Industry Vet Win Parnall of Crystal Glass/Extractor
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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