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Changes will align teams, provide growth opportunities and more service to customers.

ST. LOUIS — June 16, 2020 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotions of three team members.

Jason Banwart, who is currently the Pre-Sales and Applications Engineering Leader at Afinitas company HawkeyePedershaab in Mediapolis, IA, has been promoted to Director of Technical Sales for both the Afinitas Equipment & Automation and Forming Systems Divisions. Banwart has been with the company for 10 years and has worked in a variety of design and project engineering roles. For the past three years he led the Inside Sales and Applications Engineering Team. Banwart has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is licensed in the state of Iowa as a Professional Engineer. He will continue to be based out of Mediapolis.

Randy Ellingson, who is currently an Afinitas Forming Systems Sales/Quotations Specialist, has been promoted to Forming Systems Quoting Leader/Sales. Ellingson joined Afinitas company New Hampton Metal Fab in 2018. He has served in numerous positions in manufacturing and construction, including as General Manager at ABCO Manufacturing; Project Manager, Costing Manager and Cost Accountant/Estimator at Featherlite Trailers; and as an Architectural Estimator, Production Supervisor and Project Manager at Calmar Manufacturing. Ellingson also has experience in drafting, heavy equipment operation, carpentry and as a semi-tractor-trailer operator. In 2017 he earned a University of Iowa Professional Development Project Management Certificate and also has a diploma in Architectural and Construction Drafting from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA, and a diploma in Carpentry from Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, IA.  Ellingson will continue to be based in New Hampton, IA.

Reed Finch, who joined HawkeyePedershaab in Mediapolis in 2019 as an outside sales trainee in the Equipment and Automation Division, has been promoted to Western Region Sales Manager for the Afinitas Forming Systems Division. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2018 with a degree in Economics and spent time interning with the team in Mediapolis while he was in college. Finch will be based out of Denver, CO.

“Each of these team members has contributed to our strong performance and growth,” said Derek Von Cannon, Afinitas Vice President of Sales for the Americas. “It is great to recognize them not only for their unique strengths but for the vision they share in making our company a great place to work and a great company to do business with. We look forward to their future leadership and the many ways they will positively impact Afinitas and the precast concrete industry.”


The Afinitas platform brings together global leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and support of equipment for the production of precast concrete and infrastructure products. The company is organized into three divisions: Equipment and Automation (representing the HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH brand products); Forming Systems (representing the New Hampton Metal Fabrication and Spillman Company brand products) and Concrete Accessories (representing products from CAM, Hawkeye and Spillman). By combining this expertise, Afinitas strengthens its commitment to providing best-in-class solutions and service for its customers around the world. Afinitas is part of BW Forsyth Partners, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to


BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of its operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit

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