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  • Officials from MiTek Industries announced that after 35 years of distinguished leadership of Benson Industries, Lou Niles will retire as CEO on Jan. 2, 2015.  Long-time Benson veteran Joseph Aholt, currently chief operating officer, will be promoted to CEO. MiTek acquired Benson in July 2013. Under Niles’ leadership, Benson grew from a small regional glass company with 12 employees in...
  • While the total U.S. construction industry added 16,000 jobs in September, the nonresidential construction segment added just 3,200 jobs during the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.  “Today’s release also confirms that nonresidential construction’s expansion continues to be a moderate one, with the industry adding...
  • Officials from Efco Corp., a Pella company, announced several promotions and new hires at the manufacturing level. Ben Seaton has been promoted to second shift production manager. In his new role, Seaton will be responsible for second shift assembly and support operations. Blake Hohensee has been promoted to first shift production manager and will be responsible for first shift final...
  • The Efficient Window Collaborative has successfully transitioned from being a Department of Energy-sponsored organization to a 501(c)3 organization. The group will continue to effectively partner and collaborate with government, research, and industry organizations to deliver tools and information in well-designed, innovative and unbiased way, according to an organization release. In the 25...
  • Glass Doctor of Seattle & Tacoma was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The award was announced in the September 2014 issue of Inc.com. As a recipient of this honor, Glass Doctor of Seattle & Tacoma will be honored at the 33rd Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony in Phoenix, October 15-17. They will also be added to...
  • Pleotint LLC announced the appointment of Chad Simkins as its new vice president. In his new position, Simkins will lead domestic sales and marketing efforts for the company’s Suntuitive glass products and technology.“This is an exciting day for our company,” said Harlan Byker, chief executive officer of Pleotint. “As we continue to grow and refine Suntuitive glass, Chad’s background in material...
  • Western Window Systems promotes Scott Gates to chief operating officer. Previously vice president and general manager of Western Window Systems, Gates has been with the company since 2010. He has contributed to Western Window Systems’ accelerated growth—the company was recently named one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing companies in the U.S.   In his new role, Gates continues to be...
  • Construction material and labor costs increased in recent months, and will likely continue their upward trajectory, according to two construction price indices, as reported in the Sept. 29 edition of Data DIGest from the Associated General Contractors of America.The Engineering and Construction Cost Index from the IHS Procurement Executives Group was 57.8 percent in September, up from 53 percent...
  • Sika Corp., Target Market Industry, announced the promotion of Carl Tompkins to national sales manager, flat glass, effective Jan. 2, 2015. Tompkins previously served as global AGR-strategic marketing manager, and Western region manager- aftermarket. In his new role, Tompkins will manage strategy, execution and growth targets of Sika Target Market Industry in the flat glass segment for the United...
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council awarded the Dariush Arasteh Memorial Member of the Year to Joseph Hayden, senior engineer, technical leader-products, for Pella Corp. Hayden has been involved with NFRC for 18 years, and during that time he has been active on every committee, subcommittee, and many task groups. He also served a term as the Chair of the NFRC Board of Directors.The field of...
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