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Chris Merritt Celebrates 30 Years with Gema

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gema USA Inc., Indianapolis, announced that Chris Merritt is celebrating 30 years of service with the company. Chris is the general manager for Gema USA Inc., a division of Graco Inc.

His responsibilities include managing the powder coating business within Canada, United States, and Mexico for Gema USA Inc. Prior to starting his career, Chris received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Associate Illustration Degree from Purdue University. His entrance into the finishing industry began in 1984 as an engineer within the powder equipment group, Ransburg Gema, a division of the Ransburg Corporation. Chris gained valuable experience in a variety of sales, engineering, and management positions. Chris was promoted to general manager of Gema in 2005 and has successfully guided the Gema business unit through favorable and volatile industry and economic conditions.

Throughout his career, he has become recognized as an industry expert. This is evident through his extensive amount of experience on powder coating, in both organic and enamel applications, as well as holder of several U.S. patents related to the powder coating industry. Chris is a published author and speaker on the subject of powder coating and actively presents at many industry technical conferences. Chris is a member of several industry associations, and is a strong supporter of the powder coating industry trade association, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI®). He has served in a variety of leadership roles ranging from committee chairman to board president. Chris currently chairs the Marketing Intelligence Committee and is serving his fifth term on the PCI® Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Chris Merritt on 30 years of service!