ELKHART, IND. - James J. Loh-man, who as chairman and chief executive of Excel Industries Inc. saw sales grow from $50 million to $600 million, died Sept. 27. Though he overcame leukemia that was diagnosed in 1991, Lohman succumbed to aftereffects of that disease. He was 54.
Lohman worked his entire 31-year business career at Excel. He held numerous management positions between 1964 and 1981, when he was elected president and chief administrative officer.
Lohman and others guided a buyout of the then-closely held company in January 1983. A month later he was named chief executive officer.
He took the company public on the American Stock Exchange in 1984, and he was elected chairman of the board of directors in February 1985.
``Jim was a wise strategist who saw how to move a small company into the front ranks of our industry and inspired us to do it,'' said company President James O. Futterknecht Jr., who succeeds Lohman in both of his posts.
Excel, based in Elkhart, supplies window and door systems to the ground transportation industry.