Tubelite Opens Office in Rhode Island

As part of its planned market expansion and strategic growth, Tubelite Inc. will open a new client services office on Nov. 30, 2015, in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Staffing Tubelite’s new office are five, experienced personnel dedicated to serving the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems needs for clients in New England.

All five of Tubelite’s new client services team members previously worked with Oldcastle Building Envelope in Warwick, Rhode Island. They include Anita Bongiardo, Jim Ferrara and Elizabeth (Betsy) St. Onge and Melissa Torres-Hardy, estimators; and Mario Gaspar, order entry.

“This group collectively has over 100 years of industry experience, as well as established relationships with the glass and glazing community in New England,” said Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services. “We are very pleased to have such experienced, regionally focused team members servicing clients in New England from our office in Rhode Island, in the Southeast from our South Carolina office and in the South Central from our Texas office.”

Tubelite’s Rhode Island-based client services team will move from temporary offices to a permanent address on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Tubelite Names Daniel Politowicz as Logistics Manager

Tubelite_DanPolitowicz_webTubelite Inc. has hired Daniel Politowicz as logistic manager serving all of the company’s locations and personnel, including direct supervision of the company’s shipping assistants. Politowicz reports to Tubelite’s materials manager Carl Nippa in Walker, Michigan.

Nippa, Politowicz and their colleagues oversee the company’s supply chain, production, distribution and continuous improvement initiatives supporting Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

For more than 30 years, Politowicz has worked in logistics and distribution with experience in Kaizen methods and lean manufacturing. Most recently, he was the operations and procurement manager at Palogix Supply Chain Services, a third-party logistic company based in Michigan. While with Palogix, he negotiated carrier contracts for more than 90 carriers and 800 loads per week across U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico.

Prior to Palogix, Politowicz worked for 15 years at Coca-Cola Refreshments located in Paw Paw, Michigan. He started as a dispatcher and earned regular promotions, soon becoming senior transportation manager for the Great Lakes Region. Previously, he also served as a transportation manager for Menlo Worldwide Logistics. A global supply chain company, Menlo also is based in Paw Paw and operates in five continents and 20 countries.

Politowicz began his career with the U.S. Marine Corps as a logistic and embarkation specialist. His duties involved the planning, training and movement of troops and equipment for worldwide deployment by air land and sea. He served for eight years, participated in multiple deployments and achieved the rank of Staff Sargent.

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Tom Mifflin joins Tubelite as product manager

Tom Mifflin, Product ManagerTubelite Inc. named Tom Mifflin as its product manager supporting its storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems. He works closely with the company’s marketing, sales and engineering teams, and with clients to help anticipate and develop new products and services for the industry’s constantly evolving commercial building needs.

Mifflin joins Tubelite from Wausau Window and Wall Systems where he worked for 20 years in engineering, research and product development, and most recently as the regional architectural service manager helping design professionals select products to achieve building performance goals. He specializes in high-performance designs including net-zero energy, condensation resistance, blast hazard and hurricane mitigation, and building integrated photovoltaics. Prior to Wausau, Mifflin was a design engineer working on classified projects for the military.

Throughout his career, Mifflin has participated in industry associations and events including the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC), the Protective Glazing Council International (PGC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He also is a member of Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

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Tubelite Hires Tim Salach as Vice President of Finance

Tubelite_TimSalach_webTubelite Inc. has hired Tim Salach, CPA, as vice president of finance. He joins as part of Tubelite’s management team and assumes responsibilities for the company’s finance and accounting. Salach will replace Gary Potter, who retired in June following 26 years in this role at Tubelite.

“We are excited to have Tim join us to continue building upon our success in meeting the needs of Tubelite and our customers,” said Amy Cole, president of Tubelite.

Salach most recently worked as the chief financial officer (CFO) at Adam Nutrition, Inc. in California, where he was instrumental in the company’s positive, financial turn-around. Prior to this, he served as CFO at Brandimage-Desgrippes & LAGA in Cincinnati. While there, he participated as a critical member of its merger and acquisition team, which resulted in the company doubling in size.

Managing teams through times of growth and downturn for nearly 30 years, Salach’s previous positions include CFO and vice president of Rapp Collins Worldwide’s Chicago office, director of finance at Howard Publishing Group serving Indiana and the greater Chicago area, financial analyst with The Quaker Oats Company, and auditor with Price Waterhouse.

Salach earned his M.B.A. at the University of Chicago.  He also received a Bachelor of Science in business from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Tubelite Hosts 70th Anniversary Ribbon-Cutting Event

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Amy Cole, President of Tubelite Inc.

Tubelite Inc., a leading supplier of storefront and entrance systems, has been fabricating and distributing extruded aluminum products for the glass and glazing industry since 1945.

Tubelite, a Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce member, celebrated the company’s 70th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting event for employees and their families on Oct. 3, 2015.

Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan, and Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company (photo by Brian Tobias)

Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan, and Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company (photo by Brian Tobias)

Speakers at the event included:
* Jim Porter, CFO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite’s parent company
* Mayor Mark Huizenga of Walker, Michigan
* Amy Cole, President of Tubelite Inc.

“We are excited to reach this major milestone in our company history. We are thankful for our employees, our customers and our community for supporting us in this achievement,” said Cole. “We are proud that Tubelite’s dependable brand promise continues to give us direction as we serve our clients by consistently providing high-quality, storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems — on time, complete and undamaged.”

 

State Representative Rob VerHeulen, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga, Tubelite's Amy Cole and Steve Green (photo by Brian Tobias)

State Representative Rob VerHeulen, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga, Tubelite’s Amy Cole and Steve Green (photo by Brian Tobias)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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