GPM Strengthens Service Team in Duluth and Minneapolis Service & Repair Centers

Duluth, MN: August 21, 2018 – GPM, Inc. (GPM) is pleased to announce the company has added depth and expertise to their Service & Repair Center team with additions of several new hires and promotions in their Duluth and Minneapolis (MSP) Service & Repair Center locations.

“Service and repair is crucial to GPM’s overall success as a company, and we’re excited about expanding our team” said Blake Kolquist, General Manager, GPM Service & Repair. “We’re adding decades of hands-on, technical and managerial industry experience to enhance our service offerings with an emphasis on quality and efficiency.”

Ryan Schmidt has been promoted to Service Project Manager. Schmidt, in his previous role as Service Coordinator, played an integral role in expanding GPM’s equipment inspection and reporting process and implementation, while coordinating shop scheduling activities. In his new role, Schmidt will manage strategic account service projects in the field and out of the Duluth Service & Repair Center.  

Jake Mellinger has been promoted to Service Coordinator for the Duluth Service & Repair Center. Mellinger has six years of experience at GPM, beginning on the warehouse team then transitioning as a service technician for the past four years. During his time as a service technician, Mellinger was instrumental in the improvement and advancement of service procedures for the GPM-Eliminator™, and conducted pump service training for North American customers. Mellinger’s technical background and experience at GPM provide a significant boost to the increased demand on service coordination, and help to improve the efficiency of GPM processes.

Jacy Greensky has rejoined the Duluth Service & Repair Center as a Service Technician, after pursuing continuing education. Greensky originally joined GPM in 2015, and now has over two years of experience working on GPM-Eliminator repairs. With GPM’s growing customer base, he is a vital asset in pump repairs and service in the Duluth Service & Repair Center.

Greg Chester joined GPM in June, 2018 as a Blower Repair Specialist at GPM’s MSP Service & Repair Center. GPM Pumps Parts & Service recently partnered with Howden Roots, expanding the company’s presence in the rotary blower market. Chester joined forces with GPM, bringing with him over 29 years of blower service, repair and sales experience. He will continue to lead blower service efforts, while also growing his consultative role in the GPM salesforce.

Ryan Nowaskey joined the MSP Service & Repair Center in July, 2018 as a Service Manager. Nowaskey most recently managed a Mechanical Seal Service Center where he demonstrated the ability to improve service efficiencies, on-time delivery and quality control. This experience will play a key role in the continued growth of the MSP Service & Repair Center.   

“GPM is committed to service and repair growth as a company and for our customers – this expansion supports our ever-improving processes,” said Peter Haines, GPM CEO. “We strongly value our new and longstanding service and repair team members, and the expertise they bring to GPM.”

For more information, contact GPM at 218-722-9904, or visit www.gpmco.com.

GPM Announces New Strategic Business Development Manager and Western Regional Sales Manager

Duluth, MN: June 27, 2018 – In addition to celebrating 40-years as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the GPM-Eliminator series of submersible and horizontal slurry pumps, including representation of 15 lines of industry-leading technologies related to rotational equipment, GPM, Inc. (GPM) is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Morgan to Strategic Business Development Manager and the addition of Ross Nilles as the Western Regional Sales Manager.

 

Chris Morgan has an impressive history with GPM, beginning his experience at the company in 2008, working to drive sales efforts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. He then was promoted to the Northern Regional Sales Manager, where he successfully managed three sales territories, and most recently held a position as the Western Regional Sales Manager. In his new position as the Strategic Business Development Manager, Morgan will develop and maintain strategic accounts to build GPM’s presence and foster key relationships in the industry. He will work with all GPM representatives, engaging in equipment and rotational equipment service and repair opportunities spanning the entire upper Midwest for GPM distribution.

“Chris’ experience and successful track record at GPM make him the perfect candidate for this position,” said Bob Gemuenden, VP of Agent and Distribution Sales for GPM. “He fully understands the needs of the industries in this region, and we’re excited to see how he will thrive in this new role. GPM truly appreciates all his hard work.”

 

Ross Nilles, with extensive commissioning and engineering experience, will be taking over Morgan’s previous position as the Western Regional Sales Manager. An energy industry professional with over 10 years of experience with major capital projects in the Power and Oil and Gas Industries, Nilles most recently held a position as a Commissioning Engineer with Kiewit Energy in Lusby, Maryland. In his new role with GPM, Nilles will be responsible for developing relationships with new and existing GPM customers to generate brand awareness and leads for the company. He will manage the sales engineering team for North Dakota, western South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

“It’s not often you see a candidate with as much industry knowledge as Ross,” said Gemuenden. “We feel confident our clients continue to be in good hands in the Western Region, and we look forward to the great addition Ross makes to GPM.”

For more information, contact GPM at 218-722-9904, or visit www.gpmco.com.

GPM, Inc. Announces Brandi Beach Elected to Energy Generation Conference Committee

Duluth, MN: February 15, 2018 – GPM, Inc. (GPM) is pleased to announce that Brandi Beach has been elected to serve on the Energy Generation Conference (EGC) Planning Committee, which meets in the Bismarck, North Dakota area. The EGC is a cooperative effort among producers, suppliers and educators to promote competitive, efficient and safe energy production. The annual event showcases over 315 exhibitors and offers over 25 continuing education and professional development sessions. Over the past 30 years the EGC has grown from 100 participants into an international event attended by over 2,700. Beach will begin serving on the planning committee in March.

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“I am truly honored to be asked to serve on the EGC planning committee,” said Brandi Beach, Director of Marketing and Executive Projects for GPM. “This committee represents a number of GPM’s industry peers, and is such an important event for Bismarck and the energy sector.”

Beach, a native of Bismarck, studied business administration with a management and marketing emphasis at the University of Mary. She has been with GPM since 2008. Beach brings to the planning committee over 20 years of sales, marketing, event planning and corporate strategy experience in the technology and energy industries.  

The original EGC planning committee had eight members, with eight company sponsors. Today, there are 30 members on the planning committee, and 27 supporting companies. In 2018, the EGC saw 318 exhibitors and over 2,400 attendees.

For more information, contact GPM at 218-722-9904, or visit www.gpmco.com

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 www.gpmco.com.

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.