on One with Jack Deyo from Mid-Ohio Tempering
After nearly 30 years in the glass industry, Jack Deyo, president
of Mid-Ohio Tempering, a United Glass Corp. company based in Columbus,
Ohio, has announced his retirement this year. Deyo talked with USGNN.com
today and shared some of his industry perspectives.
USGNN: What got you started in the glass industry?
J.D.: In 1979 I was working for Worthington Industries. They acquired
ACT in Nashville, Tenn., which was a manufacturer of high-performance
coatings, and they asked me to start up that plant. I was involved
with that from the ground floor, and taking that technology through
In 1984 I started my own company and was a manufacturers' rep for
architectural glass products for Saint Gobain. I founded Mid-Ohio
Tempering in 1989.
USGNN: What projects have you worked on that have been most rewarding?
J.D.: Over the past 28 years I have been involved with thousands
of projects, and a great number from design, development and delivery.
I've enjoyed participating in the unique and different areas, though
they've all been fantastic. I've enjoyed working on the two-story
project here in Columbus as much as the 40-story in Honolulu.
USGNN: What do you feel has helped you to be successul in these
The other part to that is our people. [My] leadership style is
you have to have a successor strategy and we have great people who
are in solid positions to take this company to the next level. The
people are the backbone of the company and everyone here is more
than capable to take the company to the next level. So I would say
the people side has also been most fulfilling.
USGNN: What have been your career highlights?
J.D.: Watching and being involved in the architectural process,
from design, development and delivery. Equally fulfilling is the
fact that we started this company from scratch and all of the people
and their families we have here.
USGNN: What made now the time for retirement for you?
J.D.: A few years ago I made a promise that on or around my 60th
birthday [just a few weeks ago] I would consider retiring or slowing
down. I have two new grandchildren now within the past year, I've
been working since I was 12 and I just felt that personally it was
time for me to make a change. There's just been a number of things
to happen in the past two or three years that made me say 60 would
be the magic number. So it's time to move on to other non-glass
USGNN: What are those plans?
J.D.: I really have no plans. I told UGC I would work until the
end of the year. After that, I'm going to slow down and reflect.
I'll spend time with my wife and grandkids and just do nothing for
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