Norris Cylinder has revealed a transition in leadership, with Charles Manz – current Vice-President of Operations – to succeed the retiring Jerry Van Auken as the company’s President.

The announcement was made by parent company TriMas Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer of engineered and applied products.

Manz will report directly to TriMas President and CEO Dave Wathen.

It is understood that Van Auken will remain with the company in an advisory role and assist in facilitating the transition for Manz.

“We are pleased Chuck has accepted the appointment as President. With his experienced operational and leadership skills, he is well positioned to lead Norris Cylinder into the future,” said Wathen.

“We thank Jerry for his guidance, expertise and leadership during the last eight years, and are fortunate he is staying with the company in an advisory role. During Jerry’s tenure as President, Norris has achieved sales growth that outpaced general industrial growth, as a result of organic initiatives and disciplined bolt-on acquisitions. By leveraging these assets and driving continued productivity, Norris has also successfully raised its margin and return on capital levels during this period of time.”

Van Auken was appointed President of Norris Cylinder in 2008, after joining the company in 2007 as general manager. He also sits on both the Executive and Board of Directors for the Compressed Gas Association (CGA).

Norris Cylinder is a leading provider of a complete line of high-pressure and low-pressure steel cylinders for the transportation, storage and dispensing of compressed gases including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, helium and other gases for the industrial and healthcare markets. Norris also offers low-pressure steel cylinders used to contain and dispense acetylene gas for welding and cutting industries.

The news comes just weeks after Norris Cylinder also announced changes to its sales organisation, with Micheal J. Rollins named as the company’s Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing.