In 1941, Orange Fowler Merwin, or "O.F." as he was known, sold equipment to grain millers. The most common complaints heard from his customers were about "tramp iron" - stray pieces of metal such as bits of wire, nails and bolts, even horseshoes and hammers, that somehow found their way into the grain the farmers brought to the mills for grinding.
Merwin investigated a new magnetic alloy called "alnico" (a combination of aluminum, nickel, cobalt and iron), which possessed exceptional magnetic qualities, including peak magnetic strength up to 30 times that of cobalt steel. He devised a permanent magnetic separator in 1942, sold it to a grain miller and his company was on its way.
Today, through the Merwin family’s stewardship, the company has grown through continuous product innovation and worldwide expansion to a half-million square feet of manufacturing space and nearly 1,000 employees.
Eriez founder, Orange Fowler "O.F." Merwin with one of Eriez' first magnetic separators.
Eriez' Mission Statement
Using our fundamental principle, the Golden Rule, as a guide to build a worldwide organization that will give:
our customers high-quality products and services at a favorable price commensurate with good service before and after the sale; our associates the best possible job opportunity and work satisfaction; our suppliers every opportunity to sell their products and services in an atmosphere of courtesy, trust and fairness; our shareholders a reasonable continuing return on their investment; the communities in which we operate the benefit of our socially responsible conduct and support as a good corporate citizen. We will strive to conduct our affairs in such an efficient, capable, and friendly manner that everyone with whom we come in contact will be happy to be associated with us.
Eriez World Headquarters
Chairman of the Board - Richard Merwin
President & Chief Executive Officer - Tim Shuttleworth
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer - Mark Mandel
Executive Vice President - Global Technology - Mike Mankosa, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President - Global Strategy & Development - Lukas Guenthardt
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer - Charlie Ingram
Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs - Grainne Blanchette
Vice President & General Manager, Eriez USA - Tim Gland
Senior Director, Asia Pacific Operations & Strategy - Jaisen Kohmuench, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Global Marketing & Communications - John Blicha
Senior Technical Director - Greg Nowak
Director, Global Information Technology - J.R. Farrar
Director, Global Research & Development - Chris Knoll
Manager, Global Sourcing - Terri Koebe