Quanex Announces Management Changes

April 7, 2011

Following up its recent acquisition of Edgetech I.G., Quanex Building Products Corp. has made a number of key management changes.

August (Gus) J. Coppola has assumed the role of senior vice president of corporate development, responsible for managing the company’s acquisition process, and its solar adhesives and aftermarket businesses. Previously senior vice president of Quanex Building Products, he was responsible for launching Project Nexus, an initiative designed to bring together the sales and marketing teams of the Engineered Products Group's three disparate fenestration businesses: Mikron, Truseal and Homeshield. Prior to that, Coppola was president of Truseal, which manufactures warm-edge insulating glass spacer systems.

“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," says David Petratis, Quanex chairman and CEO. "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 assumes the role of senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company's Engineered Products Group. Serving as president of Edgetech for the past 11 years, he is now responsible for his group's national and regional sales initiatives, as well as overseeing Edgetech’s international operations and global sales.

George L. Wilson has been named Edgetech general manager and is responsible for the warm-edge spacer manufacturer's U.S. operations. He has been with Lauren International, Edgetech's former parent company, for two years and prior to joining Lauren, he spent 15 years with Federal Mogul, a global manufacturer of automotive and power generation products.

"I am very pleased to have the caliber of talent found in Mike and George join us," Petratis states. "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.”