Jerry Van Auken has been promoted to President of Norris Cylinder from the role of general manager of Norris Cylinder, effective immediately and reporting directly to Edward Schwartz, Executive Vice President of TriMas Corporation.
In his role as President, Van Auken will be responsible for the leadership of Norris Cylinder, with primary responsibilities including strategic direction, profit and loss reporting, sales and marketing, operations, and human resource initiatives.
During his tenure at Norris Cylinder, he has been an integral part of the company’s growth initiatives. He assisted Norris Cylinder in increasing its unit capacity by 23%, while supporting the expansion of the ISO-cylinder product line.
“We are pleased to promote Jerry to this important role within our organisation. His broad background, in combination with his experience at Norris Cylinder, will enable the Norris team to continue on its successful track of growth and international expansion,” commented Schwartz.
Van Auken has over 30 years of experience and proven leadership in areas such as logistics, engineering, manufacturing and sales in industries such as deep drawn steel, transportation, industrial electronics, military avionics, liquid crystal display processes and biochemistry.
Prior to joining TriMas, Van Auken had held senior positions of increasing responsibility with companies such as Tax-Airfreight, Pressed Steel Tank Co, Planar Inc. and Danfoss.
Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, TriMas Corporation is organized into five strategic business groups: Packaging Systems, Energy Products, Industrial Specialties, RV/Trailer Products and Recreational Accessories. The company has approximately 5,000 employees at 70 different facilities in 10 countries.