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30-year Columbia Machine veteran Brown to head CP Division

Sources: Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff

Kevin Brown will succeed Columbia Machine Concrete Products Division President Richard Armstrong, who ahead of a planned retirement will shift through year’s end to director of Business Development for Brazil, Bagging and East (North America) units.

Brown has served in a number of leadership positions and brings extensive product line, application, customer service, and market development experience to his new role. “These are exciting times for our Division,” he says. “Under Richard’s leadership, we have invested heavily in product and market development. We have seen the resulting growth over the last two years and see good potential the rest of this year and into the future.”

“While it is always challenging making a leadership change during times of growth and expansion, we are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Kevin Brown ready,” adds Columbia Machine CEO Rick Goode. “Richard Armstrong has lead two of our Business Units in the last 15 years. Since he announced his desire to retire almost a year ago, we have been working on the transition plan. I am very appreciative that Richard has agreed to stay on full time for the remainder of the year to support our transition and help with a number of business development projects we are currently integrating.”