Blastcrete Equipment Company Retains Key Neal Manufacturing Employees Following Acquisition

Maury Bagwell
Maury Bagwell

Blastcrete Equipment Company has retained several key Neal Manufacturing employees following its acquisition of the company in November 2013. Neal, a leading manufacturer of mechanized asphalt sealcoating equipment, now operates as a division of Blastcrete in Anniston, Ala.

Greg Dodson, Eric Humphries and Edward Langley are staying on with the company. They join Maury Bagwell, who left his position as Neal’s president in 2011 to join the Blastcrete team.

Blastcrete President Jim Farrell said that, with Blastcrete’s financial stability, Neal customers can be assured Neal will be there to provide the equipment and service they need for years to come. He added that Blastcrete and Neal customers are fortunate to be able to benefit from the experience, expertise and continuity that Dodson, Humphries, Langley and Bagwell provide for the new Blastcrete division.

“We’re excited about continuing Neal’s leadership in the industry, meeting the needs of its existing customer base and reaching out to new customers,” Farrell said. “These are excellent employees who, over the years, helped connect the Neal name to quality and innovation in sealcoating. Now they’re doing the same as part of the Blastcrete family.”

Dodson brings 20 years of industry experience to his role as a fabrication specialist. He has held a range of positions at Neal and other companies, including purchaser, designer, fabricator and shop manager.

Humphries also brings 20 years of industry experience to the new division in his role as sales manager. He was a sales representative for Neal from 1994 to 2001, then opened Advantage Sealcoating in Atlanta in 2001 and rejoined Neal in 2005. Humphries serves as a seminar instructor, and with his broad experience he can educate both contractors and manufacturers from both sides of the business.

Langley, who gained 10 years of experience as a repair technician at Neal, assembles and maintains products to ensure maximum performance. He earned a degree in flexography from West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton, Ga.

Bagwell invented the 50-gpm electrically controlled pump (ESP) and 100-gpm electrically controlled super sand pump (ESSP) hydraulic piston pump systems. Both of them, along with the application specific hydraulic demand system, were protected under U.S. patents. He brings 39 years of industry experience to overseeing design, engineering and maintenance as Blastcrete’s general manager. Bagwell earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Neal Manufacturing has been leading the mechanized asphalt sealcoating equipment industry since 1977. The company pioneered the development of ride-on squeegee and self-propelled machines, as well as its 50-gpm electrically controlled pump (ESP) and 100-gpm electrically controlled super sand pump (ESSP) hydraulic piston pump systems, which were industry firsts. Neal Manufacturing is a division of Blastcrete Equipment Co., a manufacturer of mixing, pumping and spraying equipment serving the refractory, shotcrete, concrete construction and repair, underground mining and tunneling, and power generation industries worldwide. For more information: Blastcrete Equipment Company, Neal Manufacturing Division visit: