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June 5, 2018

Biz Buzz: Ashley Smith named company’s CEO

Ashley Smith has worked 33 years at the precast concrete company his grandfather founded in 1960.
Ashley Smith named CEO of Smith-Midland

Smith-Midland Corp. has announced the appointment of Ashley B. Smith as chief executive officer, succeeding Rodney I. Smith, who will remain chairman of the board of directors.

Ashley Smith, the chairman’s son, began his full-time career with the company 33 years ago in the Sales and Marketing Department. He ran the licensing division, EASI-SET Worldwide, from 1988 to 1991. Transferring back to Smith-Midland as vice president of sales, he rose to become president and chief operating officer in 2008. He has been involved with management and oversight of all company divisions throughout his tenure at Smith-Midland and has been a director since 1994. He serves as chairman of the National Precast Concrete Association.

“For more than 30 years, I’ve worked alongside some of the smartest minds in our industry and visited over 400 precast concrete plants in the U.S., Canada, and overseas,” Mr. Smith said. “This experience has prepared me for the role that I am taking on today.

“Smith-Midland has a 58-year track record of innovation and excellence in the market, and I look forward to continuing and building upon that success. I’m eager to work with our internal team, board of directors, and stakeholders to thrive and grow through the next 50 years.”

The succession plan is several years in the making. In December 2017, the board of directors voted for Ashley Smith to succeed Rodney Smith in the CEO role in September 2018. The date was moved up to May 24, so the elder Smith can concentrate on assisting with new product development and a personal health issue.

The late David G. Smith, a farmer with a creative streak, founded the company in 1960. Rodney Smith in 1965 succeeded his father as the company’s president.

A publicly-traded company based in Southern Fauquier, Smith-Midland Corp. develops, manufactures and sells a broad array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation and utilities industries. The company has manufacturing plants in Midland, Reidsville, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. A wholly-owned subsidiary, Easi-Set Worldwide licenses the production and sale of J-J Hooks and other Easi-Set precast products and provides diversification opportunities to the precast industry worldwide.

Vint Hill targets data centers

Vint Hill wants to attract more data centers.

Washington, D.C.-based EFO Capital Management Inc., which owns much of the former Army base near New Baltimore, announced recently announced it has retained firms to help develop the property for high-tech use.

EFO has entered an “exclusive agreement” with Project Solutions Group Inc., North American Data Centers LLC and Thomas & Co. Realty Advisors LLC “to manage and market the new Vint Hill Technology Campus @ Vint Hill Farms.”

The campus covers more than 75 acres and can accommodate more than 1 million square feet of data centers, according to EFO Capital Management President Mitch Neitzey.

“The site is zoned by right for data center use and will have sufficient redundant power and redundant communication channels,” Mr. Neitzey said. “Vint Hill Technology Campus also conforms to all federal data center setback requirements and the highest-level secured environment, being the home of the FAA’s Potomac Tricon and OVH’s secured data center site.

“The property enjoys the support and commitment of Fauquier County for continued expansion of the data center market.”

French-based OVH has renovated a building at Vint Hill for its first U.S. data center. Fauquier also has a data center the federal government’s Warrenton Training Center and has approved zoning for up to 1.8 million square feet of data centers just northeast of Remington.

“With PSG, NADC, and Thomas & Co. I am confident that I have the right management and marketing team in place to bring premium data center users to the Vint Hill Technology Campus to market,” Mr. Neitzey said.

Project Solutions Group provides full-service project management and support to clients, from real estate strategy consulting and transaction services to design and construction. The PSG team is led by President/CEO Dave Zorger with 35 years in the data center market.

NADC is a national real estate firm that helps clients develop data center. Jim Kerrigan founded NADC in 2014 and has spent nearly 20 years advising companies on solutions for their data centers.

Thomas & Co., a real estate firm founded in 2001, focuses on sales and leasing of commercial property in the Washington and Baltimore area. Thomas Saehler is its broker/owner and a member of the team.

Albert Shotwell, senior vice president of real estate services for PSG and an agent for Thomas & Co., will lead the team.

Carrier honors Appleton Campbell

Warrenton-based Appleton Campbell recently received the 2018 President’s award from Carrier, recognizing outstanding dealers in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry.

The recipients, honored at a ceremony in Orlando, demonstrate the very best in operational excellence, business effectiveness and the delivery of cutting-edge technology to customers.

Appleton Campbell provides commercial and residential plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical service and new installations throughout Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax counties and Fredericksburg.

Founded in 1976 by Jim Appleton, grandfather of current President Mike Appleton, Appleton Campbell has remained a family-owned and operated business dedicated to the community.

“The 2018 Carrier President’s Award winners have demonstrated excellence in providing customers with outstanding service as ambassadors of our industry,” said Chris Nelson, Carrier’s president for North America HVAC Systems & Service. “The award further establishes their commitment as a leader in their community.”

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Stacie Griffin · June 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm
All great news! Congratulations Ashley Smith and Appleton Campbell for your success, and good news on the positive growth in Vint Hill.
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