Bristol Compressors names Ed Gniewek as new CEO

Ed Gniewek has been named CEO of Bristol, Va.-based Bristol Compressors International Inc., producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems.

A Detroit, Mich., native, Gniewek is an industry professional whose career includes years of senior executive experience and a strong leadership background, the company says.

Gniewek most recently served as president of EFP Corp., a producer of engineered products and packaging for the medical, pharmaceutical, food, consumer and building markets. Prior to his tenure at EFP, Gniewek was CEO and president of Durakon Industries, a key supplier to the automotive original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket sector. He has also held executive positions at Johnson Controls Automotive Group, Intertec Systems, TechnoTrim, Allen Industries and Ford Motor Co. Since 2006, he has served on the board of directors at Creative Foam Corp.

During his nearly four-decades-long career, Gniewek has developed a worldwide distribution network covering more than 50 countries. He has opened 17 manufacturing plants and three warehouse facilities throughout North and South America and managed companies ranging from $22 million to $1 billion in sales revenue. 

“I look forward to working with the experienced team at Bristol Compressors as we solidify current customer relationships, build new customer business and expand product lines,” Gniewek says, in a company press release. “This is an exciting time in the history of the company, with ever-increasing market demands — not only in North America but also throughout the world.”

Organizations associated with Gniewek have been recipients of the Ford Motor Co. Gold Global Excellence Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce award for opening new markets in foreign countries, the Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence and a number of other industry awards and recognitions. He has a B.M.E. from the University of Detroit and is certified by the Lean Enterprise Institute to teach value stream mapping.