MANUFACTURERS – January 2022

Afinitas has named Kirk Schall as Concrete Accessories Division president, succeeding Aaron Schmidgall, who will remain in a strategic advisory role. Prior to Afinitas, Schall held a wide range of roles at DuPont including operations, strategy, sales, and business leadership. Most recently he led MECS Inc., the global leader in sulfuric acid technology and a wholly-owned DuPont Clean Technologies subsidiary.…

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Afinitas adds Amifast to Concrete Accessories Division

Sources: Afinitas, St. Louis, Mo.; CP staff Afinitas has closed on Liberty Hill, Texas-based Amifast, a leading source of premium fasteners, lifting inserts and related accessories to the precast concrete and construction industries. Acquired from RoX Capital, a shareholder since 2017, the business brings the Afinitas Concrete Accessories Division a proven track record of global sourcing and custom manufacturing to…

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MANUFACTURERS – December 2021

St. Louis-based manufactured concrete plant equipment specialist Afinitas has announced two promotions: Forming Systems Division Director of Engineering Matt Karnes is transitioning to the corporate engineering team as principal engineer of Product Development, a newly created position reporting to Afinitas Global Vice-President of Engineering Dave Stoller. In his most recent capacity, Karnes served as general manager and engineering manager of…

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Hawkeye Concrete’s Hank Schmidgall, 1926-2021

Source: Afinitas, St. Louis Hawkeye Concrete Technologies founder Hartzell Henry “Hank” Schmidgall, 95, died September 22 at his Mediapolis, Iowa home. He launched the concrete pipe and precast machinery business in 1949, following a World War II tour in the Merchant Marines. One of his most well-known innovations is the Pipemaster, the concept for which originated in 1956 as he…

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Afinitas unveils new structure, elevates Equipment & Automation Division’s Bühler

圣路易斯Afinitas对齐的混凝土plant equipment, services and technologies platform into three, solution-focused business units defined by the customers and markets they serve. By grouping the HawkeyePedershaab, BFS, New Hampton Metal Fabrication, Spillman Co. and CAM Products brands, the new structure enables Afinitas to better address precast concrete producer needs with more sales, engineering, technology and customer…

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MANUFACTURERS – DECEMBER 2020

St. Louis-based manufactured-concrete plant equipment leader Afinitas has promoted two team members to leadership roles in the Forming Systems Division, encompassing the New Hampton Metal Fabrication, New Hampton, Iowa, and Spillman Co., Columbus, Ohio businesses. Columbus General Manager Matt Karnes will serve as the division’s director of Engineering, overseeing both brands’ systems, processes, engineering design, and new technology. He joined…

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MANUFACTURERS – JULY 2020

Hawaiian Cementhas unveiled plans for a $6.5 million shipping facility along Pier 2 in Kahului Harbor, doubling cement storage capacity to 6,000 tons. As noted in aMaui Newsreport, the project will carry into 2021 and entail construction of two 90-ft. silos, a 1,750-sq.-ft. warehouse, truck loading area, plus equipment and bagging rooms. Two new underground pipelines will connect the new silos to Pier 3.

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MANUFACTURERS – APRIL 2020

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St. Louis-basedAfinitashas appointed Dan Hodel as senior automation engineer, reporting to Dave Stoller, vice president of Global Engineering. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience withJohnson Gasof Cedar Rapids, Iowa; as a concrete curing division combustion engineer, he oversaw design, technical support, sales and marketing for pipe, prestressed, precast, block, paver and roof tile applications. Hodel also worked as an automation engineer for Advance Interface Solutions and process engineer for Eli Lilly.

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