Pilkington Architectural Glass North America has announced that two of its regional sales and marketing managers, Rex Tracht and Paul Baskwell, are retiring from the company. Both have been with the company for 42 years.

Baskwell, who covers the Southeastern states, will retire at the end of this month. Tracht, who covers the Mid-Atlantic States and Quebec, first joined the company in 1968 and then left for a period before rejoining in 1975.

Laura Mecklenborg, who joined the company this month, will now cover a territory stretching from Northern Virginia north through New York City and Long Island. She previously was with Hess Oil in Philadelphia and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Larry Clay Lanier Jr., who has been with the company for two years, will now cover the Carolinas and Southern Virginia, and will also serve as regional sales manager over the Southern sales territory.

Key account manager Ken Schraufnagle will now cover the Quebec market in addition to his existing responsibilities of selling float glass into the automotive markets from the company’s Rossford, Ohio, facility.

Regional sales manager Tom O’Day has been appointed to the newly created position of key account manager in addition to his regional sales role covering the Northeast sales territory. His focus in this new role will be to oversee Pilkington’s total value package offered to the company’s large North American customers.

Laura Mecklenborg
Laura Mecklenborg
Larry Clay Lanier
Larry Clay Lanier
Tom O'Day
Tom O’Day
Ken Schraufnagle
Ken Schraufnagle


  1. Paul Baskwell will be greatly missed by all of us at Trulite Grenada (formally Binswanger Mirror). Paul was always the gentleman and a good & trusted friend. There were issues but he always handled them with the upmost professionalism. We wish Paul a long, healthy and happy retirement!

  2. Two great guys Rex and Paul. We had many adventures together. They deserve the best. Bill Stone Louisville Plate Glass

  3. Congratulations to both of you, Paul & Rex. You guys have devoted your business life to Uncle Libbey and now it’s time to enjoy your new lives. Your next journey will be a great one. Marti & I wish you many many happy years ahead.

  4. I had the pleasure to work with both Rex and Paul. Both are terrific gentlemen and the industry will miss their professionalism. Enjoy your time off, it’s well deserved.

  5. True industry professionals! Having a common beginning in the glass industry I’ve known and worked with both of individuals. It’s sad to see them go after such a long and successful career.

    Douglas Sampsel
    Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions. Atlanta, Ga.

  6. Paul is an Icon that “says” Pilkington! He will be missed. We all wish he the very best in his retirement – Trulite Atlanta (Formerly TGI )

  7. Paul was not only a supplier but also a great friend
    i have trying to get him to write a book of his years in the glass business
    he has knowledge of the industry from the carolina shores to the pacifice ocean and all the people in between
    Arch Aluminum Atlanta
    Congratulations Paul you have earned it

  8. congrats!!! to paul baskwell he has earned a good retirement
    he was a supplier to me at arch aluminum in atlanta
    and also a good friend
    i have asked him to write a book of his 44 years in the glass business
    hope he does so

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