Merrell named chairman of the board

Jay Merrell

Jay Merrell

Jay Merrell, vice president of Norplex-Micarta and Industrial Dielectrics, Inc. of Noblesville, began his two-year term as chairman of the board of American Composite Manufacturers Association on July 11.

Merrell has served as chair of ACMA’s Finance Committee and Government Affairs Committee, participated in the association’s National Lobby Day since 2008 and been a member of the Political Action Committee since 2010. He was elected to the ACMA Board of Directors two years ago and served as president elect/treasurer. During his two-year term as chairman of the board, his goal is to help the association grow the marketplace through its Composites Growth Initiative committees, educate members on best practices and influence regulatory and legislative issues that impact composites.

“The benefit and beauty of ACMA is you are not alone,” Merrell said. “You meet other people with similar ideas and problems, and you work together as a group to further the composites industry. Through the strength of many, we have accomplished much. We will continue to work together to open new markets for composites through our Composites Growth Initiative and to secure the future of our industry on Capitol Hill.”

Merrell is the executive vice president of IDI, which manufacturers electrically insulating materials with plants in seven global locations. He attended Purdue University for undergraduate and postgraduate and has worked full-time for the family business since 1982. Merrell has spent most of his life as a resident of Noblesville, living only two years outside of Hamilton County. He also is active with Boy Scouting, church activities, Legacy Fund and family travel. Merrell is married to Anne and they have four children.