Erie, Pa.-based Eriez is celebrating 80 years in business this year. The company’s story began in 1942 when founder O.F. Merwin installed a permanent magnet in a grain mill. Today, Eriez consists of a workforce of more than 900 individuals located throughout 12 wholly owned international subsidiaries on six continents and is a world leader in magnetic separation, flotation, metal detection and material-handling equipment technology.
Over eight decades, Eriez has worked diligently to advance industries such as mining, processing and aggregates. The company said that its process engineers and scientists have developed countless product breakthroughs in the areas of rare earth magnets, flotation, vibratory feeders, metal detection, and more.
O.F. Merwin’s grandson, Richard Merwin, currently serves as the company’s chairman. His late father, Bob Merwin, had a global vision for Eriez and took the company into international markets in the 1950s.
“Our board of directors, past and present, has embraced and supported deliberate and bold ongoing initiatives for global strategic growth. Their consistent, sound and ethical guidance is a major factor in Eriez’ continuing success,” Richard Merwin said.
Eriez President and CEO Lukas Guenthardt noted, “We are lucky to have ownership and a board of directors who value long-term investments and profitable growth over short-term profits. We have worked hard at building and maintaining loyal customers that value the quality and trust the reliability of our products and services.”
“With a focus on continuous product advancement and market expansion, both domestically and overseas, Eriez is poised to thrive for years to come.”
Eriez Senior Director of Global Marketing and Brand Management John Blicha said the company has some special events planned throughout the course of 2022 to commemorate the 80th anniversary and recognize customers and employees for their loyalty and partnership.