Comings and Goings

Glaston

Glaston president and CEO Arto Metsänen is retiring January 1, 2021 and stepped down as CEO on June 1, 2020. Glaston’s board of directors nominated deputy to the CEO Sasu Koivumäki as acting CEO, and has begun the recruitment process for a new CEO.

Koivumäki joined the company in 2002 and has held several finance and sales positions in the company. He has been a member of the executive management group since 2012 and was appointed deputy to the CEO in 2015.

Deceuninck North America

Filip Geeraert, CEO and president of Deceuninck North America, retired on July 1, 2020, after 20 years with the company. While Geeraert says he looks forward to enjoying retirement and spending more time with family, he won’t disappear completely, as he has been appointed chair of the board for Deceuninck North America.

Thad Ziegler Glass

Thad Max Ziegler retired from the glass industry on April 15, 2020 after 73 years with Thad Ziegler Glass. Ziegler joined the family-owned business in 1949 and became sole owner of the company in 1969. His son, Thad W. Ziegler, is the company’s current president and his grandsons also are involved in running the business, which is
more than 125 years old.

Swisspacer

Swisspacer managing director Andreas Geith retired from the company on May 31, 2020. The new managing director is Victoria Renz-Kiefel, former director of strategy at Saint-Gobain High Performance Solutions. To allow sufficient time for a smooth handover, Renz-Kiefel assumed management of Swisspacer on April 1. In the last two years, she has focused on high performance solutions at Saint-Gobain.

Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has named Sarah Wansack and Mike Dishmon as commercial account managers for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, respectfully.

Wansack was most recently commercial segment manager for Guardian Industries Corp. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Dishmon was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for Virginia Glass Products. Prior to that he was with Vitro America from 1983 through 2011 in a variety of roles, from project manager to area manager.

New Hires

A+W Software

A+W Software has hired George Meaden as an operations coordinator. Meaden will assist with the management of daily business activities and administrative tasks with a particular focus on project tracking, scopes and plans. He previously worked at NCS Team where he was active in project management, sales, marketing and CAD design in the commercial space.

SAF

Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. has hired Cliff Cannon as an account manager at its Redding, Calif., branch. He will call on metal distributors, glazing contractors, and others in Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Cannon previously sold surveying equipment into the construction industry.

Forel

Forel has hired Afam Ike, a sales and service manager with experience in the glass business, to improve its presence in Africa. Ike has been working in the glass machinery trade in African countries for more than 25 years and has developed a deep knowledge of the most important local glass factories and their markets, according to the company.

Soft Tech

James Whitehouse joins Soft Tech as program manager on its implementation team. Whitehouse has many years of leadership experience in the industrial, energy and construction industries across the U.K. and the U.S. In his previous role, he led a group of engineers in various lifecycle functions in a heavy volume and demanding manufacturing environment. This included the design engineering, door hardware, technical writing and V6 Design configuration engineering teams.

Appointments

YKK AP America

Ramsey Fadel is the new vice president of manufacturing for YKK AP America’s recently acquired subsidiary, Erie Architectural Products Group (Erie AP). Fadel is now responsible for overseeing Erie AP’s manufacturing strategy and operations.

Fadel joins YKK AP with more than 25 years of leadership experience within the manufacturing industry, ranging from quality assurance to operations to plant management. He most recently led and managed all plant operations, maintenance, staff functions and resources for Hydro Extrusion Canada.

Kudos

Jordan Scott Recognized as Outstanding Young Leader; USGlass Wins Editorial Awards

Jordan Scott, USGlass magazine assistant editor, received the Association of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Outstanding Young Leader Award. The recognition honors editors 30 years old or younger, who have worked for at least two years as an editor at a business magazine or associated web publication. Candidates are sponsored by their chief editor, and must plan to continue in the business press as a career.

“I was so happy to nominate Jordan for this award and she is more than deserving,” said Tara Taffera, vice president of editorial services for Key Media & Research, parent company to USGlass magazine. “Jordan has a long and rewarding career in front of her and the entire staff looks forward to working with her in the years to come.”

USGlass magazine also received several AZBEE Awards from the ASBPE, recognizing editorial excellence in a variety of categories. The magazine was honored with a regional gold and national bronze in the category of front cover photo for “The Next Generation of Facades,” designed by Dawn Campbell, managing editor/art director. The second
was a regional bronze in the infographics category for a variety of infographics in various issues designed by Saundra Hutchison, art director.

USGlass magazine parent company KMR received five additional awards for its publications, Door and Window Market, WINDOW FILM and Auto Glass Repair and Replacement.

Obituary

Lucius S. “Lou” Niles

Lucius S. “Lou” Niles, former president and CEO of Benson Industries, died at his home in Simon’s Town, South Africa on June 7, 2020, after a brief illness. He was 72.

The eldest of three sons, he was born to Richard and Leonarda Niles in South Haven, Mich. He graduated from the University of Michigan, and served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1969 to 1973. He earned two purple hearts while serving in Vietnam.

Niles started his career in the glass and glazing industry as a project manager with PPG Industries in Virginia. In 1980, he was hired by Tom Benson Industries Inc. and relocated to Portland, Ore. Within five years, he became CEO and president. Under his leadership, Benson Industries transformed from a regional glazing contractor into one of the
world’s leading custom curtainwall providers.

In August of 2013 Benson Industries was acquired by MiTek, and in January 2015, after 35 years of leadership, Niles retired with many iconic buildings including the Freedom Tower, Salesforce Tower, Wilshire Grand and UN Secretariat re-clad, as his legacy.

He was a patron of the arts and believed in giving back to his Portland, Ore., community, becoming a Cornerstone Partner of United Way. He was an ardent supporter of Metropolitan Family Services. In retirement, Lou and his wife, Glori, split time between homes in Portland, Ore., and South Africa.

Niles is survived by his wife, Glori Niles; children Kevin Niles and Colleen Wallace, Jennifer and Eric White, Joe and Amanda Niles; grandchildren Sarah, Tyler, Joseph, Lucie, Chase, and Veda; mother Leonarda Niles; and brother Larry Niles. Donations may be made to Metropolitan Family Services, Portland, Ore., in his honor and memory.

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