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St. Louis, MO – May 20, 2020 –  Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Derek Von Cannon to Vice President of Sales for the Americas. In his newly expanded role, Von Cannon, who most recently served as Vice President of Sales for the Afinitas Forming Systems division, will now also oversee North American sales operations for the company’s Equipment and Automation division (which includes HawkeyePedershaab and BFS equipment). The change was effective May 11, 2020. Von Cannon replaces Matt Childs, who recently accepted a position with Turner Company in Rhome, TX.

“Anyone who knows Derek, knows that he is a strong leader with a laser focus on customer satisfaction, which has led to record-breaking performance for our Forming Systems division,” said Brad Schmidgall, Afinitas CEO. “His energy and strategic vision will serve him well as he and his team deliver the most advanced concrete technologies available to an even wider customer base.”

Von Cannon joined Afinitas as part of the Spillman acquisition in 2018. Spillman is a leading designer and manufacturer of precast forms and provider of concrete accessories. He was promoted to Vice President in 2019 to lead sales across the newly established Afinitas Forming Systems division comprised of the merged New Hampton Metal Fabrication and Spillman companies. Prior to Afinitas, Von Cannon worked in sales for 15 years for a drainage systems company. He is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

“It’s an honor to lead this team of experts in precast products and services, and I am thankful for the confidence placed in me,” said Von Cannon. “Combining their experience and know-how with our strong Afinitas equipment and forming brands, means more innovation, resources and ease of doing business with us. I am excited to work closely with our sales teams to provide solutions that will boost business for our customers and strengthen our 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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