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On September 28th, 2021, our industry lost an icon, Hartzell Henry “Hank” Schmidgall. Hank was revered not only for his business acumen and Hawkeye equipment innovations but also for his devotion to his faith and family. His story of success is an inspiring one, and we are proud to share that it has been captured in a new book: “The Hank Schmidgall Story – A Legacy Cast in Concrete.”

About the book:

HawkeyePedershaab (now Afinitas), located in Mediapolis, Iowa, is the world leader in providing innovative solutions to manufacturers of concrete pipes, manholes and other precast products. As is the case with many companies that have a long history of success, there is much more to be told. In this case, the story centers around Hank Schmidgall a respected, longtime leader in the precast concrete industry and founder of Hawkeye. From his humble beginnings in Hancock, Minnesota, to surviving the hardships of World War II, and then building a successful business in a small Iowa town, this is the story of a  remarkable man. For certain, Hank’s legacy is cast in concrete, and it is the result of his unwavering commitment to his faith, his family and his business, which took him around the world. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and we hope you enjoy his story.

The book is available with a $20 donation to Hank’s favorite organization the Apostolic Christian LifePoints home which serves adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. For information on how to order your copy, please email



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