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St. LOUIS — April 15, 2021 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the addition of Liz Wingenbach to its leadership team as Global Director of Culture and People Development. In this role Wingenbach will be responsible for human resources programs and initiatives at Afinitas locations across the globe.

“As our company continues its tremendous growth, we are thrilled to have Liz’s expertise in developing people and processes that are critical to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry,“ said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “Simply put, employee satisfaction and a remarkable company culture will help drive our future success, and with Liz’s stewardship we’ll excel at both.”

Wingenbach brings nearly 15 years of human resources experience in retail, manufacturing, financial services, and energy companies, where she oversaw talent management, talent acquisition, employee development and building strategic HR business partnerships. Most recently she served as Senior Director of HR Business Partnerships at Caleres, a $2.5 billion footwear company based in Clayton, Missouri. In addition to Caleres, Wingenbach also worked in HR management and leadership development at Peabody Energy and as a recruiter for Edward Jones both in St. Louis.

She holds a marketing degree from the Kelley School of Business with a minor in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and an MBA from the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.  Wingenbach is based in St. Louis, where she resides with her husband and three children.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Afinitas,” Wingenbach said. “I’m eager to learn the business and meet the people fueling Afinitas’ growth and dynamic culture.”


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. By combining the expertise of HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, New Hampton Metal Fabrication, LLC., Spillman and CAM Products, 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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