Longtime PPG Auto Glass Exec Frank Archinaco
February 18, 2011
Archinaco, who spent many years with PPG Industries' auto glass
business (now Pittsburgh Glass Works), passed away on Thursday,
February 17, at his home in Sewickley, Pa. He was 67.
Archinaco joined PPG's glass contract and supply department in
1965 as a management trainee in Newark, N.J. He subsequently held
a series of management posts in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Puerto
Rico and Illinois. He became director of marketing and development
for PPG's automotive and aircraft glass business in 1979, general
manager of auto replacement glass products in 1981, and general
manager of European glass operations in 1984.
Archinaco returned to the United States as vice president of automotive
original equipment glass products in 1986. Five years later, he
was named vice president of automotive and aircraft glass. He was
made vice president, glass, in 1994, and a year later was promoted
to senior vice president, glass. In 1997, Archinaco was elected
corporate executive vice president for glass and chemicals, prior
to his retirement on July 1, 2002.
In February 2008, Archinaco rejoined PPG as president and CEO of
PPG's automotive glass and services business, a position he held
until PPG divested the business to Kohlberg and Co. in September
Archinaco was born in Elizabeth, N.J. He graduated from Villanova
University in 1965 with honors. He subsequently earned a master's
of business administration (MBA) degree at Seton Hall University
and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
During his time with PPG, Archinaco was responsible not only for
playing a key role in the development of the U.S. manufacturing
market, but also in the development of LYNX Services.
"PPG has lost one of its most beloved leaders," says
Chuck Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO. "Throughout his career,
Frank was held in extremely high regard by customers and employees
alike for his judgment, integrity, wisdom, and straight-forward
management style. He was also an extraordinary communicator with
a great wit and sense of humor. On a personal level, Frank was a
good friend and mentor to me, and I will miss him greatly."
Archinaco is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons, Jason (and
his wife, Paula), and Christopher (and his wife, Margaret); a brother,
James, and his wife, Susanne; a brother, Paul, and his wife, Debbie;
a sister, Nancy; several cousins; three stepdaughters, Kristen,
Laurette and Karen; and three grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew and
HERE for full obituary.)
Archinaco had been diagnosed with terminal, inoperable pancreatic
cancer in October 2010.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday,
February 19, and Sunday, February 20, at the William Slater II Funeral
Service, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, Pittsburgh, Pa. Services
and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be
made to The
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
HERE to read an interview with Archinaco from the March/April
2002 issue of AGRR magazine. (Scroll down to sixth story.)
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