Austrian agricultural irrigation technology engineering group Bauer, with headquarters in Voitsberg, Styria, has named Tim Herman as its new general manager of North American operations. Bauer’s U.S. office is located in Michigan City, Ind.

Herman is responsible for the irrigation management and waste management (slurry) operations and heads a team of 8 people in North America. Most of his career has been in the agricultural industry.

Herman started in the irrigation business in 1988 working for Cadman Power Equipment of Courtland, Ontario. Cadman was a small regional manufacturer of travelers. He was responsible for establishing a dealer network in the U.S. Most of those dealers are still actively selling the equipment.

In 1992, he left Cadman's to join Diamond Plastics Corp. as an agricultural territory sales manager. Diamond Plastics manufactures PVC ranging form 2-48 inches for both agricultural and municipal use. Responsibilities included servicing of existing dealers and distributors as well as developing new dealers and distributors in the Eastern half of the U.S. He continued in this capacity for Diamond until 2000 when he formed Tim & Associates, an independent manufacturer's representative company. With Diamond's blessing Herman immediately began servicing Diamond's customers in his new capacity.

In 2001, he added Cadman Power Equipment as a manufacturer and took over the duties of U.S. sales manager, responsible for the hiring and training of Cadman's sales staff, as well as marketing.

The Bauer Group at a Glance

Since its founding in 1930, the BAUER Group — with headquarters in Voitsberg, Styria (Austria), has been focused on irrigation and slurry management technology. Whilst initially producing wastewater and slurry pumps, the company first became an international player in the sector of irrigation technology in 1947 with the patent-protected Bauer lever lock coupling - named after Rudolf Bauer, the company founder. Today the company is developing rapidly in the biotechnology sector (wastewater treatment or biogas plants) and is focusing on three main fields: irrigation management, waste management as well as energy management.

BAUER is the global market leader in irrigation technology: An area in excess of 1,5 million hectares is globally irrigated. A major part of sales representing 50% of the total turnover is achieved in the sectors of slurry and environmental waste processing. The BAUER Group exports to 80 plus countries of the world. With. 500 employees, Bauer made an annual turnover of 145 million Euros in 2007-08. With an export ratio of over 93%, the main markets of the BAUER Group are Germany, France, the CEE countries, China, the USA, South America and Australia. Today the Bauer Group consists of 20 companies worldwide.

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