HawkeyePedershaab and MBK to renew partnership

      HawkeyePedershaab and MBK renew partnership 1 November 2012 MBK, the world’s leading manufacturer of reinforcement cage machinery, has arrived at an agreement with HawkeyePedershaab, the world’s leading manufacturer of concrete pipe machinery, to renew their former partnership in the North American marketpl ace; whereas MBK will purchase the rights to the HawkeyePedershaab Cageflex product line and its associated technologies and HawkeyePedershaab will exclusively sell MBK cage machinery moving forward. From 1990 to Dec. 2008, HawkeyePedershaab served as the sales agent for MBK in the US marketplace as well as providing service and support to all MBK cage machinery in North America and as a result of this successful cooperation, HawkeyePedershaab sold over 100 MBK machines into the US marketplace. Once completed, HawkeyePedershaab will return to their role as principle sales agent for MBK cage machinery in North America. In addition, as part of the Cageflex purchase agreement, HawkeyePedershaab and MBK will operate the US-based service and parts subsidiary, MBK USA, based out of Burlington, Iowa, as a joint venture between the two companies. “We are very pleased with this arrangement,” commented MBK Commercial Director Giel Janssen, “with the acquisition of Cageflex and its underlying technologies, we will be able to strengthen what is already a very robust line of cage machinery. MBK is also looking forward to returning to cooperation with HawkeyePedershaab – they have been the leaders inNorth Americafor many years and are known for their strong service reputation.” HawkeyePedershaab Sales VP, Brad Schmidgall, was also very enthusiastic about the arrangement. “We enjoyed a long and successful history of working with MBK and we look forward to working together again.   With this new partnership, I am also excited about the prospect of providing our markets in the future with even stronger products and better service than we, collectively, are able to offer today.” Initially, all customer service calls and parts requests for the Cageflex machinery globally will be routed and handled through HawkeyePedershaab at their US & Danish headquarters until a yet-to-be-determined date in the future when those responsibilities will be switched over to MBK USA. Likewise, all MBK customers will continue to work directly with MBK USA for parts and service. MBK, headquartered in Kisslegg, BW, Germany, was founded in 1961 by Georg Pfender and today is still owned and operated by the Pfender Family. HawkeyePedershaab, dual headquartered inMediapolis,IA,USAandBronderslev,Denmark, was founded in 1915 and is owned by Kohlberg & Co.