It is with great sadness that Trion Industries announces the untimely and unexpected death of John Thalenfeld, president, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 4, 2024.


Thalenfeld was the son of company founder David Thalenfeld.


“All who knew him, his corporate endeavors, and years of involvement in community charitable efforts mourn this unfathomable loss. The corporation’s officers, management, and employees extend our deepest sympathies to the Thalenfeld family and pledge to carry on with all of John’s undertakings in his absence. There will be no changes in the operation or management of the company. John would want us to continue serving our customers and our community to the best of our abilities,” the company released in a statement.


Born in Queens, NY, in 1956, Thalenfeld began his career with the company in 1972 as a packer, working his way up through virtually every job function before being named president and CEO in 1986, a position he has held ever since.


The younger Thalenfeld learned first-hand experience working in the family’s five-and-dime store as a child, and later working directly under his father at the newly formed Trion Industries.


After attending New York University and Wilkes College, the younger Thalenfeld was a moving force behind relocating the factory to Wilkes-Barre PA, and has advanced an environmental stewardship and community and employee engagement agenda unique to Trion.