YKK, a leading manufacturer of award-winning commercial facade systems and residential doors and windows, announced today that John Cookson has joined its subsidiary, Erie Architectural Products Group (Erie AP), as National Sales Manager.

Cookson comes to YKK AP with more than 18 years of global experience in the glass and glazing industry. A high-performing technical and commercial leader, he will leverage his deep technical and customer-focused expertise to lead Erie AP’s national sales team. Cookson will work closely with glazing contractors and architects to provide a complete end-to-end service experience – from conceptual design to construction completion.

“John’s extensive industry knowledge of the construction industry, high-performance facades and engineering combined with his creative and collaborative approach to building successful teams makes him a natural fit to lead our national sales team,” said Tim Thomas, president of Erie Architectural Products Group. “As a company, we are continually focused on creating sustainable, long-term value for customers. We are confident that John’s leadership experience will contribute significantly to this approach.”

Prior to joining Erie AP, Cookson worked with facades company, Schüco Southeast Asia, where he was responsible for the company’s Southeast Asia Technical and Engineering Operations. He successfully led a team of 11 covering seven nationalities and four core regions. Cookson has also spent time working at Kawneer, Sapa Building Systems and Saint-Gobain. Throughout his career, Cookson has built, developed and led teams with a focus on creating a culture of excellence, collaboration and sales success.

“Erie AP is leading the way in unitized facade innovation and I am proud to join such an accomplished team,” said Cookson. “I look forward to bringing my unique global perspective and my breadth of industry experience to the company and to our customers to successfully bring a range of innovative projects to fruition.”


YKK AP America Inc. is a leading manufacturer of award-winning commercial facade systems and residential windows and doors. Our purpose is to build a better society through architectural products. Together with our subsidiary brand, Erie Architectural Products (Erie AP), we serve architects, glazing contractors, homebuilders and resellers across the country. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, we build upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and thoughtful design to deliver quality building solutions that meet your performance, aesthetic, and sustainability needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., all building products are manufactured in our world-class production facilities located in Dublin, Ga., Macon, Ga. and Lakeshore, Ont. YKK AP America Inc. is a subsidiary of YKK AP Inc., a global architectural products company based in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit ykkap.com and follow us on Linkedin.com.

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