Executive Outlook 2019 – Karen Buchwald Wright

24 February 2020

Karen Buchwald Wright is the president and CEO of Ariel Corp., headquartered in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The company was founded by Jim Buchwald in 1966 to produce a separable, reciprocating gas compressor in the 100 to 200 hp (74.6 to 149 kW) range.

That range expanded over the past five decades, with its compressors included in a variety of applications ranging from 100 to 10,000 bhp. Wright joined the company in 1980 and entered her current role in 2001.

COMPRESSORTECH2 spoke with her about the company’s impact on the gas compression landscape, its future in an evolving marketplace and how its employees meet the challenges of keeping a family business ahead of the curve.

Ariel has been a major player in the gas compression market for decades. How has Ariel maintained its position as a top compressor manufacturer?

Quality is number one throughout the company, in every aspect of the business, starting with design, through materials, manufacturing and assembly. Ariel’s entire workforce gets it that our compressors are built to last for many decades and that everything we do is toward that goal.

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