DeBoer Joins Azon’s Service Team
Azon USA Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich., appointed Dave DeBoer as its new
field service representative in the sales and marketing department. DeBoer
will provide expanded service to Azon’s customers while installing,
maintaining and servicing a full range of Azon products. He has nearly 20
years experience with polyurethane metering and dispensing equipment and
is experienced in a variety of technical services.
Edgetech Announces Staff Changes
Edgetech IG Inc. in Cambridge, Ohio, recently announced the addition and
promotion of several employees.
David Hill joined as a technical service representative. George
White was promoted from his previous position as a Super Spacer TriSeal™
operator and safety committee member to engineering technician.
Chris DuBeck has been promoted to production schedule/slitting
Rob Miller has been promoted to new product manager for the
company’s Form8tor vinyl bending system and EZ RAD muntin placement
Shawn Hannux joined as the regional sales manager for the
Northeast United States, which includes the New England states as well as
New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Tony Palandrani has been added as regional sales manager
AFG Fabrication Makes Organizational Changes
Atlanta-based AFG Glass announced several management changes within the
company’s fabrication division.
Sam Bray, operations manager for AFG’s Reidsville, N.C.,
fabrication plant, retired March 31, 2007. Greg Frazier will
replace Bray as the operations manager in Reidsville. Frazier previously
served as operations manager at the company’s Albuquerque, N.M.,
fabrication plant as well as fabrication regional sales manager for the
Western region. AFG also promoted Tony Torres to operations manager at the
Albuquerque facility. Torres has been with AFG eight years in various
roles including fabrication outside sales representative.
Basco Names DeBruer Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Basco Shower Enclosures in Mason, Ohio, selected Jason DeBruer as
Eastern regional sales manager. DeBruer will serve as liaison between
Basco and its manufacturer representatives in Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Virginia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina and Florida.
DeBruer joined Basco in 1998 as a customer service specialist and then
served as a technical specialist from 1999 to 2004. Most recently he
served as the company’s training specialist.
Moore Becomes Associate at HAI
Heitmann & Associates Inc. (HAI) in Chesterfield, Mo., promoted Jeffrey
Moore, P.E., from project manager to associate. Moore’s
responsibilities include managing specific projects and incorporating
design consultation and development, engineering and structural analysis
into projects. He is also involved in specification writing,
laboratory and field testing, submittal preparation and evaluation. Other
responsibilities include the inspection of new construction, analysis of
existing buildings and development of remedial programs for curtainwall,
windows, skylights and exterior wall cladding on buildings throughout the
Moore has held various positions with HAI since joining the firm in
1987. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in civil
engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered professional engineer
in Missouri, Virginia and New Jersey.
Wagner Hires Murray for Industrial Sales
The Wagner Co. in Milwaukee, selected Don Murray as industrial
sales engineer. Murray will be responsible for developing new industrial
applications from existing customers and obtaining new customers and
product lines for the company.
Glaston Appoints New Managing Director For Bavelloni
Paolo Ceni has been appointed managing director of Bavelloni, a
part of the Kyro Group, as of June 2007. Ceni, who has an engineering
background, joins the Kyro Group from the Italian company CMS, where he
has held a general manager position since 2001. Before this, he worked for
ten years in consultancy with the management consulting company Galgano
Group. Ceni replaces Kaj Appelberg who was Glaston’s head of
global sales and former acting manager director of Bavelloni.
“Paolo Ceni has excellent basis for developing Bavelloni’s business
and profitability as well as finalizing the ongoing efficiency program,”
says Mika Seitovirta, president and chief executive officer of Kyro.
“Streamlining production and processes is also an important issue for
Glaston, and Ceni has solid experience in this, too.”
Ventre Added to Vitro’s Team
Jim Ventre of Vitro America has added Vitro Flat Glass products to
his list of sales responsibilities. Ventre is also national sales manager
for Binswanger Mirror and ACI’s MPact Safe Glass east of the Rocky
Ventre, who began his career in 1983 at Floral Glass in Cheshire,
Conn., succeeds the retiring Jim Charles in the position of flat
glass sales representative.
Ziegler to Lead Crystal Window Subsidiary
Thomas Ziegler has been selected general manager of Crystal
Extrusion Systems (CES) in Flushing, N.Y., a subsidiary of Crystal Windows
& Door Systems. Ziegler is responsible for sales and operations at CES’
126,000-square-foot production facility in Union, Mo. He will apply his 20
years of industry expertise to expand CES’ aluminum extrusion
capabilities, customer base and products. Ziegler was most recently
operations manager for Alcoa’s extrusion manufacturing facility in
NFRC Announces Staffing Changes
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) announced two staffing
changes. Jessica Ferris will oversee the component modeling
approach (CMA) program as program manager. She will be responsible for all
of the subcommittees and task groups in relation to the development of the
program, and will play a key role in the development of the CMA
certification document. Ferris previously served as the certification
program manager for NFRC. Jacqueline McCracken, who joined NFRC’s
team in June 2006, has been promoted to certification program manager. She
will be responsible for all matters related to the certification program,
including support of manufacturers using the product certification
database and handling of all independent agency concerns and matters
related to NFRC’s certification agency program.
Bunch Receives Friends of Adam Smith Award
The Friends of Adam Smith, a not-for-profit organization founded on the
economic theories and writings of Scottish philosopher and educator Adam
Smith, has awarded PPG Industries chairman and chief executive officer Charles
Bunch its 2007 Business Citizen medal honoring the spirit of free
enterprise. The award was presented to Bunch on May 1 at the annual
Friends of Adam Smith awards dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in
A Minute With...
Roger Skluzacek, Viracon
Before making his way into the glass industry, Roger Skluzacek,
technical service manager for Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., served as an Air
Force pilot. The skills he gleaned while serving as a pilot and Air Force
officer contributed to the successful civilian career that followed. This
month not only does he celebrate 24 years with Viracon, but he has also
been named the new president of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers
Alliance (IGMA), a position he will hold for the next two years. Skluzacek
recently talked to USGlass about his new role with IGMA and his work with
the glass industry.
Q: How do you feel about being selected IGMA president?
A: I think it’s an honor to be considered for this kind of position, so
I’m looking forward to it for the next couple of years.
Q: How do you plan to fulfill your role as president?
A: I think primarily our focus will continue to be on the research that we
do on the longevity [of glass] and insulating glass units, on argon gas
losses and on quality specifications for insulating glass, specifically.
While there have been specifications for different types of glass,
monolithic and laminated glass, there never has been one for insulating
Q: Do you think IGMA is representing companies, like yours, in
the best way possible?
A: Yes. I think it is. It was time for the United States and Canada [to
join], because we do so much both ways that it was something that needed
to be done. I think that one of the things that separates IGMA from other
organizations, is that in addition to the educational things that
organizations do, we are also involved in the certification of insulating
glass units. We’ve continued to establish a standard certification
requirement for both the United States and Canada, which will be
beneficial to companies in both countries. Our hope is to take that
further internationally … so that it would be easier for manufacturers
to be able to fabricate products that could be used in multiple countries.
Q: What led you to the glass industry?
A: My background is actually agricultural engineering. I worked for farm
and industrial equipment manufacturers. In fact when I started at Viracon,
I worked in engineering. Then I had the opportunity to enter the sales
area, and that was somewhat reluctantly, I’d have to admit, because I
watched my mentors stay so busy. But I would say this is very interesting
work and I haven’t regretted the move at all.
Q: You spent some time in the Air Force. Did that experience
prepare you for your professional career?
A: Some of those experiences [in the military] make some of the decisions
you’re making here relatively easy. I think the management skills I
learned as an officer came with me.
Q: What did you do in the Air Force?
A: I was a pilot. I flew the KC-130 tanker, as my last assignment, in the
Strategic Air Command. I was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in
Indiana. Even though Viracon is an international company, I actually did
more traveling with the Air Force. I got to see quite a bit of the world.
I had some great opportunities to spend time in other countries. And
ironically I do very little of that now … but that’s OK with me,
because I do enough travel as it is.
Q: What types of developments or changes in the glass industry
have impressed you?
A: I think the continued use of green buildings, the increased use of the
low-emissivity coatings and the use of hurricane-type products [is
impressive]. At about the time that I got into technical service, everyone
thought just straight laminated glass would meet those [hurricane]
requirements, but they didn’t. The combination and complexity of all of
these products interests me.
Q: What is it that you enjoy about working in the glass industry?
A: I think it’s having the chance to meet your competitors and suppliers
and other people in the industry. And it is certainly challenging … and
always it’s interesting. I come to work everyday with an agenda and
about half and hour into the day I’m heading in some other direction.
One of the things about those of us in the glass industry is that you go
out in these cities and you look at the various structures that have our
glass around it … and that’s always a matter of pride to see that.
Q: Do you have any advice for young professionals entering the
A: Apply your enthusiasm. There are a lot of opportunities and you can
almost take on anything you want. Choose mentors that you can follow.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have those, both as an engineer, and now
in the sales area. So pick up on the things that have worked for other
people. But try other things, too. Today the big buzzwords are “work
outside the box” and “color outside the lines,” so take risks
because you never know what will work.
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