadership Development Program, and I’m looking forward to using all of the concepts and practical tools I have acquired in my leadership role, both at IGMA and in my company. I’m also very excited that the IGMA Winter Conference already has so many registrants because there is a lot of activity at the moment with our different task groups, and we also have some work-shops that will be held again this year; the response to those continues to be extremely positive.
Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your free time?
A. I’m a very active person, so I enjoy running, CrossFit, cycling, skiing and any other sports activity. And when I’m tired from all this activity, I like reading a book or cooking a good meal.
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