Hall of FameAEM proudly welcomed Dwight "Dyke" Messinger, president and CEO of Power Curbers Inc., into its Hall of Fame last week.

A wealth of industry leaders, executives and advocates celebrated and honored Messinger’s professional achievements and contributions at AEM’s Annual Conference at the The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida.

“The AEM Hall of Fame honors the dedicated individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry, and we are pleased to welcome Dyke Messinger into this elite group,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.

“Their innovation and creativity inspire the next generation of leaders to continue our industry’s commitment to enhancing productivity, sustainability, and economic and social prosperity.”

Through focusing on research and development, customer service and support, and diversification, Dwight “Dyke” Messinger took Power Curbers Inc. from a small regional manufacturer to a major global player in the concrete paving industry.

Under Messinger's leadership, Power Curbers launched the 5700 Series curb machine, a product that has had dramatic effects on industries ranging from agriculture to rail. Always seeking ways to improve, Messinger made drastic changes to the business throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including moving to a direct sales and service model, creating a lean manufacturing environment, strategically acquiring other businesses, launching a new product line of concrete slipform pavers, and enhancing customer service.

By embracing safety and sustainability before it was in vogue, Messinger instituted numerous safety and green initiatives. As a result, thousands of pounds of waste is now diverted from landfills each year. In addition, energy consumption at the facility has declined, and cost-savings and resources have been realized from recycling. Messinger has made safety a top priority in both product development and in the manufacturing facility. Always concerned about the safety of those who work around concrete pavers, Messinger initiated a gathering of U.S. manufacturers to study ways to make the machines safer through a commitment to listening to customer concerns.

Active within the industry, Messinger has served in leadership positions for both AEM and the National Association of Manufacturers. Messinger is a shining example of corporate citizenship within his community, contributing to the success of the United Way, Livingstone College, Boy Scouts of America, Rowan Helping Ministries, and numerous other area youth foundations, community projects and environmental groups.

AEM Hall of Fame inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of equipment manufacturing: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility and sustainability.  

Visit the AEM Hall of Fame for more information on past inductees.