CEMA’s History

CEMA’s (Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association) company history dates back to 1933, where they have been successfully providing information for the industry.   We provide a comprehensive range of knowledge, talent, and takeaways at three meetings a year.

Drawing upon the expertise of our member companies, CEMA is able to provide the industry with standards, technical information, safety labels and safety information from our meetings where they develop and discuss conveyor industry standards, technical publications and new developments in conveyor design, technology, application, and safety.

CEMA works closely with other organizations, such as the Material Handling Industry of America and the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers, with an interest in materials handling, voluntary standards, and business in general.  Working closely with these organizations ensures our Members that CEMA is providing them with as much up-to-date information within the Industry.

CEMA also maintains contact with all government agencies whose activities concern the conveyor equipment industry.  Through membership in other organizations, CEMA is also able to keep a finger on the pulse of federal legislation and regulations affecting the industry which is reported to our Membership through our Government Affairs Committee.

Meet the Board

CEMA’s Board is dedicated to serving the needs of the Association and the Industry. Take a few minutes to get familiar with our Officers / Board of Directors.

Noel Bell

President of CEMA

Vice President, General Manager MH/Services Div., Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., Arlington, TX

Members of CEMA since 1974. Noel is a member of the Finance/Budget Committee, the Membership/Marketing Committee, and the Bulk Handling Section.

Andrew Felter

Vice President of CEMA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Webster Industries, Inc., Tiffin, OH

Members of CEMA since 1933. Andy is the Chair of the Finance/Budget Committee, a member of the Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Section and the Membership/Marketing Committee.

Johnny Wheat

Secretary of CEMA

President, 4B Components LTD., Morton, IL

Members of CEMA since 2014. Johnny is the Vice Chair of the Joint Screw Conveyor and Bucket Elevator Section and a member of the Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Section,  Finance/Budget Committe, Meetings Committee, and the Bulk Handling Section.

Chris Glenn

Treasurer of CEMA

Director of Engineering, FMH Conveyors, Jonesboro, AR

Members of CEMA since 2019. Chris is the Chair of the Finance/Budget Committee and a member of the Unit Handling Section and the Membership/Marketing Committee.

Andy Solis

Executive Vice President of CEMA

Andy is the Vice Chair of Finance/Budget Committee, a member of the Statistics Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Unit Handling Section.

Mike Nisenbaum

Director of Marketing / Membership of CEMA

Mike is the Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the Membership/Marketing Committee, the Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Committee, and the Unit Handling Section.

Directors 2019 – 2022

Bill Mecke

Director of CEMA

President, KWS Manufacturing Company, LTD., Burleson, TX

Members of CEMA since 1990. Bill is a member of the Jt. Screw Conveyor and Bucket Elevator Section, Screw Conveyor Committee and Bucket Elevator Committee, Bulk Handling Section, and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Andy Blanchard

Director of CEMA

Chief Executive Officer, Syntron Material Handling, LLC, Saltillo, MS  38866

Members of CEMA since 1933. Andy is the Chair of the Jt. Screw Conveyor and Bucket Elevator Section, a member of the Screw Conveyor Committee and Bucket Elevator Committee, Bulk Handling Section, and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Dave Zaleski

Director of CEMA

Director Global Accounts, Dematic Corp., Grand Rapids, MI

Members of CEMA since 1986. Dave is a member of the Unit Handling Section and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Directors 2019 – 2022

Tamara Thimmel

Director of CEMA

President, Bryant Products, Ixonia, WI

Members of CEMA since 1990. Tamara is the Chair of the Unit Handling Conveying Section and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.  She is also a member of the Membership/Marketing Committee.

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Rich Kosik

Director of CEMA

President, Itoh Denki USA, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, PA

Members of CEMA since 2010. Rich is a member of the Meetings Committee, Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Section, Unit Handling Section and the Bulk Handling Section.

Directors 2020 – 2023

David Peacock

Director of CEMA

President, Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc., Jonesboro, AR

Members of CEMA since 1972. David is a member of the Unit Handling Conveying Section and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Thomas D. Robertson

Director of CEMA

President, Intellitrak, Inc., Fairfield, OH

Members of CEMA since 2005. Tom is a member of the Unit Handling Section and Chain & Sprocket Section.

Mike Shea

Director of CEMA

Vice President-Global Product Management and Pricing, ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc., Greenville, SC

Members of CEMA since 1933. Mike is a member of the Bulk Handling Conveying Section and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Past President’s Representative

Michael Hoehn

CEMA Past Presidents Rep

President, Automatic Systems, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Members of CEMA since 1974.  Michael is a member of Past Presidents Committee, Meetings Committee, and Bulk Handling Section.