Bristol Compressors Names Gniewek as New CEO

BRISTOL, Va., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Gniewek has been named CEO of Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems.

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A native of Detroit, Mich., Gniewek is an industry professional whose distinguished career includes years of senior executive experience and a strong leadership background.

Gniewek most recently served as president of EFP Corporation, a producer of engineered products and packaging for the medical, pharmaceutical, food, consumer and building markets. Prior to his tenure at EFP, Gniewek was CEO and president of Durakon Industries, a key supplier to the automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket sector. He has also held executive positions at Johnson Controls Automotive Group, Intertec Systems, TechnoTrim, Allen Industries and Ford Motor Company. Since 2006, he has served on the board of directors at Creative Foam Corporation.

During a distinguished career that spans nearly four decades, Gniewek has developed a worldwide distribution network covering more than 50 countries. He has opened 17 manufacturing plants and three warehouse facilities throughout North and South America and managed companies ranging from $22 million to $1 billion in sales revenue.

"I look forward to working with the experienced team at Bristol Compressors as we solidify current customer relationships, build new customer business and expand product lines," Gniewek says. "This is an exciting time in the history of the company, with ever-increasing market demands – not only in North America but also throughout the world."

Organizations associated with Gniewek have been recipients of the Ford Motor Company Gold Global Excellence Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce award for opening new markets in foreign countries, the Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence and a number of other industry awards and recognitions. He has a B.M.E. from the University of Detroit and is certified by the Lean Enterprise Institute to teach value stream mapping.

About Bristol Compressors

Headquartered in Bristol, Va., Bristol Compressors designs and manufactures hermetic reciprocating compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. The company supplies compressors to original equipment manufacturers and wholesale distributors on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the world.

Spanning 750,000 square feet, the company's Bristol operations are fully integrated, with world-class machining capabilities that complement reconfigured high-volume assembly lines. Operations are designed around lean manufacturing process techniques.

With a focus on safety, quality and operational effectiveness, Bristol Compressors has transformed its operations to support global customers' continuous improvement expectations in quality assurance and supply. Bristol Compressors maintains market-leading positions in North America and the Middle East.

In keeping with a commitment to deliver environmentally conscious, energy-efficient products, Bristol Compressors offers a variety of ozone-friendly refrigerant compressors with fixed- and variable-frequency drive configurations, high-output heat pump compressors, geothermal targeted products, and the highest performing refrigeration compressors in the industry.

Company Mission: Bristol Compressors is committed to delivering product excellence in quality and reliability; our people are dedicated to providing world-class customer service, value, delivery and technical support to our global HVACR customers.

Contact information:
Joel Moseley, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
276-466-4121, ext. 2484

SOURCE Bristol Compressors International, Inc.