Newsmakers September 2021

Obituaries

Bernard Lax, Pulp Studio

Bernard Lax, CEO and founder of Pulp Studio in Gardena, Calif., and a leader in the decorative architectural glass industry, died suddenly on August 3 at the age of 64.

“Bernard instilled his DNA in Pulp Studio’s culture and is just part of the legacy that will continue with his passing,” reads a statement from the company.

“Although unexpected, the Pulp team will maintain continuity with cutting-edge products, unprecedented quality and the highest levels of service.” Lax and Pulp Studio were featured in the April 2016 issue of USGlass magazine in recognition of the company’s 20th anniversary. He and his wife, Lynda, started the company in 1996 as a two-person business operating out of their basement. Prior to that, the couple spent 20 years in
the textile clothing industry.

“What’s truly unique about Pulp is that we still produce all the product ourselves,” Lax told USGlass in 2016. “Being that I was always in the textile manufacturing business, I’ve resisted the temptation to allow others to do our work for us, because they don’t have the same expectations of quality standards and a commitment to delivery … We want to focus on being more project-oriented than product-oriented.”

He is survived by his wife, Lynda, who serves as president and co-owner of Pulp Studio, and his son Taylor. Memorial donations can be made to some of his favorite charities including the L.A. Food Bank, World Central Kitchen and Doctors without Borders.

Dennis Csehi, Spec-Temp/Atwood Mobile Products

Glass industry-veteran Dennis Csehi passed away on August 19, 2021. His career included 27 years with Pilkington followed by many years with Spec-Temp/Atwood Mobile Products Inc. in Antwerp, Ohio.

Csehi earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo, and began his career in the glass industry in the late 1960s when he worked for then Libbey Owens Ford as a mechanical engineer. He was involved in technical and operational processes and systems for float manufacturing, glass filming, automotive glass laminating and tempering, encapsulation, insulating and glass fabrication. In 1997, he joined Spec-Temp Inc. as president and general manager.

In 2015 he was appointed managing principal of the Consulting Collaborative’s Western office in Denver.

He became actively involved in the Glass Association of North America (GANA) in 1998, and served as a board member and also a chair of the tempering division. In 2004 he was the GANA president and was listed as one of USGlass magazine’s Most Influential People in August of that same year. In that issue, he shared that he was most influenced by his wife, Shirley, who passed away in 2011, family, friends, business associates and current events.

Bob Cobie, AP Technoglass

Robert “Bob” Burkle Cobie, of Plain City, Ohio, passed away in early July. He was 80 years old. Cobie started his career in the glass division of Ford Motor Co. in 1963 and later joined Guardian Industries in Detroit. He eventually became engineer and plant manager of a new float glass plant with over 600 employees. In 1977, he helped build Tempglass Western, a glass tempering plant in Fremont, Calif., and eventually became president of the plant. In 1985, he joined AP Technoglass in Bellefontaine, Ohio, as vice president and plant manager. Cobie retired in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy McMaster, and their children, Heather Merkle; Jennifer Sliwak and their families.

Bob Bowman, Winco Window Co.

Bob Bowman, one of the longest-serving sales representatives in Winco Window Co.’s 100-year history, passed away at 92 on May 11, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, three children and six grandchildren.

Bowman’s career in the window industry began in 1955. He had retired from Winco as a sales representative after 37 years.

After serving in the Navy during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1955, Bowman began working as an estimator for aluminum casement company Alcasco. Bowman worked for window companies in the following years, including Four Seasons Windows, Lupton Manufacturing, Rusko Industries, and Kawneer. Bowman joined Winco as a rep in 1980 covering Southern California and Arizona.

Appointments

Global Construction Industries

Global Construction Industries (GCI), a new company based in Douglas, Ga., recently announced several personnel appointments, naming new presidents of its Glaziers on Demand and Glazier Nation divisions.

David Schwieterman has been named president of GCI. The company is in the early stages of development and will supply support and resources to the entire construction industry.

Matt Day, founder of Glaziers on Demand, is now president of the newly formed Glazier Nation, which helps provide employment opportunities for glass professionals and for organizations looking to hire.

Stepping into the role as president at Glaziers on Demand is Greg Whittle. Glaziers on Demand has been a full-service supplier of labor solutions to the glazing community for eight years.

United Architectural Metals

North Canton, Ohio-based United Architectural Metals (UAM), a designer, manufacturer and fabricator of unitized curtainwall systems, has appointed Robert Cummings to the newly-formed position of chief operating officer (COO).

Cummings has had more than 38 years in the glass industry and previously held executive positions at Standard Bent Glass Corp., United Glass Corp., Hartung Glass Industries and Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc.

YKK AP

YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) announced the appointment of Ayako Fujiwara as compliance manager. She will oversee auditing and regulatory compliance for the company. Fujiwara has more than 11 years of experience in the manufacturing industry.

Most recently, she served as a senior accountant in manufacturing and operations for Novelis in Atlanta. Previously, she was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young.

Unicel Architectural

Unicel Architectural Corp., a manufacturer of Vision Control, timber, aluminum curtainwalls and skylight solutions, has appointed Jason Schaum as its Midwest architectural representative. Schaum will help drive sales and customer development efforts for the Midwestern U.S. market, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Promotions

FGIA

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announced a restructuring of several staff positions, including the promotion of Kathy Krafka Harkema from U.S. codes and regulatory affairs manager to the newly-created position of U.S. technical operations director. Krafka Harkema will retain her work in the regulatory monitoring and reporting realm but cede some codes work to International Code Council (ICC) and Florida code consultant Jen Hatfield.

Krafka Harkema began her tenure at AAMA in January 2019, after serving in several leadership roles as a member of the association.

Rich Rinka, FGIA’s technical manager, fenestration standards and U.S. industry affairs, will focus on technical document development and industry organization collaboration, allowing for the dedication of more resources to these critical aspects of the organization’s work.

Giroux Glass

Giroux Glass Inc. has promoted several employees and hired an industry veteran into a new role in Nevada.

Working out of the Las Vegas office, Henry Jojola will serve as a quality control/quality assurance manager. Jojola’s construction career began in glazing where he achieved the level of journeyman glazier, and worked over many years for various Las Vegas-based glazing companies. He is certified as an Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems professional by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry.

Rob Carter has assumed the role of director of California sales and business development. Carter started with Giroux Glass as an estimator in 2008. As the company’s chief estimator in 2019, Carter was named “Best Estimator of the Year” by the American Subcontractors Association  California). He now supervises all estimating, sales and business development across California. His direct reports will include estimators and
CAD technicians in Los Angeles, Orange County, Fresno and San Bernardino, overseeing their sales activities and client development.

John Cox will serve in the new position as director of California project operations. Cox currently oversees project management activities across four Giroux Glass locations in California. Cox holds a degree in engineering from the University of Chicago, and received his AutoCAD certification from Triton College in Illinois.

Kelly Edwards is now responsible for operations within the field, shop and facilities in the company’s California locations. He oversees all California construction projects progress and procedures, including quality assurance and quality control practices.

Isra Vision

Isra Vision created a new three-member management team following the retirement announcement of Enis Ersü, founder and CEO of Isra. The team consists of Hans Jürgen Christ and Johannes Giet, Isra Vision executive board members, and the new speaker of the Isra Vision executive board, Tomas Lundin.

New Hires

Vesuvius

Vesuvius USA, an engineering firm serving the steel and foundry industries in Dillon S.C., has hired Shane Sieracki as the sales manager for Americas for its Fused Silica business unit. Sieracki has more than 20 years of experience in sales, operations and accounting in the glass and glazing sector.

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