Hamilton Form Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, has appointed Peter Ollmann as president, overseeing the 50-year old manufacturer of custom steel forms and plant production equipment for precast/prestressed concrete. He joins Hamilton Form after 12 years as president of Meier, a Cretex company specializing in high precision metal stamping for electronics manufacturers, defense contractors and medical technologies. Prior to Meier, he was vice president of Operations for Hutchinson Technology Inc. Ollman holds a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
He succeeds William F. Daily, who will remain in a consulting role. “Bill has been the driving force behind Hamilton Form’s success for almost 50 years,” says Ollmann. “My mission is to build on the success he has achieved at Hamilton Form and position the company to grow and succeed for the next 50 years.”
“[Peter Ollmann] has a proven track record of successfully managing high quality manufacturing companies and I am confident that his strategic planning and strong leadership skills will drive Hamilton Form forward in the future,” Daily affirms.
BHS-Sonthofen Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has appointed Mike Kerins as Mixing sales manager. He joins the plant mixer specialist with 10-plus years’ experience at Cemex and Pavestone, where he attained National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, American Concrete Institute, plus North Carolina and South Carolina Departments of Transportation certifications. Kerins has managed the design, start-up, operation and quality control of plants throughout the U.S. In addition to sales and technical support, he will oversee the increased stocking of mixers and spare parts in the Charlotte facility to accelerate deliveries. Kerins can be reached at 704/845-1190, [email protected].
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has named Midwest Industrial Supply in Canton, Ohio, as an approved road and yard dust control product source, joining more than 150 other suppliers PCI recognizes for assisting and improving plant or construction operations. Midwest Industrial underscores the importance of road and yard dust control in light of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule tightening crystalline silica exposure in general industry and contruction workplaces. By recognizing the efficacy of Midwest’s silica dust control programs and the company’s overall achievements in the dust control space, company officials note, PCI aims to provide producer members a resource for OSHA rule compliance, increased worker safety, and better worksite efficiency.
East Manufacturing in Randolph, Ohio, has named Bill Wallace as Platform product manager, in addition to his current Northeast regional sales manager post. A 32-year East veteran, he will oversee all flatbed and drop deck trailer sales. Wallace will be working throughout North America to develop and grow the East platform business. In addition, he will be responsible for product development and quality assurance.
Separately, East Manufacturing has appointed Chris Cooler as Dump Trailers product manager, in addition to his duties as Mid-South regional manager. In his new role, he will oversee all dump trailers and truck dump bodies. Cooler’s extensive product line knowledge dates to 1992, when he became manager of Production Engineering.
Richland, Miss.-based Old River Truck Sales recently acquired three Mack Trucks dealer locations along the Interstate 10 corridor in southern Louisiana. The company now has six locations serving customers in the region. The new facilities are located in Lake Charles; St. Rose, a New Orleans suburb; and Breaux Bridge, serving the Lafayette area. The acquisition added 92 employees, including 23 service technicians, and more than 115,500 square feet of facility and shop space. The new locations join the headquarters plus Laurel, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., locations.
Randy Wingenroth has been appointed Palfinger vice president of Operations for Business Area North America. He succeeds Michael Berger, who will return to Palfinger headquarters in Austria to head corporate human resources. Wingenroth brings more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles related to operations, strategic sourcing, supply chain management and lean manufacturing. He will work with Mark Woody, vice president of Sales, to lead the North American business.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Paymeon Inc. will enter the concrete reinforcement market in a deal for privately-held Rockstar Acquisitions LLC, which leverages its intellectual property, technology and processes to produce basalt fiber reinforced polymer, reportedly 80 percent lighter and three times stronger than conventional rebar. Rockstar products are the first of their kind to be used in conjunction with the construction of projects that formerly were exclusively steel, company officials note. Among them is the Innovation Bridge, a 70-ft. University of Miami campus crossing erected in 2016 and designed to Florida Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers standards.
“We see Rockstar products as disruptors of today’s modern steel industry and believe their characteristics will create a paradigm shift in construction,” says Paymeon Director Vincent Celentano. “Given the expected increase in infrastructure spending, Rockstar is well positioned to participate in what is expected to be a high-growth industry by offering its green technology solutions, which compare favorably with steel in many aspects.”
Through wholly owned subsidiary CMC Steel Fabricators Inc., Commercial Metals Co. of Irving, Texas, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Continental Concrete Structures, Inc., an Alpharetta, Ga., fabricator of post-tensioning cable and related products for commercial and public construction projects. In addition, CCS provides professional design and value engineering services to the construction industry throughout North America.
CCS has an annual post tensioning cable capacity of 4 million and can package the product with engineering services, fabricated reinforcing steel and site placing. “This acquisition continues CMC’s strategy of creating value for customers,” says Executive Vice President Tracy Porter. “Post tensioning cable is a great complement to our current rebar fabrication business. Continental’s strong reputation and experience will allow us to provide additional services and construction efficiencies [alongside] our current product offerings. We feel this acquisition will help solidify our position as a preferred supplier in concrete reinforcing.”