John Bendt

John Bendt has been promoted to president of EFCO, replacing John Klein who will retire at the end of the 2020 fiscal year. Bendt will officially begin the transition process with Klein starting today so that he will be acting in the role fully for the FY2021 annual operating plan process and coordinate with Klein on an effective transition of responsibilities.

Bendt will take full accountability for the EFCO business on March 1, 2020. He will continue to be based in Minneapolis, but as of today, he will ensure he has an effective plan to spend time in Monett, Mo., with the EFCO team and customers.

Bendt brings a tremendous amount of experience and industry knowledge to this role, according to the company. He joined parent-company Apogee in 2002 and has held several leadership roles across the organization. Prior to joining EFCO as vice president of sales and marketing in August 2018, he served as vice president of building retrofit strategy, where he led the development of Apogee’s renovation initiative, growing it to $40 million in orders in fiscal year 2018. Previously Bendt worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Wausau Window and Wall Systems from 2008 to 2012, and he was vice president of service and special projects for Harmon from 2002 to 2008. Prior to Apogee, Bendt worked in numerous general management positions for the Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

One of his first tasks will be to initiate a search for his backfill.

As EFCO congratulates Bendt on his new role, it also thanks Klein for his eight years with Apogee, according to the company. In February 2018, Klein postponed his planned retirement to lead the EFCO business, which was working through a number of commercial and operational related issues. Today, EFCO has turned the corner on many of the most significant issues, according to the company, and made an investment in the EFCO Distribution Center.

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