Homrighaus Named Jeld-Wen COO

July 9, 2008
Jeld-Wen Inc.’s board of directors has promoted window division president Barry Homrighaus to chief operating officer. A 35-year veteran within the company’s window operations, he is cited as an example of the manufacturer’s track record for recognizing talent, investing in employees and promoting from within.

"I have tremendous respect for Barry because of his experience, dedication and character," says Rod Wendt, CEO and president Wendt. "It's not enough to have operational excellence today. One of Barry's talents is seeing where we need to be in five or ten years, and inspiring a team with the vision to get there successfully."

After initially being hired as a temporary production employee at a window plant in Iowa, Homrighaus graduated from Grinnell College and entered the company's management trainee program. He worked in five of the company's window plants from Pennsylvania to Oregon, and has been involved in product design and production improvement efforts. Homrighaus is said to be known by employees and colleagues as an insightful mentor because he draws from both his operational expertise and creative, artistic nature. "Barry's approach to leadership is a unique blend of science and art," says Tom Takach, a vice president who has worked under Homrighaus' direction for 16 years. "He is a logical and systematic decision maker, but a true artist when it comes to motivating his team and casting vision."

Jeld-Wen’s former COO, Bob Turner, continues in his vice chairman role on the company's board of directors.