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Alliance Glazing Technologies has promoted Craig Carson to director of preconstruction for the company’s Denver location. Carson has been with Alliance since 2013, previously serving as regional preconstruction manager. Before joining Alliance, he spent 15 years as vice president for A1 Glass. He also worked as an estimator and later vice president of contract glazing for Elward Construction, and has previous experience with Harding Glass Industries as an estimator and project manager, among other glass industry companies. In his new role, he will take a more active role in the company-wide coordination and planning of resources, marketing efforts and leadership.

Two employees have been promoted at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass). Michael Hammond has been named the company’s manager of technical support for its glass quality and technical services team and Nathan McKenna is the new segment marketing manager.

In his new position, Hammond will provide technical support and direction to members of the Vitro Certified Network program, primarily in the areas of product application and process training. He also will take a leadership role in managing Vitro Glass product stewardship initiatives such as environmental product declarations (EPDs) and company participation in the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified products program.

Hammond was most recently glass products manager at Vitro Glass’s Carlisle, Pa., plant. He began his career in 1996 in the tank department at the company’s Wichita Falls, Texas, plant and progressed through a series of tank, enterprise excellence and wareroom positions at that facility and the Meadville, Pa., plant. He will relocate to the Pittsburgh area and be based out of the Vitro Glass Technology Center in Harmar Township, Pa.

In his new post, McKenna will provide marketing support for Vitro Glass’s
residential, commercial and specialty divisions. He also will oversee the company’s marketing plans and support its architectural teams throughout the United States and Canada. McKenna joined Vitro Glass in 2015 as a national architectural manager. He had previously worked at Columbia Commercial Building Products in Dallas, where he served as glass division manager.

Linetec’s Paul Bratz has been promoted to quality assurance manager and Brandon Slowiak has been named to Bratz’s previous role as paint operations manager. A member of Linetec’s team since 2002, Bratz started in the quality department specializing in paint. He was promoted to anodize plant manager before moving to paint operations manager. In 2015, Bratz was recognized for “extraordinary support” of employees who participate in military service and honored with a Patriot Award by the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Prior to this position, Slowiak served as the continuous improvement manager, and before joining Linetec in 2018, worked as a value stream manager at Parker Hannifin Corp., a motion and control technologies company.

Certified as a high performance team coach, Slowiak has led lean manufacturing training programs. In addition to his knowledge of lean, he has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering with a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Appointments

Glaston Group has appointed Michael Schmidt to vice president of sales and marketing for North America. He will be responsible for the integration, organization and oversight of the sales team in North America for both the Glaston and Bystronic glass portfolios. Schmidt is a 20-year veteran of the glass industry with extensive knowledge in glass
fabrication processes and solutions throughout the commercial and door and window industries.

Mike Luna is EFCO’s new vice president of operations. Luna joins the company with 24 years of experience at Emerson, where he held numerous leadership positions within operations. During his career at Emerson, he led start-up operations in Mexico, had extensive experience in lean strategy and was responsible for all facets of manufacturing.

The company also hired Chris DeFalco as operations manager for its Chicago Service Center. DeFalco brings over 12 years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing industry where he has held several roles, most recently as operations manager for Amtab Manufacturing. In addition, he has been an engineering and materials manager and a senior manufacturing engineer for Salisbury by Honeywell.

Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) has a new director of national accounts and architectural specifications. In his new role, Chris Randisi will be responsible for overseeing national accounts for the CGH architectural glass division—those served by J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal, Columbia Commercial Building Products and Dlubak Specialty Glass.

Randisi most recently served as Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager for J.E. Berkowitz, and previously held architectural sales roles with Guardian Industries, Shildan Group and Armstrong World Industries.

Ohio-based FeneTech Inc. has appointed Matt Buchanan as the director of software development, a newly-created position. The company also is making several changes involving the creation of several technical leads, which are subject matter experts for specific products, and encompass FeneTech’s commercial, business, production and quality development areas. The software development team members will be headed by FeneTech veterans Vince Formica, Brian Klinect, Joel Tornberg and Nick Orlando, respectively.

In his new role, Buchanan will be responsible for meeting with the technical leads to establish development priorities, meeting with project stakeholders to determine development requirements, planning development schedules and releases and assigning resources.

Buchanan joined FeneTech in 2003 as a software engineer. He became a group manager in 2011, helping turn customer business requirements into software deliverables. He’s responsible for leading the development of FeneVision’s CRM and RMA modules while implementing a variety of software performance initiatives and tooling that helped make upgrades to the software more efficient, according to the company.

The company also appointed Samantha Hudeck as its new manager of administrative services. She joined the company in 2012 as an administrative assistant where she began implementing FeneTech’s current standards and processes. From the beginning, she has demonstrated her organizational skills while planning and implementing all of FeneTech’s industry events. Hudeck also has led the company’s recruiting efforts, actively participating in many area university career fairs, identifying qualified candidates for co-op and full-time positions, and organizing candidate interviews.

In her new role, Hudeck will continue to manage daily administrative functions and begin managing the collective marketing functions for the company’s product line.

Michael Platt is a new architectural sales representative for YKK AP America. He will service the San Antonio metro area. Platt joins the company with a long history of managing sales and developing growth strategies in and around the southwest region.

New Hires

Apogee Renovation has appointed Francis O’Neill as an account executive for the Northeastern region, which includes New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Based near Portland, Maine, and a graduate of the University of Maine, O’Neill has more than 30 years of experience in sales management for glass and architectural building products, and engineering and construction services. His prior positions include working as director of strategic accounts for SageGlass, a Saint-Gobain company; as vice
president of sales and estimating for Linel; as principle and vice president of Benchmark Construction; and as president of Architectural Skylight Co. Inc.

DeaMor Associate Inc., a Pacific Northwest manufacturer and installer of custom skylight, canopy and sunshade solutions, has hired Chris Fronsoe as a preconstruction manager representing Oregon and southwest Washington. Fronsoe’s background includes sales and customer service in the architectural, automotive, solar and appliance glass industries in coatings. Previously he worked as global sales manager with ICD High Performance Coatings. In addition, he served on technical committees for a number of associations.

Josh Klick is Erdman Automation Corp.’s new North Central North America sales manager. Klick has spent the last 17 years in fenestration and building products, most recently managing the pro channel of dealers and distributors throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest. He has served as territory sales manager for national window manufacturers for six years. Prior to that, Klick served as contractor sales representative for national and regional dealers and distributors in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

Jason Stone is the new Western regional sales manager for Laminators Inc.’s Sign Division. Residing in Sandy, Utah, Stone will focus on the Northwest and Southwest states, which include Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. As regional manager, Stone is responsible for performing field promotional work and relationship management to sell and develop new business.

Obituaries

William “Bill” Hooper, Jr., who was director of field engineering and customer training services at Kawneer, passed away on July 19, 2019. For nearly 40 years Hooper was an important part of Kawneer Co.

He began his career with Kawneer as a draftsperson in the Jonesboro, Ga., plant and, in 1984, moved to the corporate office in Norcross, Ga., as a product design engineer. Over the Bill years, his career grew and he served as director of research Hooper and development and director of product development before his final role with the company.

“Since the beginning of his career, Bill exemplified the best of Kawneer and is tremendously respected by so many including our customers and the facade industry,” says Diana Perreiah, president of Arconic Building and Construction Systems, Kawneer‘s parent company. “He leaves a legacy that will continue to shape our business for many years to come.”

Hooper is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kim Hooper; two children, Madison and Caden; his mother, Vivian Hooper; brother Phillip (Cindy Hooper); sisters Mary Beth (Keith) Liles and Vicki (Steve) Manley; and several nieces and nephews.

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