Pileco Inc. Mourns the Loss of Founder and Respected Colleague Otto Kammerer (1931-2009)

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A Visionary in the Foundation Equipment Industry, Kammerer opened the Doors of Pileco over 40 Years Ago and Secured Position as a Global Leader before Passing Away at the Age of 78

Pileco Inc. announced this week the passing of its revered founder and chairman of the board, Otto Kammerer, who died March 26 after a long and successful career in the foundation construction industry.

A memorial service is planned for May 6, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church located at 1801 Sage Road in Houston.

Following the memorial service the family cordially invites friends and colleagues to a reception at Pileco Inc, 111 Berry Rd. Houston, TX, 77022, in honor of Otto Kammerer from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.

Kammerer has become over the years an integral part of the deep foundation industry, building Pileco Inc. with a business ethic and commitment to innovation that continues today - solidifying the foundation on which the company sits and enabling it to continue to grow despite current economic conditions.

Opening the doors of Pileco in 1966, Kammerer was a visionary and launched Pileco onto the international scene with superior pile driving equipment and a merger with German giant BAUER Maschinen GmbH. The respect the company garners from its employees and industry partners alike is a tribute to his work.

"Otto's absence will certainly be felt. Though his work ethic and vision for the company are ingrained and ever present," said Pileco President George Smith.

"Personally Otto has been my mentor and friend for the past 38 years, and he allowed me to grow within the company. Otto's giving and unselfish approach to life touched all employees, customers and countless colleagues within the industry. Our Pileco Family will miss him but never forget him," Smith added.

"I have personally known Otto Kammerer for 50 years. I was reminded from the many calls I received last week that it is still amazing how well known and well thought of Otto was in our industry. He truly was one of a kind and he certainly will be missed by many," said Pileco Vice President and Chief Manufacturing Officer LeRoy Wesatzke.

Starting with just a handful of employees yet a drive second only to his passion, Pileco now has offices in Texas, California, Florida and Panama.

The family would like friends and colleagues to know that the charity organization for which Kammerer was passionate is Boys & Girls Country, A Home for Children. Those choosing to do so may make donations to this organization in his name. This can be done online at http://www.boysandgirlscountry.org.

To learn more about the memorial and driving directions, log onto http://www.pileco.com. Or, call 1-800-474-5326.


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