The industry is mourning the loss of Larry Johnson, vice president of sales, North American Fenestration for Quanex, who passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024.

The industry is mourning the loss of Larry Johnson, vice president of sales, North American Fenestration for Quanex, who passed away on Friday, March 22, 2024.

“More than a colleague, Larry was my friend for over 30 years,” said Bob Daniels, Quanex president, North American Fenestration. “There was never a shortage of laughs or people when he was around. His industry knowledge and contacts were second to none and he had a knack for this business that never ceased to amaze me. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and we will continue to recount our memories of him for years to come.”

One of seven children, Johnson started working at Iron City Sash and Door in upstate New York in high school, unloading and assembling Andersen windows. He joined the industrial weather-stripping manufacturer Ultrafab in 1982 as a technical service manager before becoming a business development manager at VEKA.

He became president of VEKA after it invested in the vinyl extruder Vinylsource. He joined Edgetech (now Quanex) in 2001, becoming executive vice president in 2002. He was appointed Quanex’s vice president of sales, insulating glass systems, in July 2010.

Officials for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) said Johnson was a loyal supporter of the organization for decades, regularly providing sponsorships for events and ensuring Quanex was lending technical and marketing expertise to the organization and industry through the active participation of employees.

“He will certainly be missed by all who knew him,” said FGIA executive director Janice Yglesias.

“I was saddened to hear of Larry’s passing,” added Ron Crowl, general manager of window, door and glass for Cyncly (former president and CEO of FeneTech). “I’ve met many people in the industry over the last 30 years; however, Larry stood out as someone I always looked forward to seeing at industry events and in our personal lives. Larry always had a smile on his face and was a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his wife, Erin, and their loving family.”

Jim Plavecsky, owner of Windowtech Sales Inc., recalled being with Johnson on September 11, 2001. He remembers his determination to return home to be with his family.

“Everyone always remembers exactly who they were with when a national tragedy unfolds,” said Plavecsky. “I was on Edgetech’s private plane with Larry and Brian Kress … We were headed to visit Graham Architectural Products in York, Pennsylvania. We were told by air traffic control that once we landed in York, we were indefinitely grounded, and the rest of our flight schedule was canceled … After meeting with our customer, we were determined that, with our country under attack, we had to make it home to our families. So, with all domestic flights indefinitely canceled, we were extremely lucky to snag the last rental car in York and drove home that same day … Needless to say, the three of us bonded that day.”

Johnson had been battling bladder cancer since 2022 and passed away from complications of surgery he underwent earlier this year.

Johnson loved his family, and his hobbies included golfing and driving cars. He was recognized multiple times in USGlass magazine as one of the industry’s most influential people.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years and glass industry veteran, Erin, children, Kori (Rick Doherty) Tolbert, Alex and Ava, along with many extended family members and countless friends. He loved living on Lake Norman, golfing, a good cocktail with friends, fast cars, and most of all, his family.

For those who wish to make a donation in his memory, contributions to either of the following organizations are encouraged:

Cards expressing condolences to the family can be mailed to the Cambridge, Ohio, location below. These will be promptly forwarded to Erin.

Quanex
c/o Carrie Scheetz for Larry Johnson
800 Cochran Avenue
Cambridge, OH, 43725

 

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