C.R. Laurence announces retirement of chairman and CEO

C.R. Laurence
August 01, 2018
By C.R. Laurence
Aug. 1, 2018 -  After 58 years of dedication to his customers, business and team, Don Friese, Chairman and CEO of C.R. Laurence (CRL), will retire at the end of September 2018. His successor, Lloyd Talbert, has been with the company for over 25 years and will maintain his role as President along with assuming CRL’s leadership.

Don joined CRL as its sixth employee in 1961 and by 1997 he had progressed to become CEO and owner of the company. Through both acquisitions and organic growth, Don grew CRL into North America's largest manufacturer and distributor of custom hardware products and supplies for the glass and glazing industry. Today, the company makes or distributes more than 65,000 products for the architectural, construction and automotive industries - from frameless shower door hardware to commercial entrances and transaction hardware.

CRL now has eight design, engineering and manufacturing facilities and 34 service centers across the U.S. and Canada, as well as operations in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and Australia.

Commenting, Lloyd Talbert said “Don’s leadership and contribution over almost six decades has been instrumental in expanding the business from a small company to a global manufacturer and supplier of architectural glazing systems for commercial and residential applications. Over the years, Don consistently focused on growing the company, expanding its reach and improving its products and services, while building a strong team and surrounding himself with exceptional talent.”

Lloyd Talbert joined CRL in 1991 as Vice President of Finance and CFO and is an experienced industry and business leader, most recently in his role as President and COO of the company.

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