The short story …
HawkeyePedershaab from 1915-2018
HawkeyePedershaab is the world’s leading supplier of machines for concrete products.
The company holds a leading global market position and export its products to well over 90 countries around the world.
Hawkeye was found in 1949 by Hank Schmidgall to manufacture concrete pipes and blocks. The factory was located in Morning Sun, IA. Hank Schmidgall had previously worked at his father’s pipe factory in Hancock, MN along with eight other siblings. In 1959 Hawkeye moved to Mediapolis, IA.
The history of Pedershaab dates back to 1877 when Blacksmith Peder Nielsen started his first company in the Northern part of Denmark. Years later, in 1915 all activities regarding the production of concrete machines were consolidated in a separate company under the name of A/S Pedershaab Cementindustri Maskinfabrik.
In 2008 Hawkeye and Pedershaab merged and joined forces under the name HawkeyePedershaab. The company has headquarters in Mediapolis, Iowa, USA and Bronderslev, Denmark.
In 2010 HawkeyePedershaab did JV with India’s fastest growing concrete equipment maker Apollo Inffratech Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat and formed a JV company Apollo HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (India).
In 2018 HawkeyePedershaab annouced the formation of Afinitas, a new parent company, which also acquired BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, based in Blaubeuren, Germany and New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., New Hampton, Iowa. The company has vision of creating a global, comprehensive, customer-oriented infrastructure equipment and service platform.
HawkeyePedershaab has acquired New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., based in New Hampton,Iowa (USA).
The company was founded in 1945 by John Wegner, which manufactures form / mould equipment for the Pipe & Precast concrete industry specializing in; manholes, boxes, safety ends, curb inlets, pouring tables, flared ends, and specialty form equipment.
Spillman, located in Columbus, Ohio joins with New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp. (NHMF), an Afinitas company.
Spillman, founded in 1948, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom wet-cast concrete forms. The company is also a provider of precast accessories relating to plastic spacers, magnetic products and automation solutions.
HawkeyePedershaab has merged with BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, based in Blaubeuren, Germany.
BFS develops, designs and produces machines for manufacturing high quality prefabricated concrete products to be used in sewage and waste water systems.
The main activities of BFS GmbH and its Italian branch office, BFS S.r.l., revolve around sophisticated machinery and equipment for production processes with flexible manufacturing capabilities.
The origin of BFS can be traced back to BaumgärtnerMaschinenfabrik GmbH, which was established in 1980 and was purchased by the Casagrande Group (Italy) in 2002. The “Impianti” department at Casagrande was assigned to BFS GmbH and it has since then operated as BFS S.r.l. The custom built equipment and machinery allow the production of a wide variety of concrete products and the company’s close cooperation with individual customers creates an efficient, demand-oriented production platform for high-quality products. BFS develops and delivers modular systems from semi-automated single machine units to fully
automated turnkey production plants.
State-of-the-art equipment and know-how has allowed BFS to establish itself in the national and international market as the innovation engine and technology leader for concrete pipe and manhole production as well as for other prefabricated concrete products for the professional construction of the civil engineering infrastructure.