Afinitas Announces Changes in European Sales Organization

New roles will further deepen Equipment & Automation relationships worldwide

 
ST. LOUIS — October 8, 2020 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce several changes in its European sales organization, which is led by Afinitas President, Daniel Bühler. “We see tremendous opportunities for Afinitas in markets worldwide,” said Bühler. “This new alignment brings our German and Danish sales organizations together enabling our teams to use their vast experience and resources to the fullest to serve our customers and the industry.” The following changes were effective October 1, 2020.

Jørn Hoffman, who currently serves as Sales Vice President, will take on the position of Executive Vice President. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Jørn is one of the world’s foremost experts in global precast markets and building modern concrete pipe and manhole factories. In this role, Jørn will be focused on strengthening the Afinitas global footprint and leading critical, high-priority opportunities and projects across all markets. Prior to joining us, Jørn was one of the founders and Managing Director at machine manufacturer Betodan A/S, where he worked for more than 25 years. He will continue to be based in Denmark.

Torben Mørch, Sales Manager for Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa regions, has been named Sales Vice President and will oversee strategy for all regions outside of the Americas, as well as develop and lead the Afinitas European Equipment & Automation sales team. Torben joined our sales team in Brønderslev in 2007 after serving as a key account manager at Aalborg Portland cement company, where he worked for almost six years. In 2014, Torben and his family moved to the U.S., when he accepted the role of Director of Global Marketing, working out of our Mediapolis, Iowa, location. He and his family moved back to Denmark in 2016 and Torben returned to sales management. He will continue to be based in Denmark.

Michael Weissenfels, who currently serves as Vice President of Sales and Business Development, will also move into an Executive Vice President role, taking on special and complex projects across the globe. Michael brings more than 25 years of experience in the precast concrete industry and has been instrumental in building business in key accounts. Prior to joining the sales team at HawkeyePedershaab in 2014, Michael served as the head of Sales & Marketing at Schluesselbauer for almost 20 years.

“Daniel has developed a solid strategy and organizational structure that positions the Afinitas Equipment & Automation Division for significant growth,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “With the world’s leading equipment and services from HawkeyePedershaab and BFS, and expert sales professionals covering all key areas of the world, we are very optimistic about what the future holds for our company and our team members.” 

ABOUT AFINITAS

The Afinitas platform brings together global leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and support of equipment for the production of precast concrete and infrastructure products. The company is organized into three divisions: Equipment and Automation (representing the HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH brand products); Forming Systems (representing the New Hampton Metal Fabrication and Spillman Company brand products) and Concrete Accessories (representing products from CAM, Hawkeye and Spillman). By combining this expertise, Afinitas strengthens its commitment to providing best-in-class solutions and service for its customers around the world. Afinitas is part of BW Forsyth Partners, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to afinitas.com

ABOUT BW FORSYTH PARTNERS

BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.  Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of its operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit bwforsyth.com.

 
 

Afinitas Forming Systems Division Announces Promotions

New roles strengthen Forming Systems Division Leadership Team

ST. LOUIS, October 7, 2020 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotion of two of its Afinitas Forming Systems Division team members, who will also be added to the division’s leadership team. The current Forming Systems Division leadership team members include Jamie Wegner (President), Nick Wegner (Vice President), and Derek Von Cannon (Vice President of Sales). The Afinitas Forming Systems Division represents the New Hampton Metal Fabrication (New Hampton, IA) and Spillman Company (Columbus, OH) brands. The following changes were effective October 1, 2020. 

Matt Karnes, who is currently the General Manager of the Columbus facility, will serve as Director of Engineering for the Afinitas Forming Systems Division. In his new assignment, Matt will oversee engineering design, systems, processes, and new technology for both the New Hampton and Spillman teams. Matt began his career with Spillman in 2018 as an engineering manager and later that year took on the added responsibilities of General Manager of the Columbus facility. Prior to Spillman, he was a program manager at Rittal Corporation and also worked as a Project Leader for Honda of America Mfg., and a Project Engineer at Barko Hydraulics/Pettibone-Traverse Lift, LLC. Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He will continue to reside in Dublin, OH.

 Mitch Boss, who is currently Manufacturing Leader at New Hampton, will expand his role to become the Afinitas Forming Systems Division Manufacturing Manager. In his new role, Mitch will oversee all manufacturing operations and processes for both New Hampton and Spillman. Mitch has been with New Hampton for 15 years. He started his career building forms and eventually became the Fabrication Team Lead. Mitch went on to become Shop Supervisor/Quality Control Lead before his promotion to Manufacturing Leader in 2018. Prior to joining New Hampton, Mitch worked in quality control with Featherlite Trailers. He will continue to reside in New Hampton, IA.

 “This has been an extraordinary year for us in terms of managing record-breaking orders in the midst of a pandemic,” said Jamie Wegner, Afinitas Forming Systems Division President. “Thanks to the stewardship of leaders like Matt and Mitch, we were able to meet challenges head on and ensure deadlines were met, customers were served, and employees were safe. It gives me great satisfaction to recognize two very skilled individuals who will be able to share their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm with team members across our organization to build the strongest engineering and manufacturing teams in the industry.”

 ABOUT AFINITAS

The Afinitas platform brings together global leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and support of equipment for the production of precast concrete and infrastructure products. The company is organized into three divisions: Equipment and Automation (representing the HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH brand products); Forming Systems (representing the New Hampton Metal Fabrication and Spillman Company brand products) and Concrete Accessories (representing products from CAM, Hawkeye and Spillman). By combining this expertise, Afinitas strengthens its commitment to providing best-in-class solutions and service for its customers around the world. Afinitas is part of BW Forsyth Partners, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to afinitas.com.

 

ABOUT BW FORSYTH PARTNERS

BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.  Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of its operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit bwforsyth.com.

 

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Afinitas, County Materials and Northern Concrete Pipe Make $40,000 Donation to ACPA’s Foundation

Funds will advance concrete technologies and the industry

  ST. LOUIS, MO — July 16, 2020 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, in partnership with County Materials Corporation and Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc., made a combined donation of $40,000 to the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA)’s Research and Education Foundation during its annual meeting (held virtually) on May 4 and 5. The donation is part of Afinitas’ new Industry Advantage Awards Program and was made as an “Oliver Delery Pledge,” which means 100 percent of the donation will be used for programs that will advance the industry’s market share.

The Industry Advantage Awards Program, which Afinitas piloted with County Materials and Northern Concrete Pipe, was developed as a way for precast concrete industry members to unite in a common mission of advancing the industry and the next generation of concrete producers. The goal of the program is to encourage investment in new equipment and technologies that will benefit the industry. When producers purchase Afinitas equipment that results in efficiencies, increased product quality or savings, Afinitas will donate a percentage of the sale to the industry association of the producer’s choice.  As proud ACPA members, County Materials and Northern Concrete Pipe, who both purchased new Afinitas equipment this year, graciously matched Afinitas’ two $10,000 donations to provide the ACPA with a combined total donation of $40,000 for its foundation.

“This group’s Oliver Delery Pledge honors one of our industry’s more passionate members who we lost this last year,” says Kim Spahn, President of the ACPA’s Research and Education Foundation. “As a personal friend and mentor, I know how grateful Oliver would have been for such a generous donation.  I speak on behalf of both the ACPA and the industry when I say thank you to Afinitas, County Materials, and Northern Concrete Pipe for your contribution.”

“We know the work of ACPA is vital, as it is a driving force behind improvements, research and development, education, regulations, and so much more that advances the industry,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “We are honored to offer this program and support   ACPA in its mission to further our industry’s growth and viability through its valuable programming and resources.”

County Materials, headquartered in Marathon, WI, has partnered with Afinitas to install equipment for several pipe plant upgrades in recent years to increase capacity. “We are proud to support ACPA in conducting the important research and education they do to ensure that concrete pipe remains the product of choice used in building our nation’s infrastructure,” said Tim Sonnentag, President of County Materials. “We know the work they do will help the engineering community understand the many advantages of using the most durable and resilient drainage pipe on the market.”

Similarly, Northern Concrete Pipe, headquartered in Bay City, MI, has made significant investments in equipment that will increase efficiencies and productivity.

“We are committed to supporting ACPA in its efforts across our nation,” said Bill Washabaugh, President of Northern Concrete Pipe. “As part of the ACPA Executive Committee, I witness firsthand the important work they do, and it motivates us to do even more to help them help the people of our industry become stronger. As we face future challenges relating to labor, the economy, and plastic pipe, our support ensures that our industry partners receive the necessary tools and hands-on training needed to succeed.”

As producers nationwide continue to invest in new technologies from Afinitas, the company hopes to expand its awards program and make even more funding available to benefit the industry.

 

ABOUT COUNTY MATERIALS CORPORATION

County Materials Corporation is proud to celebrate nearly 75 years in business. The family-owned, American-based manufacturing company is an industry leader and trusted resource for concrete construction and landscape products, supplying products for growing communities across the country. Its headquarters are in Marathon, WI, where it was founded in 1946. The company employs more than 1,500 people in 40 locations throughout six states including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Florida. Follow County Materials Corporation on LinkedIn for updates about the company’s latest concrete innovations and charitable activities. For more information visit www.countymaterials.com.

 

ABOUT NORTHERN CONCRETE PIPE

Since 1958, Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc. has been a leader in the precast concrete industry. Its production, engineering, sales, and distribution staff operate from five manufacturing facilities located in Michigan and one in Ohio. Northern manufactures and distributes concrete products that support critical infrastructure.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CONCRETE PIPE ASSOCIATION

 The American Concrete Pipe Association was originally conceived in 1907 by a small group of concrete farm drain tile manufacturers as the Interstate Cement Tile Manufacturers Association in Ames, Iowa. The group needed some means of exchanging ideas and establishing a high quality, standardized products. In 1914, the organization was renamed the American Concrete Pipe Association. Throughout the 20th century, the concrete pipe industry has experienced tremendous growth. As more and more people moved from farms to cities, it created increased demand for concrete sewer and drainage products. The introduction of the automobile and subsequent highway development extended the uses of concrete pipe storm drains and culverts. There are currently over 400 plants operated by ACPA members in the United States and Canada. Over 40 countries are represented in the membership of the American Concrete Pipe Association. ACPA’s international headquarters are located in Irving, Texas USA.

Afinitas Announces Promotions Within Its Equipment and Forming Systems Divisions

Changes will align teams, provide growth opportunities and more service to customers

ST. LOUIS — June 16, 2020 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotions of three team members.

Jason Banwart, who is currently the Pre-Sales and Applications Engineering Leader at Afinitas company HawkeyePedershaab in Mediapolis, IA, has been promoted to Director of Technical Sales for both the Afinitas Equipment & Automation and Forming Systems Divisions. Banwart has been with the company for 10 years and has worked in a variety of design and project engineering roles. For the past three years he led the Inside Sales and Applications Engineering Team. Banwart has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is licensed in the state of Iowa as a Professional Engineer. He will continue to be based out of Mediapolis.

Randy Ellingson, who is currently an Afinitas Forming Systems Sales/Quotations Specialist, has been promoted to Forming Systems Quoting Leader/Sales. Ellingson joined Afinitas company New Hampton Metal Fab in 2018. He has served in numerous positions in manufacturing and construction, including as General Manager at ABCO Manufacturing; Project Manager, Costing Manager and Cost Accountant/Estimator at Featherlite Trailers; and as an Architectural Estimator, Production Supervisor and Project Manager at Calmar Manufacturing. Ellingson also has experience in drafting, heavy equipment operation, carpentry and as a semi-tractor-trailer operator. In 2017 he earned a University of Iowa Professional Development Project Management Certificate and also has a diploma in Architectural and Construction Drafting from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA, and a diploma in Carpentry from Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, IA. Ellingson will continue to be based in New Hampton, IA.

Reed Finch, who joined HawkeyePedershaab in Mediapolis in 2019 as an outside sales trainee in the Equipment and Automation Division, has been promoted to Western Region Sales Manager for the Afinitas Forming Systems Division. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2018 with a degree in Economics and spent time interning with the team in Mediapolis while he was in college. Finch will be based out of Denver, CO.

“Each of these team members has contributed to our strong performance and growth,” said Derek Von Cannon, Afinitas Vice President of Sales for the Americas. “It is great to recognize them not only for their unique strengths but for the vision they share in making our company a great place to work and a great company to do business with. We look forward to their future leadership and the many ways they will positively impact Afinitas and the precast concrete industry.”

 

Derek Von Cannon Promoted to Vice President of Sales, Americas

 St. Louis, MO – May 20, 2020 –  Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Derek Von Cannon to Vice President of Sales for the Americas. In his newly expanded role, Von Cannon, who most recently served as Vice President of Sales for the Afinitas Forming Systems division, will now also oversee North American sales operations for the company’s Equipment and Automation division (which includes HawkeyePedershaab and BFS equipment). The change was effective May 11, 2020. Von Cannon replaces Matt Childs, who recently accepted a position with Turner Company in Rhome, TX.

“Anyone who knows Derek, knows that he is a strong leader with a laser focus on customer satisfaction, which has led to record-breaking performance for our Forming Systems division,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “His energy and strategic vision will serve him well as he and his team deliver the most advanced concrete technologies available to an even wider customer base.”

 

Von Cannon joined Afinitas as part of the Spillman acquisition in 2018. Spillman is a leading designer and manufacturer of precast forms and provider of concrete accessories. He was promoted to Vice President in 2019 to lead sales across the newly established Afinitas Forming Systems division comprised of the merged New Hampton Metal Fabrication and Spillman companies. Prior to Afinitas, Von Cannon worked in sales for 15 years for a drainage systems company. He is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

 

“It’s an honor to lead this team of experts in precast products and services, and I am thankful for the confidence placed in me,” said Von Cannon. “Combining their experience and know-how with our strong Afinitas equipment and forming brands, means more innovation, resources and ease of doing business with us. I am excited to work closely with our sales teams to provide solutions that will boost business for our customers and strengthen our industry.”

 

ABOUT AFINITAS

The Afinitas platform brings together global leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and support of equipment for the production of precast concrete and infrastructure products. By combining the expertise of HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, New Hampton Metal Fabrication, LLC., Spillman and CAM Products, Afinitas strengthens its commitment to providing best-in-class solutions and service for its customers around the world. Afinitas is part of BW Forsyth Partners, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to afinitas.com.

 

ABOUT BW FORSYTH PARTNERS

BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller.  Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of its operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit bwforsyth.com.Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Derek Von Cannon to Vice President of Sales for the Americas. In his newly expanded role, Von Cannon, who most recently served as Vice President of Sales for the Afinitas Forming Systems division, will now also oversee North American sales operations for the company’s Equipment and Automation division (which includes HawkeyePedershaab and BFS equipment). The change was effective May 11, 2020. Von Cannon replaces Matt Childs, who recently accepted a position with Turner Company in Rhome, TX.