James (Jim) Dunstan, founder of Azon based in Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away on Dec. 29, 2022, at the age of 95.

James (Jim) Dunstan, founder of Azon based in Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away on Dec. 29, 2022, at the age of 95. In 1977, Dunstan founded the company with his wife, Ruth, who passed away in 2019.

The Dunstans grew Azon into an international company with several facilities around the globe, including China, Korea and Wales.

Jim’s passion for Azon and the industry it serves is well known. He was involved in the aluminum industry even before founding Azon. Azon serves in the membership of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Aluminum Extruders Council and its various committees. Jim also served as a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers. He responded fervently whenever the aluminum extrusion industry came under attack.

“Softly, we said goodbye to our strong, smart and loving dad and grandpa,” wrote Nancy Peterson, daughter of Jim and Azon’s former director of market communications. “While it is sad he is gone, we know he is at peace leaving behind a wonderful legacy.”

Jim was inducted into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ in 2002 and earned many other industry awards and accolades throughout his career.

*This story has been updated since it was first published.