Charles Machine Works has appointed Kevin Smith as HammerHead Trenchless Equipment president. Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works and interim HammerHead president during the candidate selection process, has endorsed Smith as the ideal choice for the company, which offers trenchless repair and rehabilitation solutions, as well as pneumatic tools for a variety of applications.

 “Kevin’s incisive vision comes directly from his solid industry background working with leading manufacturers within the Charles Machine Works family of companies,” Johnson says. “This means he knows every aspect of the business from multiple angles. He not only sees where HammerHead Trenchless Equipment can go but how to get there.”

Smith had been serving as president of MTI Equipment, itself a Charles Machine Works company, where Smith had worked through the years as director of product definition and research, product planning manager, business manager and salesman.

Smith said he looks forward to continuing the legacy of HammerHead Trenchless Equipment. “I strongly believe that our strategic alliances with global industry leaders and our close relationship with our sister companies Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics, DW/TXS, Radius HDD, American Augers, Trencor and MTI Equipment, will continue to assure the success of our customers. This is an exciting time to take this position, having seen the new, next-generation solutions being launched, with more soon to be released.”

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, of Lake Mills, Wis., manufactures and delivers a unique combination of repair, rehabilitation and installation equipment and consumables for the underground construction market. Besides being a full solutions provider in repair and rehabilitation, HammerHead also offers field support and project consultation to its customers worldwide. HammerHead products are proudly made in the U.S. and sold and serviced in more than 63 countries. For more information, visit