It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of PPI’s founder, Chris Gass, on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Chris was an icon of the industry and an inspiration to many.

We ask now for time to grieve this incredible loss, as he will be missed greatly as a leader, family member, and friend.

Chris Gass
June 30, 1957 - September 23, 2023

Chris Gass
June 30, 1957 – September 23, 2023

Chris’ obituary can be viewed here.

Please rest assured that PPI will continue Chris’ commitment to you, our customers and vendors, and to innovation in our industry.

If you have thoughts, comments, or condolences you’d like to share, feel free to do so below.

Thank you,

The PPI Team

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10 Response Comments

  • Robert MolishSeptember 27, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Chris was an ICONIC Man in our industry.
    I will miss you forever.
    You are my PAL!

    • Extremely dear friendOctober 2, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      Robert, I had no idea. Saw the announcement on your webpage. I loved Chris. Unconditionally. I have so many fond memories over the past 60 sum years.. I am sick to my stomach. You are a great guy Robert, you will need to be strong for Sue, your wife Linda, Beth and Bill as well as Dick. I wish Sue the best. Eventually I will contact you.

      – Your friend

  • Marty Kruszynski , Marty's Classic Machinery Inc.September 29, 2023 at 10:05 am

    My deepest condolences to Chris’s family and friends. Although I never met him in person, I dealt with him by phone & email for decades and we respected one another very much. There is no doubt his presence will be missed. But be rest assured he always be in your hearts. God bless.

  • Roderick JordanSeptember 30, 2023 at 10:16 am

    As a vendor I had the opportunity to work closely with Chris, Robert and the PPI family. This one cuts me deeply because over the years I saw him as a trusted friend who called me by first name Rod. He was caring, patient and a great human being.

    Condolences to his wife Linda, Rob, his family and the entire PPI family and customers. May you Rest In Peace my brother

  • Mike BaileyOctober 1, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Chris was certainly a committed and dedicated individual. I have known Chris and his family meaning Bill and Rob going on three decades now. I miss the old times getting together at industry events especially the AHR event catching up and an occasional card game. Chris will be missed by so many. My prayers and condolences go out to the entire PPI family.

  • JOHN DEDICOctober 2, 2023 at 9:28 am

    This hurts. Chris was a great guy to work with. Reliable. Straightforward. He made it a pleasure to work together by being reasonable and personable. I really appreciated that he took the time to show his oyster hobby. He was a great role model for how to do business together and I learned alot from him. He left big shoes to fill. Deepest condolences and best wishes to the PPI friends and family.

  • Tim RahmanianOctober 2, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Having worked with PPI for many years now, every interaction I’ve had with Chris was always positive. He always had great energy about him and is a very respectable man for the great reputable company and team he’s built. Sending our love to the entire PPI family during these hard times, may his memory always be a blessing and may he always watch over his beloved family.

  • Tammy PilkertonOctober 3, 2023 at 5:55 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope it helps to know that so many in the community are praying for you and Sue and the Gass and PPI extended family. Tammy Guy Pilkerton, Clements.

  • Bonnie TitusOctober 3, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Although it’s been more than 10 years since I have worked at Production Products, Inc., I am still very saddened by this news and offer my deepest condolences to the family for their loss. Chris was a wonderful man; He and Susan were great people to work for and a testament to what true love is. I am thankful to have had the time that I did with them during my period of employment at PPI and owe them a lot of thanks for being the starting point of my career.

  • Allen DavisOctober 12, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    I am saddened and grieve with the family and Production Products. I have been a proud friend of Chris and Susan for 40+
    years and will always treasure knowing the innovative impact he had on the industry and the influence he had on all around him in his travels. My heart goes out to Susan ,Rob & Linda , Bill , Dick and the rest of the family at this time.
    All thoughts are with yall.