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Afinitas Announces Leadership Changes

Afinitas Announces Leadership Changes

Stoller, Schmidgall, Strabala and Von Cannon Promoted to New Roles

 

  1. LOUIS — April 3, 2019 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce several organizational changes effective that were effective April 1, 2019.

Dave Stoller has been named Global Vice President of Engineering for Afinitas. In this new position, he will lead engineering activities across the entire Afinitas platform with an emphasis on driving innovation to meet the changing needs of the pipe and precast industry. Stoller has 30 years with HawkeyePedershaab-BFS, the Drycast division of Afinitas, and most recently served as Vice President of Engineering for the Mediapolis, IA, facility.

Aaron Schmidgall has been named President of CAM Products, the newly created concrete accessory products division of Afinitas. He succeeds Jim Wright, a 30-year veteran of the reinforced concrete industry and former owner and CEO of Camsales, Inc. (aka Concrete Accessory Manufacturing), who will continue with the business as Executive Vice President.  In his role as President, Schmidgall will set the strategy and vision for CAM, while overseeing day-to-day operations. A 25-year veteran of HawkeyePedershaab-BFS, he has held many leadership roles within the company, including CFO and COO. Schmidgall most recently served as Vice President of Operations for the Mediapolis, IA, facility.

Dave Strabala has been named Vice President of Sales for CAM Products. Strabala, who has been with HawkeyePedershaab-BFS for 13 years, will be responsible for managing global sales strategy and activities for the division. Prior to this assignment, he led the HawkeyePedershaab-BFS aftermarket sales team in Mediapolis, IA.

Derek Von Cannon has been named Vice President of Sales for the Afinitas Wetcast Division, which includes the newly combined   New Hampton Metal Fab and Spillman Company product lines. In this new assignment, he will oversee the activities of the Wetcast Division sales team and develop strategies to extend the division’s reach and better serve customers. Von Cannon was hired by Spillman in 2018 to serve as National Sales Manager.

“We are extremely proud of the individuals who have been appointed to these leadership roles,” said Brad Schmidgall, CEO of Afinitas. “Their experience, energy and dedication to serving customers and fostering innovation will serve us well as we continue to build offerings that will enrich the industry and provide opportunities for our employees.”

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 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, 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.

Link to Press Release.

For additional information, please contact:

Joan Suda, Global Marketing Leader

joan.suda@afinitas.com

Spillman Company joins with Afinitas’ New Hampton Metal Fab

Merger expands and enhances offerings for customers in the wet-cast concrete market    ST. LOUIS — Oct. 1, 2018 — New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp. (NHMF), an Afinitas company, is excited to announce a combination with the Spillman Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom wet-cast concrete forms. The company is also a provider of precast accessories relating to plastic spacers, magnetic products and automation solutions. This transaction strengthens and expands NHMF’s product portfolio for the wet-cast concrete industry.   Spillman, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is led by President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Coons, who will continue with the combined business.   “We are incredibly excited to partner with New Hampton, and the larger Afinitas organization, and are confident that the combination of our two companies will position us well to provide enriched value and support for our customers,” said Coons. “We have always taken great pride in growing our brand and reputation in the industry, and we strongly believe that this partnership presents an ideal opportunity to expand our business to new markets and customers.”   Afinitas was formed to build out the vision of creating a global, comprehensive, customer-oriented infrastructure equipment and services platform through organic growth and acquisitions. Currently, the platform has three divisions, each with distinct brands, capabilities and leadership teams: HawkeyePedershaab and BFS (dry-cast equipment), NHMF (wet-cast forming) and CAM products (consumables). Spillman represents the second addition to the wet-cast division.   “Spillman offers a premium brand of products that are a natural extension of our current portfolio, while also enhancing the breadth of our offerings to our customers,” said Jamie Wegner, NHMF President. “Coming together allows us to formulate and execute on a vision of building a leading global supplier to the wet-cast industry through a more comprehensive set of solutions.”   Added Nick Wegner, NHMF Vice President: “We are honored and thrilled to welcome such a respected company and team to the New Hampton family. We are excited about the opportunities of leveraging decades of our combined company’s experience to strengthen our ability to provide long-term value to our customers.”  
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. 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, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to afinitas.com. ABOUT NEW HAMPTON METAL FAB New Hampton Metal Fab is a leading designer and manufacturer of form equipment for the pipe and precast industry. New Hampton specializes in manholes, boxes, curb inlets, safety ends, flared ends, specialty form equipment and the Crete Hawg concrete pouring buckets. The business is headquartered in New Hampton, Iowa, and has focused on serving the needs of its customers since 1945. Visit nhmfcorp.comfor more details. ABOUT SPILLMAN COMPANY Spillman Company, founded in 1948, has been an industry leader for manufactured concrete products for the pipe and precast industry. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Spillman produces form equipment, plastic spacers, magnetic products and solutions. Additionally, Spillman is the exclusive North American distributor of Icon composite shear connectors for insulated wall panels. For more information, visit spillmanform.com.

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.”