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Chris Merritt Celebrates 35 Years at Gema

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gema, A Graco Inc. Company, announces that Chris Merritt is celebrating 35 years of service with the company. Chris is the General Manager for Gema USA Inc., a division of Graco Inc; and is responsible for managing the powder coating business within the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Chris is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology as well as Illustration. Entering the finishing industry in 1984, Chris started as an engineer within the powder equipment group of Ransburg Gema, a division of the Ransburg Corporation. Chris’ extensive work experience includes successful positions in sales, engineering, and management.

Throughout his career, Chris has been an active participant and leader within the powder coating industry.  As a published author and speaker about powder coating Chris actively presents at a variety of technical conferences and training classes. 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 within PCI and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Past President. Chris also is holder of several US patents related to the powder coating industry. Congratulations to Chris Merritt on 35 years of service to Gema.