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Gema North America Promotes Merritt to Vice President

Chris Merritt has been promoted to vice president of Gema North America, where he will lead strategic development and growth initiatives within North America

Posted: January 16, 2023

Chris Merritt

Gema USA Inc., A Graco Inc. Company, announces that Chris Merritt has been promoted to Vice President of Gema North America. In his new role, Chris will be leading strategic development and growth initiatives within North America. Chris has more than 38 years of service with Gema in multiple positions; since 2006 he has been the General Manager of Gema North 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 PCI Board of Directors Executive Committee. Chris also is holder of several US patents related to the powder coating industry. Congratulations to Chris Merritt on his new responsibility with Gema.


Gema, a Graco Inc. company, is the global leader in powder coating technology. From manual units to fully automated systems, Gema offers solutions to satisfy customers in a wide variety of end markets. Gema has worldwide headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland and a broad worldwide distribution network. Gema operates its North American Headquarters from Indianapolis, Indiana.

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