Obituaries

C. Craig Washing, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., and an accomplished figure in the glass industry, passed away on April 27, 2021, at 81. He is survived by his wife, Marti Washing.

Washing was born on July 18, 1939, and graduated from Ohio State University in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in management and as a member of Phi Delta Theta. His career in the glass industry began as a sales trainee in the Chicago office of what was then Libbey-Owens-Ford Company (LOF), today Pilkington NSG. He was subsequently assigned
a permanent sales territory with LOF in Denver.

Washing then went to work for LOF subsidiary Bogardus Wilson in Canada in 1973. He returned to the LOF corporate office in Toledo, Ohio, in 1983 as the vice president of sales and became national public relations manager in 1985. Washing became vice president of sales for Norment upon Apogee’s purchase of Norment.

“To sum up Craig’s industry reputation would be a true gentleman, congenial, honest, trustworthy and loyal friend to all,” said Jerry Anderson, retired president of Apogee.

Retirements

Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has announced the retirement of meetings manager, Florence Nicolici, after 36 years of service. Nicolici began her tenure at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in 1985, starting as a technical assistant.

“I feel very honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to build my family through AAMA and FGIA for the past more than 35 years,” said Nicolici. “I plan to open a new chapter in my life and explore new opportunities through travel and continue to experience all the upcoming celebrations in my children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Thank you for the memories!”

Hartung Canada

After spending more than 40 years in the Canadian glass industry, Scot “Rory” McDonald, has retired from Hartung Glass Canada. Born and raised in Manitoba, McDonald moved to Winnipeg when he was 25 and got his first job in the wholesale glass business, running inside sales at Bogardus Wilson.

“They had a vertical tempering line, manufactured insulating glass and were contract glazing,” said McDonald. “They were a very big company and I was in wholesale. After transferring to work in outside sales at Bogardus Wilson in Edmonton in 1981, the ’82 recession hit and I was transferred then to the Burnaby location. I stayed there till 1985 and then I joined Tempa Glass where I was in sales and sales management for 17 years, until 2002.”

Tempa changed ownership and McDonald moved to Garibaldi Glass in 2002 before his final career move to Hartung Canada in 2009.

“It’s always going to be a tough decision to retire,” says McDonald. “But it’s time. There is life to live. The glass business was good to me and gave me a good living for 42 years. I saw a lot of changes over the years. From the introduction of low-E glass in the early 80s all the way through to what we’re doing now with large sizes and different coatings. There’s been a lot of technological progress over my career.”

Comings and Goings

Tubelite

Josh Herman has returned to Tubelite as a client development manager serving western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. Based in Ohio, he previously served in this role from 2018-19. He returns as a manufacturing representative and the founder/president of Herman Architectural Products LLC. Most recently, he worked as an outside sales representative at W.A. Wilson Glass in Canton, Ohio. He previously was employed at Everhart Glass Co., also located in Canton. While at Everhart, he served as an operations manager and as a shop foreman. He has also served as a project manager at Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® in Warwick, R.I. Herman perused a bachelor’s degree in business finance at the University of Akron, and received his Real Estate Certification from Hondros College, also in Akron.

Accura Systems

Diane Stone of Accura Systems located in Sunnyvale, Texas, has retired. She began her career with the Vistawall group in the mid-1990s and joined the Accura family in 2012 as a purchasing agent. According to the announcement, she has been the critical point person between the company and all of its vendors and suppliers.

In addition, Diana Navarro was promoted to project manager. She has worked with Accura for seven years, starting as a fabrication technician in the CAD area. She then moved into CNC programming, where she worked until 2019. In September 2019, Navarro was promoted to a project coordinator position.

Clint Strong is a new project coordinator. Strong has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Arkansas. He has spent six years working for Brinker International in several different accounting areas, including revenue accounting, accounts receivables and cash accounting.

Promotions

Spectrum Metal Finishing

Neil Chrisman IV has succeeded his father, Neil Chrisman III, as president of Spectrum Metal Finishing, which the elder Chrisman founded in 1993.

Chrisman IV joined the company in 2013, having worked in every department after starting on the shop floor. He became business development manager in 2014 and vice president of operations in 2015.

Vitro Architectural Glass

Pennsylvania-based Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) promoted Joanne Funyak to director of the Vitro Certified Network and project management. She has worked at PPG since 1985 and been a part of Vitro’s flat glass business segment since the company acquired PPG in 2016.

“Joanne has been an essential member of our sales support and value-added product management team at Vitro for decades, and we’re very pleased with the experience she will bring to this new role,” said Mark Seeton, vice president of sales at Vitro Glass. “Joanne’s skill at developing and maintaining trustful, person-to-person relationships is what makes so many of our clients excited to work with her, and her profound technical knowledge of Vitro products will allow her to deliver high-quality guidance and project support.”

Funyak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University.

Paul Di Cesare was promoted as manager of architectural quality assurance. Di Cesare has held different positions for the company since his start in 1994. Before his new role, Di Cesare worked in Vitro’s technical services department. As a key accounts manager in the sales organization, he directed several commercial construction accounts for the northeast.

Di Cesare holds a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University.

In addition, Vitro has named Emarie Holland a strategic account manager for the Southern U.S and Randyl Walters a strategic account manager for the Northeast region. Holland is based in Burkburnett, Texas, and will serve customers throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Holland worked for five years as a production scheduler at Vitro Glass’s Wichita Falls plant. Walters is based in Bethlehem, Pa., and will be responsible for servicing customers in eastern Pennsylvnia, New York and all of New England. She has worked at Vitro since 2006 as an insulating glass coordinator.

Appointments

NSG Group

NSG Group, which includes Nippon Sheet Glass and its associated companies, has made several personnel changes. At the corporate level, Takashi Suzuki, managing director of architectural glass, Japan, will become head of sales, architectural glass, Asia. Shoji Miyanomoto, currently the managing director for architectural glass, Japan, will take up the mantel as the head of architectural glass, Asia; and Kenjiro Hira, who is serving as business support controller, architectural glass, Asia, will step into the role Miyanomoto is vacating as managing director for architectural glass, Japan. John Wilgar, director of energy, non-float direct materials and supplier, development procurement will be the new head of procurement.

Frameless Hardware Co.

Jesse Dorado is the new brand manager for architectural hardware with the Frameless Hardware Co. LLC (FHC).

Previously, Dorado served as vice president of sales at Grand View Glass & Metal, and most recently as architectural hardware access control team leader for C.R. Laurence.

New Hires

Access Hardware Supply

Richard Gonzalez has joined Access Hardware Supply as an estimator. Gonzalez has more than 20 years of experience with aluminum storefront and curtainwall projects. His understanding of processes and products began in a fabrication department, where he created doors and frames and installed hardware. Moving to an office position, he then mastered the details of the takeoff position, working at all levels up through
takeoff supervisor.

Super Sky Enterprises

Super Sky Enterprises LLC has hired Amanda Grothman as a sales estimator. Grothman joins Super Sky with previous estimating experience in the door and window industries. She has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University-Wisconsin.

Sparklike

Sparklike recently announced three new hires. Riina Leinimaa joined the company on March 1 as a marketing assistant. She will provide customers with marketing materials and other support related to marketing activities. Ville Arosarka is now the service and automation mechanic on the after sales team. Muhamed Al Husaini is also now serving a laser service specialist.

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