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Pathfinder Systems has appointed Jeff Wallace vice president of Sales and Marketing, joining the Holland, Mich., company with 25-plus years’ industry experience. He will be responsible for the flagship Tiger Machine concrete masonry and hardscape unit production and handling equipment, plus Pathfinder’s recently added Prinzing pipe and precast machinery offerings; Schindler processing and Rosetta wet cast equipment; product molds; and, CDS curing systems.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Nordfab, manufacturer of clamp-together ducting for concrete batch plants and other industrial applications requiring dust and fume collection, has named Robin Bolick U.S. division manager. She joined the company with background in dust collection equipment sales, proceeding from an inside sales position at Nordfab to Central region manager. She will be responsible for promoting the company’s Quick-Fit clamp-together ducting, which Nordfab promotes for ease of assembly and fast installation against traditional ducting alternatives whose installation requires caulking, welding and bolted flanges.

New Haven, Conn.-based Bilco Co., a third-generation, family-owned business known for designing and manufacturing specialty access products for residential and commercial construction markets, is marking 85 years in operation. What began as a neighborhood iron shop in 1926, when George W. Lyons, Sr. started The Builders Iron Company in New Haven, has grown into an ISO 9001-certified business with more than 200 employees, multiple manufacturing facilities, and worldwide sales and distribution.

Bilco’s initial success came when Lyons, Sr. introduced the first metal basement door to the market. After World War II, five sons joined the business and the product line was soon expanded to include commercial roof hatches, floor doors, and automatic fire vents, many of which featured patented designs. Now managed by the third generation of the Lyons family, the company continues to build on the innovative spirit of its founder. Among its accomplishments, the current management team has added emergency egress window wells to the residential product line, expanded sales and distribution to markets worldwide, and implemented Lean manufacturing principles to eliminate waste, lower costs, and optimize productivity throughout the organization.

“Over these 85 years, Bilco has continuously improved existing products and designed new products that operate safely and easily,” says company president Robert Lyons, Jr. “We have been successful in growing the business by being responsive to our domestic customers and expanding our presence in international markets.”

With headquarters in New Haven, Bilco has manufacturing facilities in Trumann, Ark., and Zanesville, Ohio, plus sales offices in Canada, Mexico, China, and the UK. In addition, the company has established a network of dealers, distributors, and sales representatives to serve the building industry worldwide. “As we look toward the future, Bilco will strive to develop new products to satisfy the ever-changing needs of our customers and continue to expand domestic and international markets by applying the high-quality product standards and innovative thinking passed down by my grandfather,” adds Lyons.

Ohio-based Dayton Superior Corp. announced early last month it had acquired the stock of the Block Heavy and Highway Products from the W. G. Block Co. Block Heavy and Highway, Bettendorf, Iowa, is a leading supplier of steel infrastructure products used principally in the construction and repair of concrete roads, highways, interstates, airports and distribution centers. With a 27-year history, it specializes in the manufacture and sale of welded and fabricated dowel assemblies, steel dowels, transverse bar assemblies, and rebar baskets.

The Block Heavy and Highway product portfolio addition, notes Dayton Superior CEO Rick Zimmerman, “will strengthen our presence in the highway construction market, and support our continued expansion into the infrastructure markets. This acquisition fully supports our increased focus on concrete highway and bridge projects.”

The company will promote the Block product lines with those currently marketed under the Dayton Superior Paving Products brand (previously known as American Highway Technology). The transaction was closed on the heels of Dayton Superior’s acquisition of certain Universal Building Products Inc. assets in September 2010.