01.25.10 Client News

Tubelite adds Steve Wilkening as engineering manager

Tubelite Inc. has hired Steve Wilkening as an engineering manager helping to expand the company’s architectural aluminum products nationwide. As part of Tubelite‘s leadership team, Wilkening reports to company president Ken Werbowy and manages the engineering and product development staff.

Steve Wilkening

Steve Wilkening

Working closely with his colleagues and clients, Wilkening says that he “looks forward to assisting with the product development process so Tubelite can bring new products to the market at a faster pace, meeting customers’ needs and the company’s strategic goals.”

In particular, he sees “great opportunity for Tubelite’s Ecoluminum™ recycled material content and thermal performance systems, given the industry’s overall movement toward green and energy-efficient buildings.” Along with thermal performance, Wilkening will aid Tubelite in its product development and verification of hurricane-resistant and blast-mitigating systems.

Wilkening draws from a 25-year career in engineering fenestration, entrances and related building products. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of engineering for Caldwell Manufacturing Company in Rochester, N.Y. During his time with this supplier of window counter balance hardware, he supported residential and commercial window manufacturers. These have included Tubelite’s sibling: Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Prior to joining Caldwell, Wilkening served as director of engineering and product development for Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. in Medford, Wis.; SNE Enterprises Inc. of Mosinee, Wis.; and Peachtree Windows and Doors in Atlanta. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years at residential building products manufacturer ODL, Inc. of Zeeland, Mich.

Wilkening returns to West Michigan where he began his successful career. He grew up in Grand Rapids and earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from nearby Valparaiso University in Indiana. He also earned a master’s in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and gained his registration as a professional engineer in the State of Michigan. Today, he pursues professional development as a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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