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Leading trenchless group appoints new President

Charles Machine Works has named Kevin Smith as the President of subsidiaries Subsite® Electronics and HammerHead® Trenchless.

Kevin Smith.

Mr Smith will also lead a joint leadership team for the two companies, comprising Randy Rupp as the new Subsite General Manager, Brian Kenkel as HammerHead General Manager and Christi Woods as controller of Subsite and HammerHead.

“Kevin has a proven track record of more than 25 years with Charles Machine Works companies,” said Charles Machine Works CEO Rick Johnson.

“He has served as HammerHead president since 2015, president of MTI® Equipment for three years, and spent 20 years in various positions in the Ditch Witch® organization.

“Kevin’s expanded leadership role will help leverage synergies between the two companies and position them to better deliver innovative solutions.”

“Combining the leadership of Subsite and HammerHead under Kevin is a natural extension of our unique strategy in the industry.

“It will streamline our synergistic approach and deliver future innovations for the installation, maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement of underground pipe.”

Mr Smith said the move would allow customers to access additional capabilities.

“The Charles Machine Works approach is unique in the industry,” he said.

“Our family of companies brings greater value to customers by working together.

“We share assets, expertise and insights that ultimately lead to customer-driven solutions across the full life cycle of the pipe.

“This offers our customers additional capabilities, letting them tap new avenues of revenue to continually grow their business.”

For more information visit the HammerHead website.

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