GPM Adds New Service Engineer and Senior Sales Engineer

Duluth, MN: September 7, 2017 – GPM, Inc. is pleased to announce the additions of Josh Anderson as Service Engineer, and Mike Hannasch as Senior Sales Engineer for GPM Distribution, Inc. Both Anderson and Hannasch will be based out of GPM’s Twin Cities office located in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

“We are very pleased to add Josh and Mike to GPM,” said Bob Gemuenden, V.P. and General Manager of GPM Distribution. “Josh will bring excellent knowledge and a strong education to our service team, and Mike’s outstanding service history and deep understanding of our pumps will be essential as we expand our services.”

As Service Engineer, Anderson will coordinate GPM’s service workflow while providing technical support to the service team. He will also work closely with GPM’s shop technicians, sales team, customers and vendors. Anderson recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.


In the position of Senior Sales Engineer, Hannasch will manage the Flint Hills Refinery (FHR) account in Rosemount, MN. Hannasch will work closely with FHR engineering, maintenance, reliability and large projects groups. Darren Wels, GPM’s on-site specialist at FHR, will report directly to Hannasch. Hannasch has been a successful sales engineer in the industry for the past 27 years. He has represented Flowserve pumps and seals along with many other top pump manufacturers. Hannasch will be instrumental in helping GPM Distribution expand its service and fabrication business.

GPM-Eliminator Saves Glencore Millions

While at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South mine, Bryan Wilson, now General Manager at Lac des Iles mine in Ontario, was challenged with improving the mine’s underground sump dewatering and solids removal system. Bryan’s ultimate solution was the GPM-EliminatorTM pump, for its capabilities in pumping solids and converting to a well-type sump, now coined the “Wilson Sump”, from the traditional underground sumps. The bottom line, Glencore has literally saved millions of dollars since installing a GPM-Eliminator. Read the full story here.

GPM, Inc. Announces Peter G. Haines as New Chief Executive Officer

Duluth, MN: July 13, 2017 – Peter Gemuenden, Chairman and President of GPM, Inc. (GPM) is pleased to announce the company has selected Peter G. Haines as the new Chief Executive Officer. Haines will begin his duties as CEO on July 17, 2017, and will be replacing Rob West, GPM’s CEO for the past five years. West will continue to serve the organization as a Director for the Board.

“We are thrilled to bring Peter on as CEO. His vision for GPM and his proven track record of successful leadership will position the company for continued growth and success,” said Peter Gemuenden, Chairman and President of GPM. “Peter’s executive leadership and experience will be critical in taking GPM to the next level.”

The selection of Haines concludes an extensive national search for the CEO position, which received over 500 applicants. Haines’ impressive career profile, proven leadership skills and financial management experience will be invaluable to GPM. His professional oversight has transformed many profitable organizations, energizing individuals and teams in marketing, sales, engineering, operations and service functions.

Haines has an extensive background in sales, marketing and general management, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development for BioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC. Haines began his career in 1985 with Lubrication Engineers, Inc. in Texas, quickly rising to Vice President and General Sales Manager. He transitioned to AMSOIL, INC. in 2002 as the company’s first “outside” member of senior management and joined Halvor Lines, Inc. in 2012 where he focused on fuel strategies and sustainability.

Haines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota. He has also been a member of several local community-based organizations, including the United Way, Rotary International and APEX. His professional associations include the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) and more. Haines lives in Esko, Minnesota with his wife and son.
For more information, contact GPM at 218-722-9904, or visit

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:


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:  or contact


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.


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.


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.