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PPG promotes McDonald to VP fiber glass

BY HBSDEALER Staff

PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

“Kevin’s deep knowledge of PPG’s fiber glass business will serve the company well as he takes on this important role,” Sekmakas said. “In addition, we thank Tom for his contributions to PPG during his 35-year career. We congratulate him on his many accomplishments and successes and wish him and his family all the best.”

McDonald has been with the company since 1980 and held various roles in sales and marketing.

In his new role, he will report to EVP Viktor Sekmakas out of his current station at the company’s Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa.

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Lynn Wilson is Rayonier’s new EVP

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Raynoier’s board of directors has promoted Lynn Wilson to the post of EVP forest resources.

Wilson, who has over 20 years of experience in the forestry industry, currently oversees 2.6 million acres of timberland in nine U.S. states and New Zealand, as well as the administration of the company’s Land Information Services and timberland acquisition team.

Prior to her role at Rayonier, she served as VP operations support at Plum Creek, where she had held several roles of increasing responsibility.

"Since joining Rayonier, Lynn has led the successful integration of multiple acquisitions, assumed responsibility for our international forestry operations and driven our Forest Resources business to greater levels of operating efficiency," said Paul Boynton, chairman, president and CEO. "This new title appropriately reflects Lynn’s recently broadened global leadership role and her sustained success in leading our forestry operations."

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UFPI agrees to purchase National Fiber

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A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products Inc. has agreed to purchase the assets of National Fiber, a Massachusetts-based producer of cellulose insulation.

With a strong presence in the Northeastern U.S., National Fiber distributes its Cel-Pak and Nu-Wool insulation, as well as installation machines, to professional cellulose installers in the region.

“This is a strong complement to our housing and construction business, which continues to improve in the Northeast,” said UFPI CEO Matthew J. Missad. “National Fiber has built a solid business and an excellent reputation as a leader in the cellulose insulation industry, using predominantly recycled materials. We’re delighted to add the company and its people to the Universal family of companies and look forward to growing success together for many years to come.”

National Fiber has reported expected sales of $12.5 million for 2014. The transaction is slated to close by Jan. 31.

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