ECR International appoints new COO


UTICA — ECR International Inc. has announced that Steve Lilly will assume the role of chief operating officer effective immediately. Lilly has extensive senior level management experience, having served as the plant manager of ECR International’s Dunkirk facility for more than 23 years and more recently, serving as ECR’s director of manufacturing. ECR International, with its Utica facility at 2201 Dwyer Ave., has been manufacturing heating and cooling products for almost 100 years under a family of brand names including Utica Boilers, Dunkirk, Olsen, Pennco, Argo and EMI. ECR International is part of Granby Industries LP, a division of TerraVest Industries Inc., of Canada.

As president and chief operating officer at ECR International, Lilly will be responsible for maintaining and driving operational results within the company, providing leadership to the organization that aligns with the company’s business plan and overall strategic vision, the ECR announcement said.

“What I have learned through my years and experiences in manufacturing is that to be profitable in today’s manufacturing climate we must be committed to continual improvement in our operations,” Lilly said.

“We must become more efficient in how we provide services and manufacture product,” he said. “We must develop new business strategies and products, adopting new process technologies, and simply manage existing resources more effectively.”

“ECR International has been providing our customers with energy efficient heating and cooling systems for almost 100 years, and I look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue to increase our manufacturing capabilities and further strengthen our position in the North American heating market,” Lilly added. Lilly has an associate of applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology from SUNY ECC and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 29 years and are the parents of three adult children, Jake, Emma, and Nick. For the past several years, the couple has co-owned and operated three family businesses.

About Granby Industries

Since it was founded in 1954, Granby Industries has become the North American leader in the manufacturing and distribution of residential, light commercial and light industrial tanks for the safe storage and distribution of combustible liquids.


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