Quanex announces key management changes at its Engineered Products Group

Glass Magazine
April 7, 2011
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

Officials at Quanex Building Products Corp., Houston, announced several key management changes at its Engineered Products Group, effective today, according to an April 7 release. These changes are the result of Quanex’s acquisition of Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, on April 1.

August (Gus) J. Coppola will assume the role of senior vice president, Corporate Development, reporting to David D. Petratis, chairman and chief executive officer of Quanex Building Products. He will be responsible for managing the company’s acquisition process, its solar adhesives and aftermarket businesses. Coppola was formerly senior vice president of Quanex Building Products, responsible for launching Project Nexus, a company initiative that successfully brought together the sales and marketing teams of EPG’s three disparate fenestration businesses: Mikron, Truseal and Homeshield. Prior to that, he was president of Truseal.

“I owe Gus a large debt of gratitude and heartfelt thanks for successfully driving Project Nexus, an integral set of new strategic growth initiatives for Quanex," Petratis said in the release. "Gus took charge of Nexus with a passion and our ability to outperform the end market speaks to its ongoing success. As we look to profitably grow our sales through fenestration related acquisitions, Gus will play an essential role in helping us secure that next winning acquisition and help us to identify new technologies."

Michael B. Hovan will assume the role of senior vice president, Sales and Marketing EPG, responsible for EPG’s national and regional sales initiatives as well as overseeing Edgetech’s international operations and global sales. Hovan, formerly the president of Edgetech from 2000 - 2011, spent 17 years at Edgetech’s parent company, Lauren International, a leading manufacturer of polymer-based custom profiles for a diversified base of industrial OEMs. He played an essential role in the Quanex acquisition of Edgetech and will report to Petratis.

George L. Wilson will assume the role of general manager, Edgetech. He will report to Petratis and is responsible for Edgetech’s U.S. operations. He was with Lauren International for two years, in senior positions in human resources and operations. Prior to joining Lauren, he spent 15 years with Federal Mogul, a global manufacturer of automotive and power generation products. His last position at Federal Mogul was as general manager, Lighting Products, where he was accountable for all P&L responsibilities of this international division.

"I am very pleased to have the caliber of talent found in Mike and George join us," Petratis said, in the release. "They were instrumental in our acquisition of Edgetech and I look forward to their contributions in key leadership roles at Quanex. Having worked closely with each of them during the acquisition, I can speak confidently about the skills, experience and team-based culture they bring. As these three leaders assume their new roles, we will focus on profitable growth and developing synergies within EPG.”