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Eriez® Announces Three Executive Promotions



June 6, 2019 - Eriez® announces the promotions of John Blicha, Greg Nowak and Chris Knoll to new positions within the company’s corporate leadership team. These promotions reflect Eriez’ increased emphasis on global initiatives to support its growing international footprint.

John Blicha has been promoted from Director of Global Marketing and Communications to Senior Director of Global Marketing and Communications. He will take on an elevated role on Eriez’ corporate executive team, developing and executing global market growth strategies while continuing to provide strategic and operational direction to Eriez-USA and all Eriez global subsidiaries in the execution of world-class marketing programs.  Blicha’s ongoing duties include overseeing all corporate advertising and public relations campaigns, the company’s websites and its participation at industry trade shows.

Blicha joined Eriez in 2012. He holds two degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in management. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from California University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Nowak has been promoted from Technical Director of Research and Development to Senior Technical Director.  In this position, he will serve as a key member of Eriez’ corporate management team and provide strategic leadership to the Eriez-USA engineering team, as well as directing the company’s global research and development efforts. According to Eriez Executive Vice President of Global Technology Mike Mankosa, “Greg’s work in both these areas is critical to the success of Eriez’ corporate goal of sales growth and product standardization.”

Nowak joined Eriez in 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University.

Chris Knoll has been promoted from Product Engineering Manager to Director of Global Research and Development. He will now be directly responsible for all Eriez corporate product research and development activities. According to Eriez, Knoll will utilize his industry expertise and project management skills to spearhead new product innovations.

Knoll joined Eriez in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University and holds a professional engineering license.


Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid recycling, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international subsidiaries located on six continents. For more information, call (814) 835-6000. For online users, visit or send email to Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506.