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Techmatik S.A. Hires President

 VANCOUVER, WA (USA) – April 27, 2016 – Rick Goode, CEO of Columbia Machine, Inc., announced today that Techmatik S.A. has appointed Mariusz Gil as President. Mr. Gil comes to Techmatik with extensive experience in construction materials industries, focused on paving stones, slabs and bagged products, working formerly as Managing Director and CEO for quick-mix, Sales & Marketing Director for Semmelrock Stein + Design (Wienerberger Group), and various sales positions at Henkel.

“We are happy to have Mariusz join Techmatik. He brings a strong level of industry experience to Techmatik.” said Dariusz Kupidura, Founder and current President of Techmatik S.A. “Techmatik is a family company, with extensive experience in the markets we target. Mariusz will complement our strong team of leaders that have built Techmatik over the years.”

“Mariusz’s experience leading companies that utilized the types of solutions we provide our customers, his high energy, and proactive, customer focused personality will fit well with our Team at Techmatik and the entire Columbia Group.” said Goode “Dariusz will be working closely with Mariusz over the coming months to bring him up to speed on the many opportunities Techmatik is currently pursuing that will help continue the significant growth our company has experienced over the last several years. Dariusz will remain as an advisor to Techmatik for the foreseeable future.”

ABOUT COLUMBIA MACHINE

Established in 1937, Columbia Machine is a third generation, privately held, world-wide leader in the design, manufacturing and support of equipment for a variety of industries, with customers in over 100 countries around the world. Primary business units include: Batching and Mixing Solutions, Concrete Products Equipment Solutions, Production Equipment Molds, Mechanical Palletizing Machines, Robotic Palletizing Solutions, Conveyor System Solutions, Pallet Load Transfer Solutions and Manufacturing Services. The Columbia Group of companies has manufacturing facilities on three continents, with almost 1,000 team members world-wide, focused on world-class engineered solutions.

ABOUT TECHMATIK

Established in 2004, Techmatik is located in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone of Radom, Poland. Techmatik is a Columbia Machine, Inc. Group Company, established to design and manufacturing high quality molds and production plants for dry cast concrete, including paving stone, blocks, retaining walls, curb stones and other hardscape designs. Techmatik’s other product ranges include mixers, mixing and batching plant solutions, handing equipment, value add processing equipment, palletizers, ready mix plants and an extensive range of manufacturing services solutions.

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Columbia Machine Acquires Techmatik S.A.

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Columbia Machine, Inc. acquires Techmatik S.A.


VANCOUVER, WA (USA) – February 18, 2016 – Rick Goode, CEO of Columbia Machine, Inc., announced today the acquisition of Techmatik S.A. Headquartered in Radom, Poland, Techmatik is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of molds, production machines (“Big Board”), handling equipment, cubing solutions, curing solutions and batching & mixing solutions for the production of paving stones, hardscapes and other dry cast concrete products.

“Techmatik has been our strategic partner for almost 10 years. Our companies have collaborated on mold and equipment solutions for a number of customers around the world,” said Goode. “Techmatik’s innovative product designs, best-in-class quality and customer-centric focus has aligned very well with our customers and employees.”

“We are excited to be part of the Columbia family of companies,” said Dariusz Kupidura, Founder and President of Techmatik S.A. “Our companies work very well together. Columbia’s world-wide sales and service channels should help Techmatik continue to grow. We are also looking forward to helping Columbia support their existing customers in the European market with local parts, mold and service capabilities.”

“It has been a pleasure working with both companies to take this partnership to the next level,” said Mark Andrews, Director Columbia Machine Sp. z o.o. “It is clear that both companies have similar family-owned business values and cultures, focused on the long-term. Both companies’ customers and employees will benefit from the combined strength in product offerings and world-wide customer support capabilities.”

The addition of Techmatik will strengthen Columbia’s world-wide customer support service and manufacturing capabilities. The Columbia Group of companies has manufacturing facilities on three continents, with almost 1,000 team members worldwide, focused on world-class engineered solutions.

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WorkSource Hiring Event

Columbia Machine, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of concrete products equipment and material handling solutions, is planning a hiring event at the WorkSource Vancouver office.

The event will take place from 10am to 1pm on Monday, August 3rd at the WorkSource office, 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 15.

The company is looking to hire for a variety of positions that range from machinists and fabricators to assembly and engineering positions. Candidates are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. They are asked to bring copies of their resume.

For a complete list of open positions and job postings, visit www.columbiamachine.com/about-us/employment

For more information about the job fair, contact John LeMarte at WorkSource Vancouver at jlemarte@wa.gov or 360-735-5060.

NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Columbia Machine, Inc announces that after 16 years of service, Dave Sharp will be resigning as Vice President of Sales for the company. On December 30th 2014, Dave is leaving to pursue personal ventures outside of the concrete products industry. He will remain involved with Columbia in a consulting role.

 Columbia Machine would like to publically thank Dave for the knowledge, passion and commitment he demonstrated to Columbia Machine, our customers and the industry.

 With Dave’s departure, Kevin Brown will take over the role of Vice President of Sales for the Concrete Products Division. Kevin has experience in numerous roles over 25 years with Columbia Machine, most recently as Director of Customer Care. The knowledge gained from his experience will be a tremendous resource as Columbia Machine continues to provide exceptional customer value through product innovation and customer support.

Please contact Kevin Brown at Columbia Machine, Inc, if you would like additional information on Columbia’s Sales efforts or Columbia Machine’s complete line of concrete products machines.

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NEW KEY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Columbia Machine, Inc. announces that Bill Oberfield will be joining the Columbia Machine sales team September 29, 2014 as our Key Account Executive.

Bill served as President / CEO of Oberfield’s Inc. Concrete Products from 1985-2011, and in the same position for Oberfields LLC from 2011-2013.  He has been a major contributor to the masonry industry throughout his career and is considered an authority in the business.

Extremely active in the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), Bill chaired numerous committees, served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, served as Chairman of the NCMA Board in 1994, and was awarded the NCMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD this year.

With his knowledge of concrete production methods and technology, and his vast product knowledge and passion for innovation, Bill will be a tremendous asset to the Columbia organization.  Columbia looks forward to tapping into his expertise to enhance it’s ability to provide solid solutions for all customers.   His unique perspective of a concrete products producer will be invaluable to all of Columbia’s activities.

Please contact Dave Sharp at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on Columbia’s Sales efforts or Columbia Machine’s complete line of concrete products machines (phone: 1-360-694-1501 or www.columbiamachine.com).

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COLUMBIA APPOINTS NEW SALES DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE

Columbia Machine, Inc. has added to its extensive sales network with additional resources and coverage in Europe and Asia.

Effective September 1, 2014, Mark Hamilton will take on the position of International Sales Director for Europe/Asia.  Mark began his career with Columbia Machine as a Service Technician in September 2003.  He excelled in that job and has received the highest compliments from our customers.  Most recently, Mark has held the position of Columbia Care Representative, covering the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.  His technical knowledge, customer focus, and industry experience will serve us well as he takes on this important sales leadership role.

Please contact Dave Sharp at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on Columbia’s Sales efforts, our Columbia Care Program or Columbia Machine’s complete line of concrete products machines (phone: 1-360-694-1501 or www.columbiamachine.com).


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Expanding North American Sales Presence - Columbia Machine

Columbia Machine, Inc. has expanded their North American sales presence with additional resources and restructuring of territory coverage.

The North American market has been showing steady improvement and we anticipate that the pent up demand in the concrete products industry will result in growth opportunities over the coming years.  To address this potential and to ensure that we are providing our customers excellent support, we are implementing a new structure to cover North America. 

Tegan Abear will be joining the Sales Team and Mike Richard will return to his sales role. Mark North, Tim O’Meara and Ray Beasley will continue in their present sales positions.  The new territories, listed below, will be effective August 1, 2014.

Northeastern United States:  Tim O'Meara 
Southeastern United States: Mark North
Midwestern United States and Eastern Canada: Tegan Abear
Northwestern United States and Western Canada: Mike Richard
Southwestern United States: Ray Beasley

Our Columbia Care program remains active as a key part of our customer service.

Please contact Dave Sharp at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on Columbia’s new sales territories, our Columbia Care Program or Columbia Machine’s complete line of concrete products machines (phone: 1-360-694-1501 or www.columbiamachine.com).

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New Concrete Spreaders for the Prestress Industry - Columbia Machine

The Batching Division of Columbia Machine Inc. has developed the new line of Concrete Spreaders that are ideally suited for the placement of concrete in many prestress applications. 

The Columbia Spreaders employ either hydraulic gates or VFD controlled electric driven augers to place the concrete.  Systems can accommodate both long line and carousel applications.  The Columbia Spreaders feature an integral concrete surge hopper, self-contained control system, on-board automation controls, on-board hydraulic power unit (for gate operation), floor mount or suspended rail supports with VFD controlled movement. 

Whether you are building a new plant or retrofitting an existing facility, look to Columbia Machine to bring you innovative new equipment to improve your plant performance, reduce labor costs and add more profitability to your bottom line.

August 30, 2011

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Introducing the the CenturyNX Control System - Columbia Machine

The Batching Division of Columbia Machine Inc. is now offering a new, lower cost batch plant control system specifically designed for the production of precast concrete. The system has been developed to offer a cost effective controls solution to meet the complex demands of today’s concrete plants while accommodating the pressures of their customer’s budgets for plant improvements.

With a base price under $15,000, the Century NX system is the perfect system to upgrade any precast batch plant to manufacture standard precast or SCC concrete. It features a simple user interface, flexible recipe based sequencing and panel mounted digital scale indicators for easy calibration. The Century system employs the latest industrial plc and touch-screen technology to provide the most reliable operation. The entire system is UL listed and constructed and wired to NEC and NFPA standards.

Retrofitting an existing plant or building a new one, the Century NX system will produce superior concrete with less training, oversight and maintenance. The advanced software allows the system to run unattended with batch calls coming from the plant floor or mobile concrete delivery systems. Material dosing algorithms with moisture corrections will tighten all your material tolerances which, in turn, will improve the quality of concrete the plant will produce. The Century NX system also comes with many upgrades and options to improve any plants performance such as plant floor call boxes (2 types), printing, electronic data storage, inventory management and web based apps to remotely check in on your plant.

With the Century NX system, any plant can now run more efficiently and more profitably with a relatively low investment.

Please contact JP Gianotti at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information.

(Phone: 1-360-694-1501 or email: jpgian@colmac.com)

June 30, 2011

Visit our New Blog - Columbia Machine

Columbia Machine is excited to introduce a new blog about our industry leading concrete product machines, mixing and batching capabilities and molds solutions. This will be a great source for keeping you informed on industry trends, upcoming shows, customer stories, service tips, after market modifications... and more! We are looking forward to posting on a regular basis and receiving your comments and feedback on what you would like Columbia Machine, Inc. to blog about. Visit http://www.columbiamachine.com/blog to view recent posts about the concrete products industry.

Since 1937, Columbia Machine, Inc. has been a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and support of equipment for a variety of industries, with customers in over 100 countries. Columbia’s product line includes mixing and batching, concrete product machines, splitters, pallet handling and cubing solutions for the production of high quality concrete products.  In addition, Columbia offers industry-leading spare parts and service.  Columbia’s mold division has a library of over 150,000 different products that can be produced on Columbia equipment, as well as many competitor machines. 

Columbia is committed to the servicing the concrete products industry globally with an extensive network of sales and service staff strategically located.  Thousands of satisfied customers world-wide will agree that Columbia equipment is rugged, reliable and produces the best quality concrete products on the market.

Expansion of North American Customer Care Program - Columbia Machine

In an effort to expand on the success of Columbia Customer Care, provide industry leading response times, increase plant productivity and better service our customers, Columbia Machine is pleased to announce the following additions to our Customer Care Staff:

Mike Salyers returns to Columbia as a Customer Care representative bringing his 40+ years of experience in the concrete products industry to the Southeastern U.S. For the Southwest region, John Altmaier has transitioned from his role as Sales Representative

to a customer care rep.   John has spent 30+ years at Columbia in roles ranging from engineering to service and sales, which will help him excel in his new role. Mike Richard takes the reins as Care rep in the Northwest region.  Mike has 10+ years in field service experience and has spent the past 11 years at Columbia as a sales representative.  Tegan Abear will continue to cover the Northeast states and will maintain the industry-leading support our customers are use to. 

Along with the exciting additions Columbia has made to Customer Care team, we welcome Ray Beasley into his new role as Western Region Sales Representative.  Ray makes the move from his previous position as Ontario, California Part Depot Manager.  Ray’s past experience in the western region as well as his time at Columbia will serve him well in his new role.  Tim O’Meara and Mark North will continue to cover sales for the Northeast and Southeast regions respectively.

With these changes, sales and Customer Care responsibilities for Canada will be covered by our Canadian branch based in Ontario, Canada.  Phil Lafonde, Branch Manager, will be the main contact for all inquiries and customer requests. 

Click here to see a map of the new territories for Customer Care and Sales.

Please contact Kevin Brown or Chad Rathke at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on the Customer Care team, our Sales organization or our complete line of concrete products machines (phone: 1-360-694-1501 or www.columbiamachine.com)
February 6, 2013

Columbia and Besser Reach Agreement - Columbia Machine

Oct. 30, 2012

Columbia Machine, Inc. and Besser Company have reached a confidential agreement resolving the disputes between them that were asserted in the litigation commenced by Columbia in the federal court for the Western District of Washington in Case No. 3:10-CV-5667-RBL, in which Columbia accused Besser of infringement of certain of its CPM® patents and Besser denied those allegations. Throughout this case, both companies have demonstrated their willingness to protect their intellectual property rights, and have agreed to work together to resolve any disputes that might arise in the future. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement, Besser has dismissed its claims that the CPM® patents are invalid and Columbia has dismissed its claims that the SERVOPAC® infringes Columbia’s patents.

Please contact Rick Goode at Columbia Machine, Inc. or Kevin Curtis at Besser Company if you would like additional information.

Rick Goode
President and CEO
1-800-628-4065
Email: ricgoo@colmac.com

Kevin Curtis
President and CEO Besser Company
1-989-354-1029
Email: kcurtis@besser.com

Columbia Machine's Oldest Machine Contest - Columbia Machine

In honor of Columbia Machine’s 75 year celebration, a contest is being held to identify the oldest operating Columbia machine.  The customer that is identified to have the oldest operating machine will receive a $10,000 parts and mold credit as well as a free Columbia customer care visit.  In addition, there will be a “participation drawing prize” given for $7,500 parts and mold credit. This will be rewarded regardless of the manufactured date.

The oldest operating machine contest began on March 1, 2012 and will run until July 1, 2012.  During this period, all Columbia customers are invited to submit their machines into the contest.  We are ending the campaign on July 1st in order to allow enough time to visit the customer location, verify machine details and confirm the equipment is running.  The winning customer will be recognized at the 75 Years celebration at Columbia Machine, Inc. on Aug. 18th

For more information please visit 

www.columbiamachine.com/oldestmachine

Columbia Machine, Inc. Reduces Energy Usage - Columbia Machine

Columbia Machine has been working diligently with Clark Public Utilities over the past year and a half to significantly reduce its energy usage (primarily electricity). Columbia measures energy usage by using a statistical model that factors in production volumes and compares past energy usage against current consumption. Based on this model, Columbia has significantly reduced energy use per unit of output (termed energy intensity). Starting in April of 2010, Columbia started to show energy savings. From that time until the end of May 2011, Columbia has saved over 830,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This equates to a 16 percent reduction in energy usage per unit output, on an annual basis. The biggest contributor to Columbia's energy efficiency has been the factory-wide upgrade in lighting.

Additionally, in June 2010 Columbia was introduced to a Clark Public Utilities and Bonneville Power Administration sponsored energy saving initiative by Michelle Missfeldt and Rich Miller, respectively, that is called High Performance Energy Management. Columbia has joined with several other industrial sites in the area to learn how to integrate energy management into their business practices. As a result, Columbia has focused on employee participation and soliciting energy saving ideas. These efforts have contributed to a significant portion of energy savings. Some of the new ideas include employee participation in fixing compressed air leaks, more energy efficient welders and turning equipment down or off during non production times. In July, Columbia's Energy Team reported on their progress at the final HPEM workshop and achieved the most savings of any company in the HPEM group. Bryan Goodman, Columbia's Executive Sponsor for the HPEM effort, also gave a presentation at the workshop to highlight activities implemented at Columbia.

Please contact Bryan Goodman at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on Columbia’s efforts to save energy.

Phone: 1 360 694 1501, email: brygoo@colmac.com, or visit our website www.columbiamachine.com

August 29, 2011

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Columbia Expands Presence in Canada - Columbia Machine

Columbia Machine, Inc. has expanded their operation in Mississauga, Canada with the addition of a new Branch Manager and Office in Montreal, Quebec.

Philippe Lafond has joined the Columbia team and will be focusing his efforts on the Canadian market. Philippe comes to Columbia with a wealth of industry and product experience having worked over 10 years with a competitive mold company based in Canada. Philippe is educated as a mechanical engineer and has earned a masters degree in Industrial Manufacturing.  

Columbia currently stocks molds, machine parts and palletizer parts in our Mississauga warehouse. With the addition of Philippe, Columbia increased technical support, engineering services and customer service in the Canadian market. Philippe will also promote our already successful Columbia Techmatik big board mold product line. 

Columbia has a well-established and loyal following of mold customers in Canada as well as around the world. As shown by Columbia’s commitment to continuous improvement and our persistent investment in our company, it is easy to see why Columbia Machine, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of concrete products equipment and molds. If you have not yet experienced Columbia Machine, we invite you to see what it’s all about.

According to Kevin Brown, Director of Columbia Care, “The addition of Philippe as our Canadian Branch Manager is one of several strategic moves that Columbia has made recently to strengthen our team and improve our position in the market place. Even in the face of economic uncertainty, it is exciting to be part of a successful company that is continuing to grow and invest in our future success.”

Please contact Kevin Brown at Columbia Machine, Inc. if you would like additional information on the Columbia’s expansion in Canada Molds, or other fine Columbia products.

(Phone: 1-360-694-1501 or email: kevbro@colmac.com)

August 15, 2011

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