Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) promoted John Hayes to branch manager of ECA Florida and hired Ben Morgan as product service manager with the Bauer Service Team (BST).

Hayes will manage all aspects of ECA’s branch in Green Cove Springs, Florida, including sales, rental, parts and service. In a release, ECA says Hayes has excelled since being hired in 2016 as southeast regional sales manager covering Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Caribbean.

Hayes’ understanding of the challenges foundation contractors face is based on spending most of his career in the geotechnical market, in addition to participating in more than 250 load tests as an employee of a global engineering firm specializing in capacity testing for deep foundations.

He will continue to be active in the deep foundation industry though a variety of trade associations including the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC-IAFD), Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), Geo-Institute, Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), and the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). Hayes has also authored, co-authored, and presented several industry papers to numerous state and federal transportation events.

“The Florida branch continues to grow and much of that success is attributed to John,” says Vice President – Sales and Marketing Jeff Harmston. “ECA anticipates continued expansion in that territory and he’s definitely the right person to lead the charge.”

Morgan brings a unique and valuable perspective to ECA’s customers as product service manager. He most recently served in a similar role with Case Foundation Company (now Keller North America).

Based in Chicago, Morgan supports ECA’s service technicians and customers with information on the capabilities of foundation equipment, matching rigs and tooling to specific applications; and coordinating logistics. In a release, ECA says his technical understanding of the company’s foundation equipment traces back to his role as assistant shop manager at Case Foundation’s fabrication shop, where he specialized in drilling rigs and cranes.

ECA says Morgan is also a former contractor, giving him first-hand perspective into the repercussions of contractors not getting equipment delivered in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

“Ben’s experience at Keller is invaluable to ECA,” says Director of Bauer Product Sales & Service Gordian Ulrich. “He brings a new dimension to ECA’s equipment management capabilities by giving us the ability to better understand our client’s perspective.”

ECA has supplied foundation construction equipment in the eastern United States and eastern Canada for more than a century. The company is exclusive distributor for Bauer drills, Klemm anchor and micropile drills, RTG piling Rigs, Bauer MAT slurry handling systems, HPSI vibratory pile hammers, Word International drill attachments, Dawson construction products, ALLU ground improvement equipment, Pile Master air hammers, and Digga dangle drills. ECA offers sales, rentals, service, and parts from nine facilities throughout the eastern U.S. and eastern Canadian provinces. Visit for more information.