EFCO Corp. Promotes John Bendt to President
December 19, 2019
EFCO Corp. promoted John Bendt to president of the company, replacing John Klein who will retire at the end of the 2020 fiscal year. Bendt will officially begin the transition process with Klein so that he can fully own the FY2021 Annual Operating Plan process and coordinate with Klein on an effective transition of responsibilities. Bendt will take full accountability for the EFCO business on March 1, 2020.
Bendt will continue to be based in Minneapolis, but will ensure he has an effective plan to spend time in Monett, Missouri, with the EFCO team and with customers, say company officials. One of Bendt’s first tasks will be to initiate a search for his backfill.
Bendt brings a tremendous amount of experience and industry knowledge to this role. He joined Apogee in 2002 and has held several leadership roles across the organization. Prior to joining EFCO as vice president of sales and marketing in August 2018, he served as vice president, building retrofit strategy, where he led the development of Apogee’s renovation initiative, growing it to $40 million in orders in fiscal year 2018. Previously, Bendt worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Wausau Window and Wall Systems from 2008 to 2012, and he was vice president of service and special projects for Harmon from 2002 to 2008.
EFCO officials extended thanks to Klein for his eight years with Apogee. In February 2018, John Klein postponed his planned retirement to lead the EFCO business which was working through a number of commercial and operational related issues. Today, EFCO has turned the corner on many of the most significant issues, and made a game changing investment in the EFCO distribution center, say company officials.