After 44 years, Gary Smay Enters (Semi) Retirement from American Glass Research

After a long and prestigious career at American Glass Research, Gary Smay has announced his retirement from full time duties.

Gary started at American Glass Research in 1970 after completing his studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is recognized throughout the industry as a leader in the areas of surface protection of glass containers and glass coatings. He also is established as a world class seminar instructor in the subject areas of Coatings, Cord and Annealing Stresses and Fracture Diagnosis.

Gary started as a Research Chemist in the Butler office and has risen to the top level of his division as Manager of Consulting Services. His leadership led to the continuous growth of the division in the areas of Consulting, Training and Testing.

Over Gary’s impressive career he has:

-          Lead 250 Training Seminars in 35 different countries

-          Taught over 4,000 students

-          Been Awarded 2 United States Patents

-          Published 18 technical papers

Gary will continue to provide training to the industry as a lecturer in the AGR Glass Technology Seminars and is scheduled to lead seven different seminars during the remainder of 2014, including three seminars to be held in Munich, Germany.  He will continue on as a mentor to the next generation of seminar instructors and will remain involved in selected large-scale projects.

Gary is looking forward to the opportunity of spending more time with his wife, four children and 13 grandchildren spread over four states, and visiting historical civil war sites.

“We wish Gary all the best in his semi-retirement” said Henry Dimmick Jr, CEO of Agr International, “but we really don’t want him to stray too far so his vast experience and knowledge can remain an asset to American Glass Research.”

600450 After 44 years, Gary Smay Enters (Semi) Retirement from American Glass Research
Date: 12 June 2014

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