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Liz Wingenbach Joins Afinitas as Global Culture & People Development Leader

Afinitas Names Liz Wingenbach as Global Director of Culture and People Development                     Experience with talent management and acquisition will help build even stronger global teams

St. Louis — March 26, 2021 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the addition of Liz Wingenbach to its leadership team as Global Director of Culture and People Development. In this role Wingenbach will be responsible for human resources programs and initiatives at Afinitas locations across the globe.

“As our company continues its tremendous growth, we are thrilled to have Liz’s expertise in developing people and processes that are critical to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry, “said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “Simply put, employee satisfaction and a remarkable company culture will help drive our future success, and with Liz’s stewardship we’ll excel at both.”

Wingenbach brings Afinitas almost 15 years of human resources experience in retail, manufacturing, and financial services companies as well as the energy sector, overseeing talent management, talent acquisition, employee development and building strategic HR business partnerships. Most recently she served as Senior Director of HR Business Partnerships at Caleres, a $2.5 billion footwear company based in Clayton, Missouri. In addition to Caleres, Wingenbach also worked in HR management and recruitment at Peabody Energy in St. Louis and as a recruiter for Edward Jones in St. Louis.

She holds a marketing degree from the Kelley School of Business with a minor in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and an MBA from the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.  Wingenbach will be based in St. Louis, where she resides with her husband and three children.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Afinitas,” Wingenbach said. “I’m eager to learn the business and meet the people fueling Afinitas’ growth and dynamic culture.”

 

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.

 

HawkeyePedershaab to Host Webinar on Implementing a Turn-Key Infrastructure to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk of Concrete Equipment in the GCC

March, 23, 2021 - Long-lead construction items involving concrete pipes and box culverts can directly affect the efficient implementation of construction projects in the MENA region, more so as the demand outweighs supply. Join HawkeyePedershaab+BFS on Tuesday 30 March at 4pm (UAE) as Technical Review Middle East hosts a webinar on the key elements in setting up production facilities to deliver precast concrete pipes, manholes and box culverts to large scale construction projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. Register free here https://alaincharlestraining.com/webinar/hp HawkeyePedershaab+BFS’ Torben Mørch, Vice President and Jørn Hoffmann, Executive President will share their expertise on the implementation of a large scale sewerage and storm drain plants where attendees will have the opportunity to analyse how to eliminate bottle-necks and expel non-productive time by using state-of-the-art production equipment. Afinitas companies HawkeyePedershaab+BFS are the world’s leading providers of innovative solutions for the concrete pipe and manhole markets having engineered and executed machine installations in more than 100 countries since 1919. Their vast experience coupled with their engineering and manufacturing abilities enable the supply of precise, robust and long-lasting equipment that produce all types of concrete products, both wet-cast and dry-cast. Register for the webinar at https://alaincharlestraining.com/webinar/hp   For more information, contact Harshita Dakoju at Technical Review Middle East on +9714 4489260 or harshita.dakoju@alaincharles.com  

Stop The Leak in Your Wetcast Production Efficiency: Register for Afinitas Webinar

Please join us February 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. CST for a 40-minute webinar entitled: Stop the Leak in Your Wetcast Production Efficiency. This presentation was created to address the typical wetcast plant setup and its use of manual labor and inconsistent processes that make it nearly impossible to drive productivity and increase ROI. In this webinar, we’ll provide real examples that illustrate how to stop the inefficiencies and profit loss in your wetcast operations with Prima, a new cutting edge automated wetcast system. Prima brings assembly-line efficiency to your plant so you can manage your production like never before. Join Jason Banwart, PE, Afinitas Director of Technical Sales, and Derek Von Cannon, Afinitas Vice-President of Sales, for information that will help you produce more product, better and faster. Register for the webinar.

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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