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Azon founder passes at 95

January 11, 2023  By Azon

James (Jim) Dunstan, founder of Azon USA, Inc. based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away amongst close family members on December 29, 2022, at the age of 95.

Jim Dunstan, along with his wife, Ruth Dunstan, founded Azon in 1977 with a modest investment. Azon has grown to become a world leader in the production of machinery and thermal barrier chemicals for energy-saving fenestration products. Although headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Azon also has affiliate operations in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and China.

Jim’s passion for Azon and the industry it serves is well known. Jim was deeply involved in the aluminum industry even before founding Azon. Azon serves in the membership of AAMA and AEC and its various committees. Jim also served as a board member for the National Association of Manufacturers. He responded fervently whenever the aluminum extrusion industry came under attack.

“Softly, we said goodbye to our strong, smart and loving dad and grandpa,” wrote Nancy Peterson, daughter of James and Azon’s former Director of Market Communications. “While it is sad he is gone, we know he is at peace leaving behind a wonderful legacy.”


Mr. Dunstan was inducted into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame in 2002 and also received many other industry awards and accolades throughout his career.

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