CECO’s Former Vice President Art Black Passes Away at Age 75

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Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) is deeply saddened today by the death of Art Black, former Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing. Black died in Kerrville, Tx., due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Art Black joined CECO in 1979 and was personally hired by the founder of CECO, Ernest Hotze, as Chief Engineer. Black oversaw CECO’s engineering department and the development of CECO’s eMAX poppet valve and compressor unloading equipment, which are currently operating in compressors world-wide. His integrity and incredible work ethic allowed him to quickly rise to the position of Vice President of the Engineering and Manufacturing departments at CECO.

Art Black upgraded CECO’s engineering department from a group of draftsmen to a truly outstanding engineering team. “Art’s knowledge of reciprocating compressors and integral gas engine design from his years at Clark Brothers and Ingersoll Rand allowed CECO to design and build thousands of different OEM Superior aftermarket replacement components,” said Bruce Hotze, CEO of CECO.

During his 23-year tenure at CECO, not only did Art Black bring a wealth of knowledge to the company, but also was a dear friend to the Hotze family, CECO associates and hundreds of colleagues in the Oil & Gas industry.

Black retired from CECO in 2002 to spend more time with his family and follow his passions for boating, building and adventure.