MEDIAPOLIS — When HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. saw a growing German competitor looking to expand, the company took it as a chance to combine efforts.

HawkeyePedershaab, the leading global manufacturer of capital equipment for the production of concrete pipe and manholes, recently merged with BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme, a leading designer and manufacturer of production equipment, parts and services for the pipe and precast concrete industry. 

HawkeyePedershaab operates out of Mediapolis, serving as the city’s largest employer. The company also manages factories in New Hampton and Brønderslev, Denmark.

BFS is based in Blaubeuren, Germany, with another location in Fontanafredda, Italy.

“Our vision is to grow our business into the broader precast concrete machinery market outside the drainage market,” said Brad Schmidgall, president of HawkeyePedershaab.

Schmidgall said while HawkeyePedershaab and BFS offer many complimentary products, about 30 percent what of the German company sells includes product outside of what HawkeyePedershaab currently offers.

It produces things like water main pipes, blocks and pavers, pole plants and veneer stone machines.

Daniel Bühler and Klaus Mueller run BFS, and both leaders said they look forward to the merge.

“Combining with HawkeyePedershaab greatly enhances the solutions we can offer to our collective customer bases,” Mueller said in a press release.

Schmidgall said it’s difficult to tell at this time how the merger will affect local employees and managers, but said there are no plans to close any factories.

“As we grow businesses we are planning on the increased sales that result from this merger to create additional business in our factories in Mediapolis and in the north part of Denmark,” Schmidgall said.

He said HawkeyePedershaab is not actively seeking any other mergers or expansions at this time, as it will take some work to integrate with BFS. Schmidgall spoke to The Hawk Eye Thursday from Germany, working alongside the company’s new partner to decide how to face the market as a merged company.

Integration involves choosing which product lines to keep, get rid of or combine, and then cross training sales forces to know all products sold.

However, the growth likely has not stopped for good.

“Our vision is to truly be a machinery company across all prefabricated concrete products,” said Schmidgall. “And so we will be moving into those market segments.”