James (Jim) Dunstan, founder of Azon based in Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away on Dec. 29, 2022, at the age of 95. In 1977, Dunstan founded the company with his wife, Ruth, who passed away in 2019.
The Dunstans grew Azon into an international company with several facilities around the globe, including China, Korea and Wales.
Jim’s passion for Azon and the industry it serves is well known. He was involved in the aluminum industry even before founding Azon. Azon serves in the membership of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Aluminum Extruders Council and its various committees. Jim also served as a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers. He responded fervently whenever the aluminum extrusion industry came under attack.
Jim was inducted into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ in 2002 and earned many other industry recognitions.
Bill Cintani, Mapes Industries CEO, passed away on Dec. 10, 2022. Cintani joined Mapes in Lincoln, Neb., in 1978 and became owner and operator in 1986. He led the company through a long period of growth that continued until his death. Cintani was also a member of the board of directors of Hampton Enterprises, Assurity and Nelnet. He served on community, non-profit and charitable boards, including the Lincoln Community Foundation, Bryan Hospital, Bryan Heart, and Chancellor’s Board of Counselors and UNMC, among others. Additionally, Cintani was an avid fisherman, and in 2018 joined his late father as a Master Angler in the Minnesota Fishing Museum Hall of Fame.
American Insulated Glass
American Insulated Glass (AIG) has appointed two new general managers at locations throughout the Southeast. DJ Stiffler is now the general manager of AIG Charlotte and Craig Scott is the general manager of AIG Birmingham. Stiffler assumes the role with more than 21 years of experience in the glass industry. He previously served as director of operations for View Glass. Scott arrives in Birmingham following a stint as operations manager for ARD Logistics. He has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, management and quality control in the automotive and building product segments.
Jill Read is the new national sales director at Impact Security. The manufacturer of forced-entry, bullet resistant and specialty retrofit glazing products says that Read brings more than a decade of experience in sales and marketing to the role. Throughout her career, Read has worked with large national retailers, restaurants, commercial contracts, architects and project managers. She has also worked alongside several school districts in both Texas and Tennessee to provide renovations and maintenance, along with glass and framing systems.
Marty McKinley is now the vice president of Arizona operations at the Giroux Glass Phoenix location. McKinley brings more than 20 years of glazing experience to the role. He was initially hired by Giroux in 2019 as the general manager of Arizona operations.
Technoform North America promoted Alexandra Blakeslee to co-manager of its market team and hired Patrick McMahon to lead business development and provide customer support for the Western region.
Blakeslee’s new role includes helping manage a team focused on edge bond solutions for insulating glass in windows, doors and other fenestration systems. Blakeslee has been with Technoform for nearly 10 years.
McMahon brings more than 15 years of experience in market development and sales of components for high-performance building envelopes. Before joining Technoform, McMahon was the first North American employee as head of sales for Swiss-owned SIGA.
Jim Nixon is now the vice president of innovation and new markets for Quanex. In the role, Nixon will advance new product and market strategies as well as lead strategy development and more for Quanex Custom Mixing, formerly known as LMI Custom Mixing.
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