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New Company President

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    William “Bill” Estes

    April 18, 2024

    The GEOKON Board of Directors is pleased to announce William “Bill” Estes as our new Company President. Bill is succeeding Chuck Chamley, who is retiring from GEOKON after 35 years of service.

    Bill is a highly experienced Global Operations Leader with a successful track record of managing global businesses for growth and profitability. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UMass, Lowell and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, Wellesley.

    Bill has over 30 years’ experience, which includes working with sensors and engineering firms to develop technical solutions for demanding applications. His career included positions at Allen-Bradley, ABB and at Anderson Power Products, where he was working prior to joining GEOKON. His experience also includes a sound understanding of financial metrics, together with a keen manufacturing acumen, built around safety and lean manufacturing competencies.

    Bill shared his excitement about joining GEOKON and the opportunity of working with our talented team. “I am honored to be chosen as the President of GEOKON, a company with a remarkable history of delivering excellence to its customers and making a positive impact in the geotechnical and structural monitoring industry. Together, I hope we will build on this strong foundation, capitalize on new opportunities, and chart a path of sustained success.”

    We believe the combination of Bill’s experience, culture, and communication skills, together with his passion for mentoring makes him an ideal fit for the continued growth of GEOKON.

    Please join us in welcoming Bill to GEOKON! Contact Bill ›

New Regional Office in Canada

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    GEOKON Canada

    GEOKON is pleased to announce the opening of GEOKON Canada, a new regional office in Toronto, Canada. The new office, located in the capital city of Ontario, will oversee the Canadian region and will be focused on expanding the understanding and use of geotechnical and structural instrumentation in a variety of industries such as mining, energy and infrastructure.

    Jeff Lam, a M.Eng., Geotechnical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto, will be overseeing the Canada office as Regional Director. Jeff, with more than 15 years of experience in Geotechnical Engineering and Business Development, is committed to providing the excellent customer service and support for which GEOKON is well known.

    Contact Jeff › | Canada office: +1 (647) 325-3766 (mobile).

GEOKON Acquires Swiss Precision Turning, Inc.

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    Swiss Precision Turning Acquisition

    January 17, 2023

    GEOKON is pleased to announce that it has completed the 100% acquisition of Swiss Precision Turning, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont. Swiss Precision Turning, founded in 1990 by Willy Buhlmann, is a precision machining company serving the Medical, Aerospace, Optical and Geotechnical industries. Their mission is to provide the highest product quality and customer satisfaction in the industries served.

    “Swiss Precision Turning have been a valued partner of GEOKON for well over 30 years and our cultures were a natural fit. This acquisition ensures the future supply of high-quality machined components that we and other customers have come to rely on over the years. We are excited that these partnerships will continue well into the future. We wish Willy all the best in his retirement and are honored to continue with the legacy he built,” said Chuck Chamley, President, GEOKON.

    GEOKON Vice President of Finance, Scott Barden, adds, “We are very excited to bring the Swiss Precision Turning employees, customers, and vendors into the GEOKON family. Our collective commitments to quality, customer service, and the wellbeing of our employees make this alliance a perfect fit for both companies. We would also like to thank Mascoma Bank and the Vermont Economic Development Authority for their support in the transaction, and their commitments to the local communities.”

    “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as the head of Swiss Precision Turning over the past 33 years, and it is with confidence that I pass stewardship of this company over to our partners at GEOKON. I trust this transition will be a smooth one for both our clients and employees and thank everyone who has contributed to such a wonderful career.” added Willy Buhlmann, Founder of Swiss Precision Turning.

GEOKON is Now 100% Employee-Owned

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    GEOKON Becomes 100% Employee-Owned Through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

    December 5, 2022

    GEOKON is pleased to announce that it has completed the transition to 100% Employee-Owned through its newly created Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). GEOKON, located in Lebanon, NH, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of geotechnical and structural instrumentation.

    “During a time where our industry is witnessing consolidation via venture capitalism, we are pleased to resist this trend and transition to a 100% Employee-Owned company. Our 43-year success is built on quality, service, and the efforts of our dedicated employees.

    We believe that their ownership will contribute greatly to the next chapter of GEOKON, and we look forward to the extraordinary results of the trust we’ve placed in their capable hands.”, said Chuck Chamley, President.

    Barrie Sellers, Founder and President Emeritus, added “I’m happy that I can leave GEOKON in the hands of the people who helped me make it the outstanding company that it is.”

    About GEOKON

    Founded in 1979 by Barrie Sellers, GEOKON has grown to more than 160 employees and offers a full complement of instrumentation for a wide range of industries including tunnels, dams, mines, piles, bridges, pipelines, landfills, embankments, transportation and wind turbines. The company incorporates state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and equipment to produce the highest quality and performing products on the market.

New Quality Assurance Manager

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    Yvonne Findley

    GEOKON is pleased to announce the appointment of Yvonne Findley as Quality Assurance Manager. Yvonne has 15 years of manufacturing leadership experience in production, warehouse, continuous improvement, and quality. Yvonne proudly served in the U.S. Airforce, was stationed in numerous domestic locations, and spent 18 months on an island territory of Portugal. She possesses a wide range of manufacturing knowledge, including process streamlining, continuous improvement, cost savings, and the development of strategic goals.

    In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing with her children, especially cruising. She also enjoys kayaking and fishing.

    Please join us in welcoming Yvonne to GEOKON! Contact Yvonne ›

New Regional Office in South America

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    GEOKON Latin America

    GEOKON is pleased to announce the opening of GEOKON Latin America, a new regional office located in Santiago, Chile. The new office, located in Las Condes borough of the capitol Santiago, will oversee the Central and South America regions and will be focused on expanding the understanding and use of geotechnical and structural instrumentation in a variety of industries such as mining, energy and infrastructure.

    Francisco Vega, a Civil Engineering graduate from Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, who is also a Geotechnical, Tailings and Mine Waste Specialist, will be overseeing the Latin America office as Regional Director. Francisco, with more than 12 years of experience as a Geotechnical Engineer in both the infrastructure and Mining & Energy sectors, is committed to providing the excellent customer service and support for which GEOKON is well known.

    Contact Francisco at the Latin America office, or call +56-2-2666-4249 (office), or +56-9-7578-6241 (mobile).

    GEOKON América Latina

    GEOKON se complace en anunciar la apertura de GEOKON América Latina, una nueva oficina regional ubicada en Santiago de Chile. La nueva oficina, ubicada en la comuna de Las Condes de la capital Santiago, supervisará las regiones de América Central y del Sur y se centrará en ampliar la comprensión y el uso de instrumentación geotécnica y estructural en una variedad de industrias como minería, energía e infraestructura.

    Francisco Vega, Ingeniero Civil egresado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, también Especialista en Geotecnia, Relaves y Residuos Mineros, estará supervisando la oficina de América Latina como Director Regional. Francisco tiene 12 años de experiencia en los sectores de Infraestructura, Minería y Energía y está comprometido a brindar el excelente servicio y soporte al cliente por el cual GEOKON es bien conocido.

    Comuníquese con Francisco en la oficina de América Latina, o llame al teléfono: +56-2-2666-4249 o al móvil: +56-9-7578-6241.