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New Leadership Announced For Subsite Electronics, HammerHead Trenchless

Kevin Smith


Charles Machine Works has named Kevin Smith president of Subsite Electronics and HammerHead Trenchless. The company also announced a joint leadership team headed by Smith.

“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 3 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.”

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

Smith’s new leadership team will include Randy Rupp, Brian Kenkel and Christi Woods.

Rupp has been named general manager for Subsite. Rupp, who has served as vice president of product strategy at Ditch Witch for the past 4.5 years, has held various positions within the organization including business and global accounts manager, regional sales manager, national sales manager, product manager and director of product definition.

Kenkel has accepted the position as general manager for HammerHead. Kenkel joined the company 6 years ago, most recently serving as director of repair and replacement. He has spent his career in the underground construction industry, including 10 years owning and operating a successful contracting company.

Woods is assuming an expanded role as controller of Subsite and HammerHead. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a C.P.A. and small business entrepreneur.

“We’re excited about these changes in the Charles Machine Works family of companies,” Johnson added. “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.”

In 2017, Subsite Electronics expanded its offerings into the pipe inspection market with the acquisition of R.S. Technical Services, and in 2016, HammerHead Trenchless expanded its pipe rehabilitation capabilities with the acquisition of RS Lining Systems.
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SOURCE – Charles Machine Works
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