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Leadership Changes at Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

Effective October 27, 2016

The Board of Directors of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises (EDE) of Baltimore, MD is pleased to announce two promotions:

Heiko U. Osterchrist is now President of EDE. Most recently he had been Managing Director of Rohr International Holdings and Rohr/Idreco operations in the U.S.A., Germany, France and Holland. Osterchrist has over 35 years of experience in international sales and business development.

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Heiko Osterchrist, President, EDE

 

He was on the Board of Directors of Ellicott from 2002 to 2009, and joined Ellicott full time as Vice President in 2011. In that capacity he spearheaded the acquisition of EDE’s three European-based ventures: Rohr GMBH in Mannheim, Germany; Rohr France Srl in Betting, France (maker of bucket ladder and clamshell dredgers for sand mining); and IDRECO BV in Doetinchem, The Netherlands. Idreco has developed market leading technology for deep digging dredges for applications in sand mining, mine tailings, and hydroelectric dam desiltation.

 

Prior to joining Ellicott, Osterchrist was a Partner in U.S. Concrete Products, LLC of Baltimore, and Managing Director of ITC Inc. of Baltimore, which mined and distributed industrial and specialty minerals worldwide. He graduated with a BA from Randolph-Macon College.

 

Craig A. Murdock has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of EDE. Murdock has over 30 years of experience in quality and operations.

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Craig Murdock, COO, EDE

He was hired by Ellicott as Q.A. Manager in 2010. Murdock was appointed Director of Corporate Process Improvement in 2013 for Ellicott Dredges of Baltimore and Ellicott Dredge Technologies of New Richmond, Wisconsin. He was promoted to General Manager of Ellicott in 2014 and is responsible for manufacturing, engineering, and materials while continuing oversight of process improvements for both of EDE’s U.S. locations. Prior to joining Ellicott, Murdock was the Q.A. Manager and then promoted to General Manager at Command Technology, a supplier of military and commercial aerospace systems.

Peter Bowe, previously President and CEO of EDE, will continue as CEO, and remain on its Board. He will focus on business development and strategic opportunities, as well as supporting key corporate relationships.

Marty Barnes, formerly COO, will continue as SVP focusing on IT and Customer Service projects through at least 2017.

Bowe said: “After 31 years of leading Ellicott Dredges, it is very gratifying for me to announce a new leadership cohort, all developed internally. And we are pleased that Marty Barnes will continue to offer us and our clients his unparalleled experience after a career already spanning over 50 years long with Ellicott. I look forward to the next stage of Ellicott’s success.”

Ellicott also announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has just appointed Bowe to the U.S. Commerce Department Trade Finance Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council, according to the Department of Commerce, is to advise the Secretary on private sector trade financing for U.S. exporters and to identify effective ways to expand access to finance for them, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their foreign buyer clients. The Department of Commerce selected just 20 members for the Council nationally.

De Costa a Costa, Draga Ellicott en Condiciones Duras y Sin Problemas

Esta draga Ellicott modelo 1870 viene demostrando en México por que las dragas Ellicott son las más robustas del mercado. La draga modelo 1870 tiene una bomba de 20” (500mm) de diámetro, potencia total de 1280 HP (955 kW) y puede alcanzar una profundidad máxima de dragado de 18m gracias a modificaciones hechas por Ellicott a pedido del cliente.

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La draga empezó el 2015 operando en la costa del Pacifico de México, dragando un terminal portuario con condiciones muy difíciles. El proyecto requirió la extracción de grava de gran tamaño, a profundidades de hasta 18m. La draga bombeó este material hasta el punto de descarga ubicado a 2km de distancia. Mientras que otras dragas requirieron de constantes reparaciones y cambio de partes críticas debido a las características del material a dragar, la Ellicott 1870 operó sin mayores problemas. Inmediatamente después de este proyecto, la draga fue transportada por carretera a través de México hasta la costa del Golfo, donde la misma realizó trabajos de mantenimiento de un canal de navegación de una dársena marina, descargando el material dragado a distancias de 1.7km. Hasta el momento la draga no ha requerido de reparaciones ni repuestos mayores.

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Las dragas Ellicott son diseñadas para grandes operaciones como estas, pero al mismo tiempo son portátiles y se pueden movilizar en camiones con relativa facilidad y rapidez. Las dragas Ellicott son la solución ideal cuando se requiere confiabilidad en proyectos difíciles!

Para mayor información contactar a:
Andres Borasino
International Sales Manager
[email protected]
+410 878 7166
+410 818 8810
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Ellicott Dredges’ Parent Company Makes Fortune 500 List

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises is pleased to announce that its parent, Markel Corporation, (NYSE: MKL) has earned a position on the latest Fortune 500 list, at number 476, with over $5 billion of revenues. This selection marks Markel’s first time ever on the list. Until relatively recently Markel was exclusively an insurance company.

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises is part of Markel Ventures (MV), the non-insurance operations of Markel. Markel Ventures, with over 7,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenues, earned over 70% of that revenue from manufacturing operations including Ellicott.

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Ellicott 3870 Super Dragon dredge in Bangladesh

3870 Super Dragon Dredge Specs
Discharge Diameter                26″ (650 mm)
Max. Digging Depth                60′ (18 m)
Total Power                             4000 HP (2983 kW)

Ellicott sells portable suction dredges through the following brands: Ellicott, IDRECO, Mud Cat, IMS, Liquid Waste Technology; and mechanical dredges though the Rohr brand. Representative recent deliveries include a 26” 4000 HP (2983 kW) dredge to the government of Bangladesh and a 800 HP (600 kW) dredge to a South Pacific island.

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Ellicott 670 Dragon dredge in South Pacific

670 Dragon Dredge Specs
Discharge Diameter                12-14″ (305-355 mm)
Max. Digging Depth                33-42′ (10-12.8 m)
Total Power                              800 HP (600 kW)

In its 30 years as a public company, Markel has posted outstanding financial returns with a growth rate in book value of 14% per annum, compounded, growing from $16 million to almost $8 billion! Current market value exceeds US $13 billion. Earnings over that same period have grown more than one hundred fold, from $5million to almost $600 million.

Markel’s strategy for its non-insurance operations (MV) is to “buy, build, and hold.” A subsequent sale or exit is not part of the MV business model. Its companies are financed with permanent capital using little or no debt, providing management maximum operating flexibility. Markel invests permanent capital in businesses that meet the following criteria:

  1. Profitable businesses with good returns on capital
  2. Talented management teams and a culture of integrity
  3. Reinvestment opportunities and capital discipline

“Ellicott, a 130+ year old company with established management and market-leading products and technologies, meets these criteria well,” said Ventures CEO Mike Heaton.

Ellicott President and CEO Peter Bowe noted that having the backing of Markel gives Ellicott customers the comfort of knowing that Ellicott will be around another century to serve them and support their growth, through good times and bad.

New Hires, Promotions and Awards for Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

ROHR-IDRECO

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises announces that Fulco Vrooland has joined the company as Managing Director of their ROHR-IDRECO Dredge Systems European division. In this capacity he will be working to expand the company’s business within Europe as well as internationally.
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Fulco Vrooland, Managing Director of RI European division

Fulco brings an impressive background in the maritime sector. He has worked as Chief Commercial Officer of a Japanese manufacturer of specialized marine cargo handling equipment and as Deputy Head of Ship Sales for a Japanese shipyard. Fulco’s most recent employer was Royal IHC, where he served as the Commercial Director of the Dredging Division and was a member of its Executive Committee.

Fulco will be working out of ROHR-IDRECO’s European offices. He may be reached at [email protected].

ELLICOTT DREDGE TECHNOLOGIES

Ellicott also announces that Ryan Horton has been promoted from Vice President of Sales for IMS Dredges to a new position as Vice President, Auger Dredges for its Ellicott Dredge Technologies group, based in North America. This newly created position will combine the sales and marketing of all of Ellicott’s auger product lines including: IMS Versi-Dredge, with its patented Starwheel self-propulsion systems; Mud Cat™, the original auger dredge; and LWT – Liquid Waste Technology, which designs and makes customized wastewater treatment dredging solutions.

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Ryan Horton, Vice President, Auger Dredges

Ryan started with IMS in 1999, first working on the shop floor. He has a degree in marketing from the University of Kansas. Ryan also has several dredge technology patents in his name and is credited with conceptualizing the Depth Master product line and other innovations.

Ryan commented: “My team and I are excited to usher in a new era of innovation by combining the engineering and global sales resources from our world class auger dredge brands.”

ELLICOTT DREDGES

Finally, Ellicott advises with pleasure that CEO Magazine selected its Corporate Secretary, Myrna LaBarre, for its Executive Management Award, recognizing her leadership and accomplishments. An independent committee of business leaders selected Myrna for this award based on criteria of finding those who uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission.

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Myrna LaBarre accepting her Executive Management Award

Myrna was honored at a gala reception on March 24th. CEO Magazine noted that after more than 50 years with Ellicott, LaBarre still has what it takes to help newer management members understand how Ellicott works, and how it has stayed in business for over 130 years. Her recipe for success? “To be honest, be helpful, accept your mistakes and improve upon them.”

Ellicott’s CEO Peter Bowe noted that all three individuals reflect well on Ellicott and its ability to retain and attract talented people.