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.

Afinitas COVID-19 Statement

Afinitas Business Continuity and COVID-19 Statement

 Dear Industry Partners,

Our Afinitas family of brands, including HawkeyePedershaab, BFS, New Hampton Metal Fabrication, Spillman Company and CAM Products, is committed to ensuring the utmost in safety while continuing to support our industry during evolving circumstances surrounding the coronavirus.  In this regard, we would like to inform you that all of our global offices and factories are open, and we are conducting business with attention to the following:

  • We are working in accordance with all international and local government restrictions, requirements, and recommendations.
  • We have implemented requirements within our company to safeguard our team members and their families, as well as our customers and partners during all interactions.
  • We are focused on fulfilling our customer commitments and needs regarding delivery and installation of new equipment, as well as service, spare parts and accessories for your existing equipment and projects.
  • As a global, multinational company we have plans in place to shift Technical and Customer Service needs, whether through virtual means or transferring work to other locations, to sustain business and meet your requirements should we face unexpected events in a particular region.
  • Additionally, our equipment business is supported by a global supply chain and production capability with locations in the USA, Denmark, Germany and India and by flexing our engineering and production capacity resources, we can supply the required equipment and parts to our customers without interruption.
  • While we are limiting non-essential travel, for any of our team members that you may receive at your facility, we can provide travel history and confirmation that they do not display symptoms of the virus and that they are fit for work according to our company and governmental regulations.

Be assured we are here to support you through this concerning period. This is the value of partnering with Afinitas, a global company that can always take care of you locally. In addition, Afinitas is backed by our parent company, Barry-Wehmiller, a privately held, 135-year-old, $3+ billion global firm. Given the strength of our company, we do not anticipate delays or interruptions in our business, however, should an issue arise, we are committed to responding with integrity and creativity to minimize disruption.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of your order or upcoming service needs, please contact your usual sales or service representative.

We appreciate your support during this challenging time and look forward to working with you to keep serving the needs of our industry. We view it as our patriotic duty in these uncertain times to keep our factories running and the gears of industry turning in the countries and economies we operate in and will do everything possible to empower our talented team members to utilize their gifts in supplying world-class equipment and service.

Best regards,

 Brad Schmidgall

Afinitas CEO

Matt Childs Named Sales Vice President of Americas

ST. LOUIS — Oct. 11, 2019 —

 Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Childs to Vice President of Sales for the Americas for its HawkeyePedershaab-BFS equipment and automation sales organization. The change was effective October 1, 2019.

 “Matt is a well-respected leader known throughout our industry,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “We are excited that he will be able to share his vast experience, engineering expertise and knack for solving tough challenges with our industry partners in all regions of the Americas.” 

 A fourth-generation family member of the concrete pipe industry, Childs began his career as a laborer making concrete pipe nearly three decades ago. Several years later he would put his knowledge of concrete manufacturing and engineering to work at the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), where he served for 17 years, 12 as organization president. One of his proudest accomplishments at ACPA was increasing the technical marketing in the precast concrete pipe and box culvert industry in North America. Childs joined HawkeyePedershaab in 2017 as Vice President of Sales for North America. In his new role, in addition to North America, his management responsibilities will also include equipment and automation sales in South America. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Baylor University and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington. Childs is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and is based in Dallas where he lives with his wife and two children. 

Also, as part of this organizational change, Darrell Haar, who previously held responsibility for South American sales, has transitioned to the role of Executive Vice President of Sales (EVP), retaining oversight of the China and India markets. Haar, who has been a leader in the HawkeyePedershaab sales organization for nearly 30 years, will be focusing on key sales opportunities and accounts on a global basis.   

“I am honored to take on this new role and continue to work with sales leaders like Darrell Haar, an icon in our industry, who has been a great mentor to me.  Representing HawkeyePedershaab-BFS and the depth of solutions and expertise that comes with being part of the Afinitas platform makes servicing our customers so rewarding.” said Matt Childs. “With our combined strengths, we are confident we have the know-how to tackle just about any challenge in any region. For me, it’s exciting to bring our trusted brands to more producers and countries who will benefit from stronger infrastructure.”  

 

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.