Dan Norrgran, 59, manager-minerals and materials processing and heavy industries for Eriez, passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 16, 2012. Norrgran was hired in 1985 as a Technical Representative in the Sales Department, coming from Anaconda Minerals in Tucson, Ariz., where he served as technical manager ‒ beneficiation applications and supervisor of the mineral beneficiation laboratory. He was active throughout Anaconda’s mining/milling operations – successfully reducing production costs by controlling operating expenses and increasing mineral recovery. Prior to that, he worked with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Twin Cities, Minn., as a minerals engineer. He participated in the engineering development of high-intensity magnetic separators and developed a novel process for treating silver-manganese ores with high-intensity magnetics.
A native Minnesotan, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Hamline University in St. Paul, and a master’s in Mineral Engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where the emphasis of his work was on the electrostatic and high intensity magnetic separation of paramagnetic minerals. He then earned his MBA from Penn State University. He was a prolific writer, authoring dozens of technical papers on magnetic separation advancements which were published in professional trade journals around the world.
Norrgran was employed at Eriez for 27 years, most recently serving as manager of the minerals and materials processing division, where he traveled worldwide in growing the company’s global equipment sales to the mining, coal processing, industrial minerals and other related industries into Eriez’ largest-served markets. He was a respected member of several professional associations including the Canadian Institute of Metallurgy, the International Minerals Association and the Society of Mining Engineers, where he served as National Committee Chairman.
In 2004, he received Eriez’ highest honor, Person of the Year, in recognition for “managing the Mineral Processing Division to its present key position within our Worldwide Operations.” Talented, intelligent and caring, Norrgran truly lived the inscription on today’s Special Recognition plaques:You make Eriez a better place for all of us.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, and son, Nathan. Cards may be sent to The Norrgran Family, 4435 Neptune Drive, Erie, PA 16506. Memorial contributions may be sent to a local animal shelter of one’s choice or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.