Founder of Burco Passes Away

Jim Mervenne of Burco Inc. passed away on April 30, 2014 in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich.

“Jim was kindhearted and ever mindful of others with a generous spirit. Jim was a successful businessman who was well respected and trusted by colleagues, customers and competitors alike.  All who spent time with Jim enjoyed his ubiquitous spirited conversations. Jim was a good listener who had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh,” says Elisabeth Mervenne, vice president of Burco.

“His work in the glass industry spanned four decades. Early in his career he worked with PPG and then for a local glass sundry and industrial parts supplier, C.H. Burpee. Jim purchased C.H. Burpee in 1967, which eventually became Burco Inc.,” she adds.

He is preceded in death by his wife Diane and is survived by three sons, daughter-in-laws and many beautiful grandchildren.

“His passion for this industry was with him until the end,” Elisabeth Mervenne says.

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