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HawkeyePedershaab announces formation of Afinitas parent company

MEDIAPOLIS, Iowa — Aug. 1, 2018HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc., a leading global manufacturer of capital equipment for the production of concrete pipe and manholes, is pleased to announce the formation of Afinitas, its new parent company. Since 2017, HawkeyePedershaab has been building out the vision of creating a global, comprehensive, customer-oriented infrastructure equipment and services platform, acquiring New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., based in New Hampton, Iowa; BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, based in Blaubeuren, Germany; and, most recent, CAM Sales Inc., based in Ludington, Michigan.   The formation of Afinitas (pronounced “uh-FINN-it-oss”) supports the strength of each of these individual companies in the marketplace, while offering a unifying umbrella. The name Afinitas is a derivation of the Latin word for alliance, underscoring both the lasting relationships between each company and its customers, as well as the synergistic potential unleashed through the alignment of these entities.   “Even though these companies have only been together under one umbrella for a short time, I’m extremely pleased and energized by the new opportunities that have been unlocked for the group and our customers,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas President. “We’re seeing multiple examples where we’ve been able to leverage the service reach and sales network of one company to provide new and value-added solutions for the customers of another.”   More than 350 team members in eight global locations are part of the growing Afinitas platform, which aims to connect the world through infrastructure via mindful expansion. Currently, the platform has three divisions, each with distinct brands, capabilities and leadership teams: —HawkeyePedershaab and BFS (dry-cast equipment) —New Hampton Metal Fab (wet-cast forming) —CAM products (consumables)   “In addition to providing value and benefits for our customers, our vision for Afinitas is equally about using the scale, breadth and diversity of the platform to provide stability and security for our team members,” said Mike Kiefer, Afinitas Vice President of Finance. “We’ll never be able to completely avoid the cyclical nature of the markets we serve, but our exposure to an increased diversity of end products and geographies mitigates this risk to a significant degree. We want to foster a stable environment in which our team members can thrive.”   “Going forward, we will continue to thoughtfully and carefully build out the Afinitas platform with a mix of organic growth and strategic acquisitions,” said Ryan Gable, Afinitas Chairman and CEO. “As we execute our strategy, we will ensure that our organization will continue to grow in its ability to innovate, care for customers and provide development opportunities for our team members.”   ABOUT HAWKEYEPEDERSHAAB CONCRETE TECHNOLOGIES INC. & BFS BETONFERTIGTEILESYSTEME GMBH HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH are the leading global manufacturers of capital equipment for the production of concrete pipe and manholes. With operations in Mediapolis, Iowa, Brønderslev, Denmark, and Blaubeuren, Germany, HawkeyePedershaab and BFS offer a full range of customer solutions for manufacturers of concrete pipes, manholes and other precast products, ranging from wet-cast forms and stand-alone production machines to fully automated plants incorporating the latest robotics and control technology. Working closely with concrete product manufacturers to design efficient and modern production facilities, together, these companies have the largest global installed base of equipment in operation. For more information about HawkeyePedershaab and BFS, which are part of the Afinitas platform, visit hpct.com and hp-bfs.de. 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 Corp. and CAM Sales Inc., 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, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to afinitas.com.   Link to Afinitas Press Release.

HawkeyePedershaab merges with CAM Sales

MEDIAPOLIS, Iowa – May 15, 2018 — HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce its acquisition of CAM Sales, Inc. CAM Sales is the leading manufacturer of pre-fabricated shear steel stirrup assemblies for concrete pipe, box culverts and other concrete structures. CAM is also a leading manufacturer of reinforcement accessories and provider of precast concrete production equipment in North America. This acquisition allows HawkeyePedershaab to expand its range of product offerings to the concrete industry. Headquartered in Ludington, Michigan, CAM Sales is led by James Wright, who will continue with the business. “We are pleased to partner with HawkeyePedershaab, who is committed to providing continued support to our customers and enhancing all aspects of our business. We are confident that our strong brand and reputation, combined with the scale of the HawkeyePedershaab platform, will allow us to further establish CAM as the premier manufacturer of reinforcement accessories for the concrete industry,” stated James Wright, President of CAM Sales. BW Forsyth Partners acquired HawkeyePedershaab in September 2016, with the goal of building the market-leading supplier of equipment and solutions for the precast concrete industry through organic growth and acquisitions. Brad Schmidgall, HawkeyePedershaab President stated, “CAM Sales brings a highly regarded brand of products that are both complementary and a natural extension to our current offerings and allows us to continue to execute on our strategic vision to further enhance our ability to provide a broader set of capabilities to meet our customers’ needs.”

HawkeyePedershaab merges with BFS

The partnership broadens our company’s product lines and geographic reach. HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce its merger with BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH. Through this partnership with BFS, HawkeyePedershaab will expand its presence in the concrete pipe and manhole machinery segment, and offer new product lines serving the pressure pipe, manhole, pole plant, and block and paver end-markets. Headquartered in Blaubeuren, Germany, BFS is co-led by industry veterans Daniel Bühler and Klaus Mueller, who will continue with the business. “BFS has a history of developing and producing high quality prefabricated concrete-production machinery,” stated Daniel Bühler, Managing Director of BFS. “Combining with HawkeyePedershaab greatly enhances the solutions we can offer to our collective customer bases.” Klaus Mueller, Managing Director of BFS, added: “I look forward to combining our two companies’ decades of experience in pursuit of continued innovation and strong customer service to the precast industry.” “BFS’s products, and diverse customers and applications, strengthen HawkeyePedershaab’s vision of building a leading global supplier of production equipment for the precast concrete industry,” stated Brad Schmidgall, President of HawkeyePedershaab. “Our companies know each other well, and we are honored to be unifying our teams and sharing our people-centric culture.”

Matt Childs Awarded ASTM Litehiser Award

21687126_1936142893314588_1746921714490622304_oThe Robert R. Litehiser Memorial Award is presented to a member of Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe who has performed outstanding work in the field of the committee's activity. At the annual ASTM C 13 meeting our V.P. of North American Sales, Matt Childs, was awarded the Litehiser Award! Additionally, long time customer and friend, Bill Washabaugh, owner of Northern Concrete Pipe, won the Heger Award. Congratulations to both Matt Childs and Bill Washabaugh!

Announcing our first ever WHY Award Recipient: Kyle Millizer

Our WHY21316174_1927281580867386_3929347096695042727_o Statement: We Build Lasting Relationships to Unleash Potential and Enrich Lives At this fall's company picnic in Mediapolis,  our first ever WHY Award was given to Kyle Millizer, who exemplifies what HawkeyePedershaab stands for. We sat down with Kyle to learn more about him. When did you start at HP, and what was your first role with the company? January 2016. CNC Machining. When you are not at work, what are some of your favorite things to do? Spend time with my daughter and my wife. Whenever I’m not doing that I’m driving my mustang, working in the garage or playing some video games. Kyle’s Most fond memory with HP thus far: Getting to go to St. Louis to be part of the group that came up with our company’s WHY statement. It was just incredible to be a part of something so important and to get to meet and spend time with people from all areas of our company including our Denmark teammates.   Congratulations to Kyle on being selected as the first ever WHY Award recipient!