Industry Vet Win Parnall of Crystal Glass/Extractor to Retire
December 16, 2010

Win Parnall (right) talks with customers during a recent NACE Expo.

Extractor operations manager Win Parnall began his long career in the auto glass industry in 1964, with parent company Crystal Glass. Now, with more than 45 years' experience, he'll retire from the Edmonton, Alberta-based company on February 25, 2011.

Parnall has had a range of industry experience over the years. After getting his start with Crystal, he went on to launch his own company-Prestige Aluminum Products, which manufactured sliding windows for pickup trucks and RVs. In 1995, he sold that company to Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), and, after working for CRL for six years, he returned to Crystal in 2001.

Meanwhile, Crystal had launched its Extractor business-a tool division-in 1998, so in 2005 Parnall took over management of that part of business, along with Crystal's distribution arm.

"It's been a great five or six years," says Parnall.

As he nears the February 25 date he's set for retirement, Parnall reflected on a few items he'll miss about the industry.

"[I'll miss] the daily and weekly contact talking with everyone about everything-problems, how you get over things, accomplish things, just the relationships that you develop over the years," says Parnall. "Extractor has probably given me a bigger scope over the industry because the biggest portion of our industry is in the United States.

And, of course, with this kind of job you meet a lot of great people at trade shows."

Those relationships extend beyond the glass industry, Parnall says.

"It's been really nice getting to know people not just in the glass business, but our tool sells to the flooring and marine industries as well," he says. "[I've gotten] to see all kinds of different people."

Parnall and his wife, Carol, plan to take a month-long vacation to Palm Springs, Calif., in March.

"My family-my daughters and grandchildren-live in Ontario in London and Lancaster and our plans are to retire back there," says Parnall. "So 2011 will be a year of traveling with our RV and then settling in the London area."

Parnall currently is training his replacement, Don Rietze, who will take over as operations manager on February 25. Parnall can be reached at

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