Jerry Ermentrout Wins 6th Annual Akira Inoue Award


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Jerry Ermentrout Receives Sixth Akira Inoue Award for Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership

From left: Stan Meyers, president and CEO of SEMI; Don Mitchell, chairman and chief executive officer of FSI International, and chairman of the SEMI EHS Executive Committee; Gerald Ermentrout, vice president and general manager of Air Product’s Electronics Division

Gerald G. (Jerry) Ermentrout, vice president and general manager of the Electronics Division at Air Products, is the recipient of the 2005 Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety in the semiconductor industry. The award, presented at the SEMICON Japan exposition, is sponsored by the global industry association SEMI.

Ermentrout is recognized for his contributions to advancing EHS policies and practices at Air Products which have resulted in operational excellence in health and safety for both customers and employees, as well as the introduction of innovative products and services that provide direct environmental, health or safety benefits.

“Under Jerry Ermentrout’s leadership, Air Products’ Electronics Division has achieved industry-leading status in environmental, health and safety performance while growing roughly three times in size,” said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Through his visionary business model, Jerry has established himself as a capable, responsible steward of the environment, and demonstrated that companies can achieve outstanding financial performance while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of employees, customers and neighbors.”

Achievements cited by the Akira Inoue Award committee in the selection of Ermentrout include:

  • Attainment of the lowest US OSHA recordable injury rate among member companies of the American Chemistry Council from 2000 to 2003 – at roughly half of the industry average
  • Implementation of a division-wide Basic Safety Process (BSP) which identifies hazardous situations to prevent accidents
  • Provision of turnkey operation of hazardous materials handling at customer sites, minimizing the potential for customers to come into contact with potentially harmful substances resulting in an average 93 percent reduction in incidents per container change since 1998, annual reduction of 8.2 million pounds of hazardous wastes and an additional 20 million pounds of raw material and process gases at the world’s largest specialty gas manufacturing facility
  • Development of a fundamental understanding and advanced process analytical capability in support of nitrogen trifluoride chamber cleaning, which led to a significant reduction of global warming gas emissions
  • Development of a screening procedure that was adopted by the Compressed Gas Association to identify products which should be designated as “Restricted Use” and a process for qualifying potential customers to whom materials should be provided
  • Development and implementation of a Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) system for the Division which was recently approved and adopted by the American Chemistry Council
  • Demanding and receiving the same high level of safety and environmental performance from his teams around the world, regardless of local customs or competitive pressures.


Ermentrout began his career with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in 1975 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program, becoming a sales engineer in 1976. In 1983, he was named business area manager for Standard Plants, and in 1987 became general manager of the Process Industries Department. Appointed general manager for the Electronics Division in 1992, he assumed his current position as vice president and general manager in 1996.

Ermentrout earned a B.S. degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University in 1980.


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