St. Louis-based Afinitas has appointed Dan Hodel as senior automation engineer, reporting to Dave Stoller, vice president of Global Engineering. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience with Johnson Gas of 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.Read More
Vancouver, Wash.-based Columbia Machine Inc. is establishing a regional support and manufacturing center after closing on the assets of Bikle Manufacturing Inc. in Smithsburg, Md., a big board machine mold repair and related services provider for Northeast block & paver producers.Read More
Ryan Suszek transitions this month from Besser Co. vice president of Pipe and Precast to president, succeeding Kevin Curtis and becoming the sixth individual to hold the title in the manufacturer’s 115-year history. “The concrete products industry provides countless opportunities for collaboration and growth. I’m excited to lead the team at Besser in operational improvements and work closely with producers to create new and grow existing partnerships,” Suszek affirms.Read More
Sources: Columbia Machine, Inc., Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff
Columbia Machine will establish a regional support and manufacturing center after closing on the assets of Bikle Manufacturing, Inc., Smithsburg, Md., a big board machine mold repair and related services provider for Northeast block & paver producers.Read More
Columbia Machine Inc. has closed on the assets of its manufacturing partner in Brazil, Vibramolde, and announced investment in a new manufacturing facility based in the country’s Campinas’ prime industrial zone. The operation equips subsidiary, Columbia Machine do Brasil Ltda, with more than double the existing Vibramolde capacity, while expanding warehouse space for spare parts, molds and off the shelf machines—all with an eye to enhancing service to new customers and existing accounts.Read More
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.Read More
Columbia Machine Inc. continues the North American launch of an eight-model planetary mixer series from Techmatik S.A., a Radom, Poland manufacturer it acquired in 2016.Read More
Fletcher Taylor recently joined Dallas-based Vince Hagan Co. as Southeastern Regional sales manager, bringing 30-plus years of experience in ready mixed concrete. Taylor began his career in 1984 as a loader operator, proceeding to management positions that included tours of duty with City Concrete Co. in Jackson, Tenn., and Foley Concrete Products in north Georgia. In 2004, he joined Irving Materials as Nashville-based operations manager, responsible for 32 ready mixed plants. He will be based in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.Read More
The addition of Radom, Poland-based Techmatik S.A., a leader in paving stone mold, big board machinery, handling and cubing solutions, plus batching and mixing equipment, strengthens the portfolio, global customer support and manufacturing capabilities of Columbia Machine Inc., Vancouver, Wash.
The National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange and B2B activities, February 24-26 in Orlando, plus 2016 bauma, April 11-17 in Munich, will feature new models and upgrades from block & paver machinery and component manufacturers. Concrete Products samples offerings from key ICON and bauma participants.