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ECA Celebrates Its Centennial Anniversary in Pittsburgh

Mon July 09, 2018 - Northeast Edition #14
Brian Fraley – SPECIAL TO CEG


(L-R): Al and Iris Kern and Roy and Lori Kern accepted engraved platters presented by Jeff Harmston and Kelly Simon. The platters commemorate ECA’s 100 years of business.
(L-R): Al and Iris Kern and Roy and Lori Kern accepted engraved platters presented by Jeff Harmston and Kelly Simon. The platters commemorate ECA’s 100 years of business.
(L-R): Al and Iris Kern and Roy and Lori Kern accepted engraved platters presented by Jeff Harmston and Kelly Simon. The platters commemorate ECA’s 100 years of business. CEO Roy Kern entertained the crowd with photos and stories from ECA’s 100-year history during a slideshow presentation. ECA’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration kicked off with a cocktail reception at the Heinz History Center.
The ECA and BAUER contingents celebrated a long-standing partnership. (L-R): ECA’s Jeff Harmston, Ben Dutton and Roy Kern; Jochen Grundmann, BAUER-Pileco; Christian Gress, BAUER Maschinen; and Dan Dragone, BAUER-Pileco.
Guests enjoyed a formal sit-down dinner and dancing at Pittsburgh’s Omni William Penn Hotel.
(L-R): Lori and Roy Kern with Mary Jane and Ben Dutton.
President Ben Dutton was one of many employees that were asked to stand up and be recognized for their service to ECA.
Al Kern, CEO from 1986 to 1999, shared his perspective from that era.

More than 400 attendees arrived in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., on the evening of June 1, 2018, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), a leading distributor of foundation construction equipment. The attendees represented industry leaders, family and friends from the United States, Canada and Europe.

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception at the Heinz History Center amidst the symbols of Pittsburgh's rich industrial heritage — a fitting location for a century-old supplier with local roots. The guests were then shuttled to the Omni William Penn Hotel for a formal sit-down dinner and dancing.

The highlights of the event included a colorful talk and slideshow presentation by CEO Roy Kern with photos and stories from the firm's history; a few words from Roy's father Al whom served as CEO from 1965 to 1999; entertaining comments from president and long-time employee Ben Dutton; and the presentation of engraved platters commemorating 100 years of business to the Kern family by Jeff Harmston, vice president of sales and marketing and Kelly Simon, marketing manager. Highlights also included public recognition for past and present employees and business partners that made the momentous occasion possible.

“ECA's 100-year anniversary wouldn't have been possible without the commitment of our loyal customers, dedication of our team, and the support of our families over the past century,” said Harmston. “Bringing everyone together to celebrate our mutual accomplishment was incredibly meaningful to all of us at ECA.”

ECA has been a supplier of foundation construction equipment in the eastern United States and eastern Canada for more than a century. It is the exclusive distributor of BAUER Drills; Klemm Anchor and Micropile Drills; RTG Piling Rigs; BAUER MAT Slurry Handling Systems; Pileco Diesel Pile Hammers; HPSI Vibratory Pile Hammers; WORD International Drill Attachments; Dawson Construction Products; Grizzly Side Grip Vibros; ALLU Ground Improvement Equipment; and DIGGA Dangle Drills.

ECA offers sales, rentals, service and parts and training from nine facilities throughout the eastern United States and eastern Canadian Provinces.

For more information, visit ecanet.com.

CEG