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PLY GEM NAMES MONTE R. HAYMON PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PLY GEM Industries, Inc. (AMEX: PGI) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey S. Silverman announced today that Monte R. Haymon is joining PLY GEM as president and chief operating officer and has been elected a member of its board of directors. This newly created position will be effective as of Jan. 1, 1994, when Mr. Haymon will be leaving Packaging Corp. of America (PCA), a $2.1 billion unit of Tenneco Inc., where he has been president and chief executive officer since 1981.
 At PLY GEM, a national manufacturer and distributor of specialty products for the home improvement industry, Mr. Haymon, 56 years old, will be responsible for 11 independent operating companies generating approximately $700 million in annual revenues and employing over 4,000 people in some 50 different locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
 "Monte Haymon is an extremely talented executive whose leadership skills and successful track record in managing operations, creating growth and maximizing financial performance are perfectly suited to helping PLY GEM reach new levels of success," said Mr. Silverman. "We believe his ability to achieve maximum financial results from multiple business units will prove particularly beneficial to PLY GEM as we continue to realize the huge potential from our TEAMWORK 90s growth strategy."
 Mr. Haymon is credited with transforming PCA from a small domestic paperboard company into a $2 billion international packaging company with over 100 businesses in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He oversaw a diversification of the company's products and markets and the implementation of new manufacturing methods and practices that fueled a period of unprecedented growth for the company.
 During Mr. Haymon's tenure, PCA's financial performance has consistently outpaced that of other companies in its industry. From 1982 to 1992, a period during which PCA's sales tripled from $610 million to over $2 billion, earnings increased sevenfold to $221 million. In the same period, returns on net assets employed grew from 8 percent to 20 ercent, even as the asset base grew 300 percent.
 Mr. Haymon began his career as process engineer for Monsanto Chemical Company. He joined Tenneco Chemicals in 1962 and held various marketing management positions until 1968 when he joined Dart Industries, where he held senior positions in both marketing and manufacturing. He rejoined Tenneco Chemicals in 1976 as vice president and general manager of the polymers and plastics division. In 1980, he became group vice president before moving to PCA in 1981.
 Mr. Haymon earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University and completed the advanced management program at the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University.
 "This is exciting news for our employees, customers, suppliers and stockholders as PLY GEM begins the new year with a new president who shares our firm commitment to becoming `the supplier of choice' to the home improvement industry," said Mr. Silverman.
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 /CONTACT: Diane M. Cady, vice president, investor relations of PLY GEM Industries, Inc., 212-832-1550; or Peter Collins or David Sternstein of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, 212-489-6900/
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