Afinitas builds accessories program with Haala Industries deal

Sources: Afinitas, St. Louis; CP staff Afinitas has acquired Haala Industries, a major source of steel reinforcements and related accessories for precast concrete and drainage applications. Dave Haala founded the Sleepy Eye, Minn. company in 1974 as a fabricator serving local agricultural and construction accounts.  Haala Industries has since established itself as a leader in fabricated rebar mats, wire cone…

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Manufacturers – November 2022

St. Louis-based concrete plant equipment and machinery specialist Afinitas has appointed Jared Calease as Forming Systems Division director of Engineering. He previously served as product designer for the New Hampton Metal Fab business, and returns to Afinitas after 14 years at Waverly, Iowa-based GMT Corp., which specializes in large, complex heavy machining, fabrication and assembly. He served in a variety…

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Afinitas acquires Johnson Gas Curing Systems Division

Sources: Johnson Gas Appliance Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; CP staff Johnson Gas Appliance has completed the sale of its Curing Systems Division to St. Louis-based Afinitas, where the business will reside alongside the HawkeyePedershaab, New Hampton Metal, CAM, Amifast and Spillman brands. The deal includes CurePak curing equipment, parts and intellectual property, and comes on the heels of a major…

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Afinitas powers turnkey curing services for manufactured concrete

Afinitas has added a finishing element to its concrete pipe and precast formwork, machinery and accessories offering. The manufacturer unveiled its SmartSet Concrete Curing Solutions for pipe, precast, block, paver and prestressed production at the 2022 Precast Show.  The Afinitas Curing Team rolled on to the Kansas City Convention Center floor in its fully stocked, 20-ft. SmartSet Curing Solutions service…

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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

St. Louis-based Afinitas has aligned its concrete 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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