GPM Celebrates Barb Myhre ~ 30 Years of Service

Duluth, MN: GPM, Inc. today announced the 30-year anniversary of Barb Myhre, who works in the company’s Bismarck, ND office.

Myhre joined GPM in 1986, and was hired by the company’s founder, Pete Gemuenden Sr.  Her role in customer service has been pivotal to the success and growth of GPM. “Barb has set the standards of integrity, knowledge and passion to serve our customers”, stated Gemuenden.  “Her example of 30 years of service surpasses all training models of what makes for a valuable employee.”

Myhre’ s contributions to sales support and customer service have been formative to GPM’s distribution business unit. “Barb’s commitment to excellence is inspiring,” said Bob Gemuenden, VP and GM of GPM Distribution, Inc. “She exemplifies our core values and her grit and passion for taking care of our customers both internally and externally, is what we are building our future on.”

Thank you Barb, from everyone in the GPM family.

GPM, Inc. Announces New Leasing and Finance Partnership

Duluth, MN: GPM, Inc. (GPM) announced a new pump leasing and financing program designed to enable customers to obtain new GPM-EliminatorTM pumps without incurring immediate capital expense. Tax and equipment finance leases are now available for qualified customers through a partnership with Northland Capital Financial Services.

“This program will be valuable for many existing and new GPM customers,” stated Rob West, CEO of GPM, Inc., “The application process is simple and cost-effective, and the interest rates are very competitive. Most importantly, it preserves capital.”

Any GPM-EliminatorTM pump or pump system is eligible for the leasing program. Term lengths are available for 24, 36, 48 or 60 months. Northland Capital will own the equipment during the lease and at the end of the term the customer owns the equipment. Depending on the size of the purchase, applications may be processed in as little as 24 hours, but rarely more than three days. GPM’s industry-leading one-year warranty applies to leased pumps just as it does to direct purchased pumps. There are two options available:

Tax Lease

  • Works like a car lease
  • Monthly payment from 24 to 60 months, customer decides
  • Customer takes the cost as a direct (operating) expense
  • No depreciation expense
  • At the end of the lease term: Customer owns equipment outright usually for $100 or less

Equipment Finance Lease

  • Works like an equipment loan
  • Customer takes the depreciation – Consult your tax advisor and see if Section 179 of the Tax Code applies, which means customers can accelerate depreciation schedules on new capital equipment up to a $500,000 cap
  • At the end of the lease term: Customer pays a low fee (usually $100 or less) to get the title for the equipment

For more information and to apply, contact GPM at 218-722-9904, or download the leasing sheet at: www.gpmco.com/lease.

GPM DISTRIBUTION, INC. RECOGNIZED WITH TWO TOP DISTRIBUTOR AWARDS FROM FLOWSERVE

2016 Flowserve MeetingDuluth, MN: On April 22, 2016, GPM Distribution, Inc., attended Flowserve Corporation’s (NYSE:FLS) annual North American Distributor Meeting held in Miami, Florida. The Company received two awards recognizing them as one of the top distributors in Flowserve’s North American distribution network.

GPM had the honor of receiving the following awards for performance in 2015:

3rd place in Aftermarket Parts Bookings – 2015
8th place in Total Bookings – 2015

GPM has progressively moved up in rank for total bookings in successive years with a 10th place in 2013 and a 9th place in 2014.

“GPM has always done a very good job in supporting our customer’s aftermarket needs, but 2015 was exceptional for us, stated Bob Gemuenden, VP and General Manager of GPM, Distribution Inc., “I am extremely proud of the entire GPM team and their hard work and feel strongly we will build on this growth in 2016,” Gemuenden remarked.

Flowserve is the recognized world leader in supplying pumps, valves, seals, automation, and services to the power, oil, gas, chemical, and other industries. With more than 16,000 employees in more than 50 countries, they combine global reach with a local presence. To learn more, visit: www.flowserve.com  or contact sales@gpmco.com.

GPM ANNOUNCES NEW ORDER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST – GPM DISTRIBUTION, INC.

Duluth, MN: GPM, Inc. is pleased to announce that Nancy Swanson has accepted the position of Order Management Specialist for GPM Distribution, Inc.

In this new position, Swanson will be responsible for processing, managing and invoicing orders. She will also work with management to develop and implement ordering procedures across GPM Distribution’s branch offices.

Swanson has been with GPM for 10 years starting as a receptionist. In that time, she has served in administrative roles with increasing importance and responsibility.

“We are looking forward to Nancy’s contributions to help build order process and communication efficiencies. She has served in key roles related to the order lifecycle, and that experience will help us continue to grow our customer centric focus”, said Bob Gemuenden, VP and General Manager of GPM Distribution, Inc.

GPM ANNOUNCES NEW SALES ENGINEER IN DULUTH, MN– INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS & PRODUCTS

Duluth, MN: Bob Gemuenden, VP of Sales for the Industrial Solutions and Products division of GPM, Inc. announced Luke Esboldt as Sales Engineer in the Duluth, MN office effective December 1, 2015.

Esboldt joined GPM in 2014 as an Application Engineer.  His responsibilities included providing critical engineering assistance to internal sales and customers, both domestic and international.  Additionally, he served as engineering’s project lead on GPM’s high head Eliminator pumps.

Prior to joining GPM, Esboldt held positions as a reliability systems engineer for Consumers Energy, as well as plant systems engineer for Xcel Energy. Luke has 10+ years of experience in coal, gas, and oil fired power plants with a focus on reliability engineering and maintenance of stationery and rotating equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University, in addition to being trained and certified in several technical and professional practices.

Working out of the Duluth, MN office, Esboldt will be responsible for a significant territory in GPM’s northern region. “Luke’s practical technical experience will provide pivotal support to customers in this territory,” said Gemuenden.

GPM ANNOUNCES NEW WESTERN REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS & PRODUCTS

Duluth, MN: Bob Gemuenden, VP of Sales for the Industrial Solutions and Products division of GPM, Inc. announced Chris Morgan as Western Regional Sales Manager. Morgan, a GPM employee since 2008, will join GPM’s Bismarck office and be responsible for growing GPM’s western region which has rich opportunity in the oil, gas, power generation, mining, refinery and agriculture markets.

Morgan came to GPM with several years of successful sales experience, in addition to previously working in operations and maintenance at Murphy Oil. His initial role at GPM was to drive sales efforts in the U.P., northern Wisconsin and targeted accounts in northern Minnesota.  His accomplishments growing these markets led to him being promoted to the Northern Regional Sales Manager where he has successfully managed three sales territories.

“A great deal of Chris’s success comes from his technical background, customer focus and attention to detail,” said Gemuenden.  “GPM thanks Chris for his outstanding service to his northern customers. He will play a key role in the future success of the Bismarck office”

GPM, Inc. Announces New Disassembly and Inspection Service

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 3.21.57 PMGPM is proud to announce our new mechanical seal disassembly and inspection service. For the past 35 years GPM has taken great pride in providing you the best service and support for your pump and seal needs. GPM will now be able to help service your toughest sealing requirements with the help of our mechanical seal disassembly and inspection service of any brand mechanical seal.

Upon shipment to GPM’s MSP shop the inspection process will begin. Your mechanical seal will be photographed completely throughout the entire inspection process. Special attention will be spent on seal faces, gasket, and hardware. All seal inspection reports will include photographs, observations, and recommendations for longer mean time between failures.

GPM has been a long time distributor for the Flowserve line of mechanical seals which include heritage brands like Durametallic, Five Star, Borg Warner, Pacific-Weitz and Pac-Seal. No matter what your sealing need is, GPM can help support you with the latest Flowserve seal technology, service, and on-site support, we also carry inventory of Flowserve Seals.

GPM, Inc. Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Tom Sieger
Tom Sieger

Duluth, Minnesota: Rob West, CEO of GPM, Inc. announced Tom Sieger as Chief Financial Officer. Sieger, an employee of GPM since 2013, was formerly the Controller for the company. In this role, Sieger will oversee all financial aspects of the company as GPM continues to grow by adding new pump products and capabilities for use in mining, power generation, refining and wherever process water is being used.

Sieger has over 30 years of experience in finance, administration and operations. He most recently worked as the Controller and Production Manager at Global Device Management in Duluth. Sieger holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

GPM, Inc. Announces New Director of Engineering

Terry King
Terry King

Duluth, MN: Rob West, CEO of GPM, Inc., announced today that Terry King was appointed as the Director of Engineering for the company. In this role, King will oversee all aspects of engineering and design within GPM, as well as coordinate efforts for special engineered products.

King brings with him extensive experience in engineering management and over 30 years of industrial manufacturing experience, including heavy machining plant management, foundry and fabrication. He most recently worked as the General Manager of American Precision Avionics in Duluth. King is a graduate from Iowa State University and holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. In addition, King is a Certified Practitioner of Inventory Management (CPIM) and a member of the American Production Inventory Control Society (APICS).

“Terry is a very talented individual and we are thrilled to have him join the GPM family,” said West. “He brings valuable engineering and manufacturing experience to our senior management that will complement our future plans for growth.”

GPM continues to grow by adding new pump products and capabilities with their engineered systems for dewatering and slurry management in mining, power generation, refining and wherever process water is used.

GPM, Inc. Announces New Hires and New Roles in Duluth Office

Duluth, MN: GPM, Inc. (GPM) is pleased to announce the addition of two new hires to their engineering and warehouse teams, and three new roles for existing GPM employees, all at the Company’s Duluth location. Ryan Schmidt was hired as Service Engineer and Jamie Solem as Warehouse Worker and Driver. Matt Dague was appointed as the new OEM Engineering Manager, Sam Hodel was named OEM Engineer and Nancy Swanson was named Administrative Assistant.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt comes to GPM with a background rich in sales and customer service. Schmidt’s duties as Service Engineer at GPM will include collaborating with service and engineering teams to generate accurate inspection reports and repair quotes, fielding customer inquiries, customer problem resolution, supply chain sourcing and service documentation. Schmidt attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he studied Business and Marketing. He formerly worked at The Fastenal Company as an Outside Sales Representative.

Jamie Solem
Jamie Solem

Jamie Solem joins GPM as Warehouse Worker and Driver. In this position, Solem will assist with all aspects of keeping the GPM warehouse running smoothly, including loading and unloading shipments, maintaining inventory, filling and shipping sales orders and more, all while maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Solem formerly worked at Duluth Pack in Duluth, MN.

Matt Dague
Matt Dague

Matt Dague was appointed as the new OEM Engineering Manager. Dague started with GPM as an intern and for the past three years was a full-time OEM Engineer with the Company. Dague’s new duties include supervising other OEM engineers and staff, developing OEM project charters and schedules, overseeing product engineering, analysis, design and testing and creating accurate project records. Along with those duties, Dague will be overseeing major engineering projects within GPM including NEC cable changes, mechanical layout of GPM-Eliminator™ high-head pumps and vendor motor changes. Dague has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Sam Hodel
Sam Hodel

Sam Hodel was named OEM Engineer. Hodel started with GPM as an intern in 2012 and joined the Company full-time as Service Engineer in 2013. As an OEM Engineer, Hodel will be in charge of creating procedures and processes, along with tooling and fixtures for the shop floor. He will work with the GPM engineering team to aid in the quality-manufacturing program and product troubleshooting, along with developing engineering bulletins. Hodel has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Duluth-Minnesota.

Nancy Swanson
Nancy Swanson

Nancy Swanson was named Administrative Assistant. Swanson has been with GPM for nine years, starting as a receptionist and branching into an involved HR position. In her new role, Swanson will be responsible for various administrative aspects such as payroll and benefits, supply ordering, facilities maintenance and processing customer orders using a variety of vendor entry systems.