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.

Michael Hoehn

President of CEMA

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

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

Michael Nisenbaum

Vice President of CEMA

Director of Business Development, Gates Corporation, Denver, CO

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

Noel Bell

Secretary of CEMA

Vice President, Conveyor Divisions, Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., Arlington, TX

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

Andrew Felter

Treasurer of CEMA

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

Members of CEMA since 1933. Andy is a Member of the Conveyor Chain Section and the Membership/Marketing Committee.

Robert Reinfried

Executive Vice President of CEMA

Executive Vice President of CEMA since 1994

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

Directors 2017 – 2020

Chris Maines

Director of CEMA

Vice President, Engineering, Honeywell Intelligrated, Inc., Mason, OH

Members of CEMA since 1998. Chris is a Member of the Unit Handling Section.

Johnny Wheat

Director of CEMA

President, 4B Components LTD., Morton, IL

Members of CEMA since 2014. Johnny is a Member of the Conveyor Chain Section, the Joint Screw and Bucket Elevator Committee, and the Chain Committee.

Paul Ross

Past Presidents Representative of CEMA

President, Douglas Manufacturing Co., Inc., Pell City, AL

Members of CEMA since 1996. Paul is a member of the Membership / Marketing Committee, Past Presidents Committee, and Bulk Handling Section.

Directors 2018 – 2021

Chris Glenn

Director of CEMA

Vice President of Operations, Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., Jonesboro, AR

Members of CEMA since 1972. Glenn is a Member of the Unit Handling Section and the Membership/Marketing Committee.

George Huber, III

Director of CEMA

President, Industrial Kinetics, Inc. Downers Grove, IL

Members of CEMA since 1991. George is a Member of the Unit Handling Section, the Membership/Marketing Committee, and the Past Presidents Committee.

Mike Stegmann

Director of CEMA

Product Manager, Boston Gear/Bauer Gear Motor USA, Charlotte, NC

Members of CEMA since 2005. Mike is a Member of the Unit Handling Section, and the Membership/Marketing Committee.

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 Screw Conveyor Section, Jt. Screw Conveyor/Bucket Elevator Committee, Bulk Handling Section, and Membership/Marketing Committee.

Gregory Westphall, PE

Director of CEMA

Director of Engineering, FLEXCO, Grand Rapids, MI

Members of CEMA since 1997. Greg is the Vice Chair of the Bulk Handling Section, Chair of the Bulk Conveyor Accessories Committee, and a member of the 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.