Obituaries

Jill Renee Foxworth, Dependable Glass Works Inc.

Jill Renee Foxworth, age 58, of Covington, La., passed away September 12, 2021. Foxworth was a well-respected businesswoman both locally and throughout the southeast. After graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in 1985, she began working alongside her father, where the two of them grew Dependable Glass Works Inc. into one of the largest private manufacturing glass companies in the southern United States.

For many years, Foxworth was active in the downtown Covington business district and her success led to her being chosen to participate and contribute in business leader projects by the State of Louisiana. In 2013, she was included in USGlass magazine’s first feature recognizing women in the glass industry.

She traveled numerous times to Canada to fish, and to Africa where she climbed and successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009 and Mount Machu Picchu in Peru in 2012. Foxworth loved biking the Abita trail and was an active artist working with clay, creating one-of-a-kind pottery, designing and selling handmade leather purses.

She is survived by her long-time life partner Willford Watts, her father J.A. “Norman” Foxworth, her brother John A. Foxworth, Jr. and others.

Mendel Rosenberg, American Architectural Manufacturers Association

FGIA announced the passing of former American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) president, Mendel Rosenberg. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sandra, their children, Renee and Stuart, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was 92.

Rosenberg served as AAMA president from 1988 to 1989 and was the recipient of the AAMA Outstanding Member Award in 1984. At that time, he was the owner of Deslan Aluminum Products in St. Louis. Rosenberg was a German-born, Lithuanian-raised Holocaust survivor who detailed his experience in his memoir, “Thriver: My Journey Through Holocaust Nightmare to American Dream.” Rosenberg was dedicated to speaking to children at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, teaching his lived experience and history to future generations.

Despite extreme hardships in his early life, Rosenberg came to the United States and served in the military during the Korean War. “I very much wanted to serve the nation that had come to my rescue just six years before,” Rosenberg said.

According to 2019 reporting in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rosenberg had learned carpentry in Lithuania and practiced it in the camps. This led him to have the necessary skills to begin working with a window company called Benada Aluminum, which had a plant in St. Louis, before starting his own window company, Delsan Industries. In 1982, Rosenberg was recognized as Missouri’s Small Business Person of the Year and met President George H.W. Bush.

Thad M. Ziegler, the third generation of Thad Ziegler Glass in San Antonio, died September 14 surrounded by family. He was 93. Ziegler joined his father in the glass business in 1947 and retired 73 years later in 2020. He took ownership in 1968 after the passing of his father. The company was incorporated in 1969 as Thad Ziegler Glass Inc.

He was a dedicated cattle rancher in the Texas Hill Country for 53 years. One of his greatest joys was to drive around his ranch surveying and managing his cattle.

“Thad was extremely proud of Ziegler Glass being the oldest family-owned glass business in the USA,” said Jerry Anderson, retired president of Apogee, and a friend of Ziegler’s.

Thad M. Ziegler is survived by his daughter, Lori Conger; son Thad W. and wife, Lynn; grandchildren Thad C. and his wife, Anna; William F. and his wife, Valerie; Brent Conger and his wife, Hayley; Barbara Schenker and her husband, Max; Hunter Conger and his wife,Mary; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Kudos

Rowe Fenestration

Lindsey Parker of Rowe Fenestration was named an “Emerging Professional to Watch” by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

“When Lindsey joined the NAWIC Sacramento Chapter last year, our marketing was taken to another level. She is a professional marketer and publicist and has brought her skills to our Chapter with immediate results,” says Agata Krasniewska, president of NAWIC Sacramento.

Promotions

C.R. Laurence

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) announced Arty Feles as its new president. According to the announcement, Feles helped guide the company’s growth for the past 12 years in roles as CFO and, most recently, regional president of U.S. operations.

He succeeds Lloyd Talbert, who will provide continuity as change management lead on ongoing strategic initiatives.

FeneTech

Scott Kermode was promoted to the role of software development group manager for FeneTech’s office in Holly Springs, N.C.

Kermode joined FeneTech’s sister company RoviSys in 2010, and helped develop software solutions for various companies across multiple vertical markets.

In his new role, Kermode will be responsible for growing the company’s North Carolina software development presence.

Comings and Goings

Syracuse Glass

After more than 16 years, Daryl Bertollini is retiring from Syracuse Glass Company (SGC).

Succeeding Bertollini is Tom Resch. Resch started with SGC out of high school and worked through the shop floor over a 12-year stay. He then spent more than four years with BR Johnson as an operations and general manager before returning to SGC in 2020 to assume the role of process improvement manager within the operations group.

Appointments

dormakaba

Ron Biberdorf has joined dormakaba’s Access Solutions Americas segment as vice president, interior glass systems North America. He will lead these product lines in North and South America. Most recently, Biberdorf was director of envision systems at Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions.

Crown Electrokinetics

Smart glass technology company, Crown Electrokinetics Corp., has named Mindy Hamlin its new vice president of engineering.

Prior to joining Crown, Hamlin served as the director of technology, development, infrastructure and operations at HP Inc. While there, Hamlin oversaw Printhead Mems Fab production and development operations for inkjet print heads. Before that, she worked at Hewlett Packard and Optical Switch Corporation.

Mappi

Two new sales and marketing managers join the team at Mappi: Massimo
Grippo and Stefano Ambrosio. They will also work in business development.

“We have chosen to focus on talented, determined, capable and competent young people, in line with the desire for innovation that has always distinguished Mappi,” says Nancy Mammaro, CEO. “The entry of Massimo and Stefano is part of the process of continuous evolution that has always characterized Mappi and its products. Their tasks will not be limited to the improvement of commercial results but will extend to a greater coordination between the various departments, customers and business partners, always keeping in mind the company’s mission.”

Tubelite

Tom Klutho was appointed as a client development manager for Tubelite Inc. serving Louisiana and Mississippi.

Most recently, Klutho served as architectural sales representative at Wausau Window and Wall Systems. He previously worked as an architectural sales representative for both Kawneer and C.R. Laurence Company Inc., after serving as an architectural consultant at a Guardian Glass fabricator.

In addition to his professional experience, Klutho earned a bachelor’s degree in  communication and media studies from Missouri State University. He also earned a Construction Specification Institute Construction Documents Technology certification.

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