ERIE – Robert H. Martter has been named president and CEO of Heatron, Inc., effective January 1, 2018.
Martter replaces current Heatron President HB Turner, who is stepping down after 35 years of employment with Heatron to pursue other interests. Turner has been president of Heatron since 2004 and was one of the company’s primary shareholders at the time of the sale of the company to NIBE, Inc. in March of 2016.
NIBE, Inc. is a global manufacturing company based in Markaryd, Sweden focused on Climate Control Solutions, Heating Elements and Stoves. NIBE is a publicly traded company with annual revenues of approximately USD $2 billion and is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange. Thomas Egerstrom, managing director of Backer EHP, NIBE’s North American Element Segment, announced the change on September 11, 2017, at Heatron’s headquarters in Leavenworth Kansas. Martter will report to Egerstrom.
Martter, currently vice president of Heatron, also has managed the company’s Erie operation for Heatron since 2002 when Heatron acquired the facility which is located in Summit Township. The facility specializes in thick film heaters and resistors, LED technologies and provides state of the art electronic component assembly capability for Heatron. Heatron operates two additional factories in Leavenworth Kansas specializing in flexible, cartridge and cast-in heating elements. Martter will lead a talented and experienced management team with a goal to grow Heatron beyond the current estimated 2017 revenues of approximately $50 million. Heatron heating elements are custom engineered subcomponents sold to original equipment manufacturers in markets such as medical, aerospace, industrial and capital equipment and consumer products. Heatron employs approximately 260 associates, including about 60 in Erie.
Martter holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He started his career with The DuPont Company and worked in engineering, manufacturing and sales. He later joined Ferro Corporation (Cleveland, Ohio) and eventually American Trim LLC (Lima, Ohio), both previous owners of the Erie PA business now owned by Heatron.
Martter and his wife Joan are parents of two grown daughters and grandparents of four grandchildren. They plan to continue to live in Erie, and he will split his time between Erie PA and Leavenworth Kansas as required.
Heatron, Inc. manufactures custom heating elements, circuits, and LED products for OEM manufacturers in its Leavenworth, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania located facilities. The company offers a full range of heater technologies for consumer to industrial 3D printers, including flexible Kapton® and silicone heaters, heated tubing, cartridge heaters and mica. Global brands look to Heatron for design support, scalable component manufacturing, turn-key assembly and supply chain support. Heatron is a part of the NIBE Element group.
For more information, visit www.heatron.com.