Client News: ROCKFON adds Kellie Knuff as architectural sales manager serving New York and New Jersey

Kellie_Knuff_225x271pxROCKFON® named Kellie Knuff as architectural sales manager serving the commercial design community in northern New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, New York. She works with district manager Phil Curran, who also supports distributors and contractors in the area. ROCKFON continues to expand its staff and products to provide customers with a comprehensive range of stone wool acoustic ceiling panels, specialty metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems.

Knuff brings nearly 10 years of experience working in the New York metropolitan market with architects, contractors, installers and building owners. “The innovative product attributes offered by ROCKFON’s ceiling panels, accompanied by the well-recognized and utilized suspension systems offered by Chicago Metallic, provides a turnkey solution for interior architects,” says Knuff. “I am excited to work with architects and designers to assist them in gaining a better understanding as to how the products offered can add unique value to their projects and their clients.”

Most recently, Knuff was a part of Trespa North America’s sales team working with architects and designers in New York City to understand the benefits and technical aspects of utilizing rainscreen applications in building envelopes. Previously, she worked at Goshow Architects as the business development manager in New York.

Before moving to Manhattan, Knuff studied at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, arts and sciences with a minor in business administration. She has continued her professional development throughout her career in such industry associations as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York chapter, the International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC) Next Generation events and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).

At ROCKFON, Knuff and her colleagues throughout North America also are members and participants in the AIA, the Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC), as well as members in the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) and the Ceiling and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA).


Client News: Tubelite hires two architectural representatives

Tubelite_DougDietrich1Doug Dietrich and Kevin Haynes join Tubelite Inc. as architectural accounts representatives. Both report to Tubelite’s marketing director Mary Olivier. They work closely with architectural teams and glazing contractors across the nation to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Based in Iowa, Doug Dietrich has more than 30 years experience in construction, architecture and business development. He most recently worked at Merchants Metals, Inc./Oldcastle Architectural, Inc. as the manager of technical sales and specifications. Prior to this, he served in architectural and business development roles at Architectural Systems, Inc.; Re-View historic window and door restoration; Major Industries, Inc.; The ReWall Company, LLC; and JELD-WEN Inc.

Dietrich earned a master’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University in Ames and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from The University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Tubelite_KevinHaynesA member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Kevin Haynes, CSI, is based in Florida and also brings nearly 30 years of experience in architectural promotion, technical sales and engineering within the glass and glazing industry. Since 2012, he worked at Coral Industries, Inc. as an architectural representative. Before this, he was the brand manager of ProTek® Systems for YKK AP America Inc., and the architectural products sales manager for Vitro America, LLC. He also has held several positions in sales, engineering and architectural sales with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, where he earned numerous awards with the Vistawall Group.

Haynes studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and at the Creative College of Design in Detroit.

In addition to Haynes involvement with CSI, both he and Dietrich seek opportunities to share Tubelite’s informational presentations and approved courses with members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as well as other members of the design and building envelope community.


Hamilton Wood Type acquires rare archive of circus posters, plates, type and correspondence from Enquirer Printing

Enquirer4_webHamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum has acquired Enquirer Printing’s collection of nearly 500 rare circus, fair and carnival posters, plus approximately 1,500 hand-carved printing plates; more than 5,000 pieces of large wood type; and related correspondence. The Anderson family of Cincinnati founded Enquirer Printing in 1895 and continuously has archived the extensive collection. As the company no longer provides letterpress printing, the family agreed to sell the collection to Hamilton. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

John and Robyn Horn, The West Foundation, Mark Simonson and other friends of the museum generously donated funding for this acquisition.

“It is exceptionally unusual to have such a complete collection of historic, beautifully printed, excellently preserved materials remain in the hands of a single, original owner for 120 years. The level of craftsmanship required to care these plates is extremely rare, as is their importance to an intact collection,” explains museum artistic director Bill Moran, who helped negotiate the terms of the sale.

Enquirer3_webEnquirer Printing’s co-owner and fourth-generation printer, Mike Anderson, adds, “We’re excited to see our family’s printing legacy preserved at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Our great-grandfather Harry Anderson would be proud to know our story will continue to be told.”

The acquisition from Enquirer Printing doubles the number already in the museum’s vast collection of 1.5 million pieces of wood and thousands of printing plates. “Every day as we accelerate into a screen-saturated society, items from our past that celebrate process will be as important as the product, and must be preserved. Hamilton is doing its part with the acquisition of the exquisite collection of type and unique woodblocks from Enquirer Printing in Cincinnati,” says Jim Sherraden, master printer at Nashville’s Hatch Show Print.

In 2006, Hamilton acquired the Globe Printing plate collection from Chicago-based Frank Zimmermann. The mostly mid-20th century type and 2,000 one-of-a-kind, hand-carved printing plates arrived at the museum on 32 pallets, which were carefully unpacked and catalogued. The first images from the collection were available for sale nearly three years following the acquisition in 2009.

“Once available, the Globe Printing collection had an immediate impact that drew diverse local and global audiences to the museum. It also led Target Corporation to enlist us in a licensing agreement to create the ‘Cool Never Fades’ clothing campaign in 2012,” notes Moran.

Enquirer1_webAnticipating a similar, positive response and widespread attraction to the Enquire Printing acquisition, Hamilton’s staff plans to share examples of the circus posters as soon as possible. Moran continues, “We intend to immediately begin printing with these plates and creating restrikes of these rare blocks. This job will be made significantly easier because the thousands of previously printed samples from Enquirer Printing’s archive provides us with an invaluable documentation of the printing process and the artistic considerations that went into advertising art of the early 20th century.”

Enquirer2_webPoster art themes range from monkeys and tigers on exhibit, to performance acts under the big top, to “Believe It or Not” world-famous oddities. Along with the collection of plates, type and posters, the museum also now will be responsible for approximately 600 pieces of incoming correspondence from Enquirer Printing customers dating back to the 1900s. Moran elaborates, “These letters provide a unique insight into the day-to-day operations of a commercial print shop, as well as the logistics related to traveling circuses and the costs of promoting these shows.”

Major circuses, including Ringling Brothers, Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers are represented in this correspondence. Hamilton has partnered with the Newberry Library in Chicago, which will house the correspondence in the John M. Wing Printing History Collection.

About Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to wood type preservation, study, production and printing. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.

Hamilton Wood Type began producing type in 1880 and within 20 years became the largest provider in the United States. Today, volunteers of the Two Rivers Historical Society preserve this legacy and host educational demonstrations, field trips, workshops and offer opportunities with this vast wood type collection.

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Client News: ROCKFON to build first North American manufacturing facility meeting the growing demand for its stone wool ceiling products


ROCKFON® LLC, a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL International A/S and affiliate to ROXUL® Inc., has confirmed plans to build its first North American acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing facility in the U.S. The facility will be located in Marshall County, Mississippi, approximately 31 miles (50 km) from Memphis, Tennessee.

The new ROCKFON facility represents an initial investment of approximately $40 million U.S. dollars (€36 million) by the ROCKWOOL Group. The Group has more than 11,000 employees in 35 countries and is listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange. ROCKWOOL International A/S made the announcement on the Copenhagen stock exchange on Nov. 19, 2015.

“This investment and new facility further demonstrates ROCKWOOL’s commitment to, and development of, the North American market,” said John Medio, ROCKFON’s president of the Americas. “The Mississippi facility will be ROCKFON’s fifth manufacturing facility in the world, extending global capacity and meeting the growing demand for ROCKFON’s stone wool acoustic ceiling products in North America.”

Construction on ROCKFON’s first U.S. manufacturing facility will begin in early 2016, with production expected to begin mid-2017. The site allows room for future expansion. ROCKFON is working closely with the State of Mississippi, Marshall County, and local authorities to ensure that this project is designed and constructed to meet or exceed building code and environmental standards. Once completed, the new ROCKFON facility is anticipated to span 130,000 square feet (12,000 square meters).

In North America, the ROCKWOOL Group operates under the name ROXUL. ROXUL has been in North America since 1988. ROCKFON’s new facility will be adjacent to ROXUL’s existing facility in Marshall County, Mississippi, which manufactures its full line of residential, commercial, industrial and roof board products.

ROCKFON has been operating in North America since Jan. 2013. With the acquisition of Chicago Metallic® in Oct. 2013, ROCKFON provides customers with a complete ceiling system. Its product offering combines ROCKFON stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels with Chicago Metallic suspension systems.

The new facility in Mississippi will manufacture ROCKFON stone wool acoustic ceiling products. ROCKFON will continue to manufacture its specialty metal ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic suspension systems in its Chicago and Baltimore facilities. Chicago Metallic suspension systems also are manufactured in Belgium, Malaysia and China. ROCKFON’s other stone wool manufacturing facilities are located in the Netherlands, Poland, France and Russia.

ROCKFON’s new manufacturing facility in Mississippi and its strategically positioned U.S. distribution centers will provide for comprehensive coverage and servicing of the North American market.


Client News: SIGCO, Inc. to represent Tubelite in New England

Tubelite is exhibiting at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) in Booth #434

Tubelite Inc.Print announces SIGCO, Inc. will serve as its sales representatives, effective Dec. 1, 2015. SIGCO’s team will work with glazing contractors in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts assisting with Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems.

SIGCO, founded in 1986, is an independently owned and operated, glass and architectural metal fabricator and distributor based in Westbrook, Maine. “We’re proud to be a long-time distributor of Tubelite’s products and excited to expand our work together. As New England’s largest glass and architectural metal fabricator, we know the benefit Tubelite’s dependable service and products, especially its thermal performance products, can bring to customers throughout New England,” said SIGCO’s president, Dave McElhinny.

Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services, agreed and added, “We will now utilize SIGCO’s field sales representatives to serve glazing contractor accounts that will buy on a direct basis from Tubelite. SIGCO’s presence and continued expansion and commitment in the New England market make this association a great fit.”
Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).


Client News: ROCKFON’s ceiling systems help office spaces reach new heights

ROCKFON_Office_NO-CentralAtrium-2082webOffice interiors across the globe benefit from the design, acoustics, indoor air quality, lighting and fire safety of ROCKFON® stone wool ceiling panels and complementary specialty metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems. Featuring workplace projects from across the world, ROCKFON shares Office Spaces: Ceiling Solutions to Help People Reach New Heights. The new 12-page publication is available free for download at

“The choices made in surfaces, color, size and profiles have a profound impact on people’s workdays and can make a positive impact on the mood of a space,” says Chris Marshall, ROCKFON’s vice president of marketing and business development in North America. “Along with our smooth white panels, we offer an expansive color palette.  Choose from a breadth of panels, sizes and patterns to better define areas and functions in a particular space, or create a unique look by spanning planks across entire corridors. With our variety of edge options, you can create a layout that lifts the whole performance of a room — and the people in it.”

He continues, “Trends in office building design feature more workers occupying increasingly less office space with no sound barriers between them. The days of private offices are for the most part a luxury of the past. Adaptive reuse of cavernous spaces, open collaboration layouts, large dining and recreation areas adjacent to work areas and the constant sound of office equipment are all contributing to increased noise levels and difficulty concentrating.”

ROCKFON_Office_Krifa_207939webTo inhibit office noise from traveling through an open space and disturbing people, a highly sound absorptive ceiling typically is required. Due to its open porous structure, stone wool is a high-performing, sound-absorptive material used to manufacture ROCKFON ceiling panels, baffles and islands and imbued with excellent noise reduction capabilities.

Marshall notes, “In rooms or areas where small to large groups of people gather to hear a presentation or videoconference with colleagues on another continent, efficient communication can only be accomplished with low reverberance, lack of echoes and high speech intelligibility. In other words, sound control with high-performing, sound-absorptive ceilings. ROCKFON ceiling solutions reach the highest class in sound absorption for optimum speech intelligibility.”

In addition to acoustic performance, ROCKFON ceiling systems also help improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in offices. Stone wool offers no nutritional value, making it naturally resistant to harmful bacteria and molds that cause skin infections, pneumonia and other airborne illnesses. ROCKFON’s extensive portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products.

ROCKFON_Office_Opera-2071web“The health benefits of improved IAQ and increased natural light in the workplace include higher productivity and fewer lost workdays, as well as a more positive morale,” adds Marshall. “Our white ceilings reflect up to 86 percent of available light, dispersing natural light more effectively. The better distribution of light means offices can lower their light loads and reduce cooling costs.”

Along with energy efficiency, ROCKFON stone wool ceiling products are made from basalt rock and contain up to 43 percent recycled material. Combined with the benefits of light reflectance, acoustic performance and mold-resistance, the products contribute to office projects’ sustainable goals including those seeking LEED® certification.

Helping further protect workers’ health and safety, stone wool withstands temperatures up to 2150ºF (1177ºC). It does not melt, burn or create significant smoke. These attributes help improve overall fire safety and limit building damage. Durable and low-maintenance, ROCKFON stone wool ceiling products supplied in North America are supported with a 30-year warranty.


Client News: Tubelite opens office in Rhode Island serving clients New England

Tubelite is exhibiting at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) in Booth #434

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.


Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).



Client News: 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.


Association News: AAMA to serve as inspection agency for Certified Alaska Tough certification program

CCHRC-Logo-Blue-webThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is partnering with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), an industry-based, nonprofit corporation in Fairbanks, Alaska, created to facilitate the development, use and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe. Effective immediately, AAMA will serve as an Inspection Agency (IA) for residential windows – the first addition to CCHRC’s Certified Alaska Tough® (CAT) program.

CCHRC created the CAT program to certify and promote high-performance building products for extremely cold climates. According to Colin Craven, a building science researcher at CCHRC, the program is not intended to duplicate or compete with existing certification programs; instead, its goal is to build upon these programs by highlighting the most high-performing “Alaska Tough” products on the market.

Certified-Alaska-Tough-logo-webBy becoming an IA for the CAT program, AAMA will help CCHRC promote the use of high quality residential windows, while simultaneously giving AAMA certification program licensees the opportunity to showcase their most highly performing products intended for extreme northern climates.

Program Requirements

To participate in the Certified Alaska Tough program, products must meet the following requirements:
* Be listed in the Certified Products Directories of AAMA and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)
* Have a U-factor of 0.20 or less
* Obtain a Performance Grade of PG 45 or higher, per North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) -08 or -11
* Achieve an air infiltration rate of ≤0.1 cubic foot per minute (cfm) per square foot for operable products and ≤0.04 cfm per square foot for fixed windows

Details for Licensees

Products meeting these requirements are eligible for certification. Licensees in the program can use the CAT mark and will be listed on the Certified Alaska Tough program website.

For those licensees participating in the program, AAMA will perform one inspection per year in conjunction with a regularly scheduled AAMA certification program inspection to verify that the products listed as Certified Alaska Tough are being built as they were tested and that the label is being applied only to authorized products.

“CAT certification criteria may interest customers anywhere, not just in the Alaska market; Canada and northern regions of the U.S. also can benefit from these highly qualified products,” says Jason Seals, AAMA Certification Manager.

For more information on how to participate, contact the CCHRC directly, at 907-457-3454 or via email at, or visit the AAMA website’s section about the program.


Client News: Tubelite adds Dok Stevens-Dehring as EHS manager

Tubelite_DStevens-DehringTubelite Inc. named Dok Stevens-Dehring as its environmental health and safety (EHS) manager for the company’s Michigan and Texas facilities. Reporting to operations director Steve Jaskolski, she is responsible for ensuring occupational safety and environmental compliance, preventing and reducing opportunities for injuries, and leading lean and ergonomic improvement initiatives.

With more than 20 years of EHS experience, Stevens-Dehring initially joined Tubelite as its safety coordinator and was promoted quickly to a management position. Before joining Tubelite, she worked in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as the EHS manager at Cargill, Inc.’s Corn Milling Division. The largest privately held U.S. corporation, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world.

Prior to this, Stevens-Dehring worked in various EHS management roles at Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer; ConAgra Foods, Inc.’s facilities for Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn and Louis Kemp Seafood, Viking Fire Protection Inc., as well as at Knoll, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of branded furniture, textiles and fine leathers. Previously located in Michigan, she held environmental and management positions with White Lake Lando, Inc.; Philip Environmental and Wonder Makers Environmental Services, Inc.

Concurrent to her career, Stevens-Dehring volunteered as a member of local emergency planning committees in Wisconsin and Iowa, and as a Muskegon County Hazmat Team member in Michigan. She authored the books, Haven: A Treatise on Asylum Lake and A Concept Plan to Recycle Abandoned, Contaminated Properties in Kalamazoo, MI, while Concurrently Providing Experience to WMU Students. She has published multiple professional articles. She served on the federal committee that established permissible exposure limits for extremely low frequency EMF emissions from Dopplar radar units at airport facilities.

Stevens-Dehring graduated from Western Michigan University (WMU) with a master’s degree in environmental hydrogeology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, English and biology. Keeping her credentials current, she is educated and certified in TapRooT® incident investigation and root cause analysis, OSHA general industry rules, incident commander training, ergonomics, chemical security awareness, airborne fiber counting NIOSH 582, and microsopical identification of asbestos. She also is a SafeStart-certified trainer, a NIOSH-approved spirometry technician, formerly a Certified Worker’s Compensation Professional (CWCP) and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).