Four industry leaders have been announced to be inducted into the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame. The newly inducted members include: George Sidney, president and COO of McLanahan Corporation; Gene Fisher, founder of Fisher Industries; Manfred Freissle, founder of Polydeck Screen Corporation; and Washington Samuel Tyler, founder of W.S. Tyler (now Haver & Boecker Canada).
“This is a prestigious group of industry legends to be recognized in the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame. We look forward to the induction ceremony and honoring each of the inductees for their many years of leadership and dedication to their companies, communities and the entire aggregates industry,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO.
The 2019 inductees will be honored in Indianapolis at a black-tie dinner and induction ceremony Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with NSSGA’s Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo. Tickets to the induction ceremony can be purchased when registering for those events. Aggregate producers, manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, associations and allied trade representatives are all eligible for induction to the Hall of Fame, and they are represented in National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville, Colo.
Sidney has been a part of McLanahan for more than 45 years and worked as a design engineer, western region sales manager, director of engineering, vice president and executive vice president among other positions. He was named president and COO in 2004 and expects to retire from the company in December 2018. He has also been a core member of NSSGA’s leadership, having served as chair of the M&S Division, led many NSSGA committees and a ROCKPAC trustee.
Fisher established Fisher Sand & Gravel in 1952 and the company remains a top aggregates producer in the United States today. Fisher patented his own classification system – the Fisher air separator – to remove fine particulates from manufactured sand using air instead of water to save operators time and costs. By 1967, General Steel & Supply Co., was launched as a support team to Fisher Sand & Gravel, and that company today has two metal fabrication facilities, including a 100,000 square foot warehouse.
Freissle originally co-founded Polydeck in South Africa with products to improve traditional wire cloth and synthetic screen mats. Under his leadership Polydex was established in 1978 and produced the first modular synthetic screen panel. Freissle himself holds more than a dozen U.S. and worldwide patents for screening technology.
Tyler founded W.S. Tyler in 1872, which was initially called Cleveland Wire Works, and manufactured steel wire for industrial applications. The company is responsible for the first fully mechanical weaving looms and the Ro-Tap sieve shaker among other machines for screening aggregates. W.S. Tyler was purchased and renamed by Haver & Boecker in 1998, and provides screening, washing and pelletizing solutions across the aggregate industry today.