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Dutton retires after making deep impact on the foundation industry

Industry News
Written by Piling Canada
March 2019

Ben Dutton retired from Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) in December 2018 after more than 43 years climbing through the ranks of the foundation construction equipment distributor. His large personality and commitment to serving others have left a mark throughout the global foundation industry.

Dutton started as a sales engineer at ECA in 1975 and quickly advanced to the role of Philadelphia branch manager at age 29. He spent many years as executive vice president of sales and marketing before eventually being promoted to president.

“I am pleased to have contributed to the advancement of the deep foundation construction industry,” Dutton said. “But mostly, I am honoured and privileged to have worked with competitors, suppliers, customers and employees to provide the same growth and opportunities I have experienced in a career that has spanned nearly five decades.”

Although stationed in ECA’s Philadelphia office, his influence extended from the U.S. to Canada and Europe as the firm strategically expanded products, manufacturers and markets. Dutton worked closely with CEO Roy Kern and his father Al to mould ECA into the global leader in foundation equipment it is today. The peak of his impact came in the mid-1990s when he worked with Roy Kern to orchestrate ECA’s expansion into the international drilling market.

Dutton’s industry accomplishments include the presidency of the Delaware Valley Associated Equipment Distributors’ board of directors and member of the executive committee for the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors/International Association of Foundation Drillers (ADSC-IAFD). In addition to his board responsibility at ADSC-IAFD, he held the positions of associate member chairman, co-chair of the education committee, chairman of the Supervisory Personnel Training Institute and chairman of the Management Personnel Training Institute. Dutton was a charter member of the Deep Foundations Institute and remained active over many years with various committees. He also supported other associations including the Pile Driving Contractors Association, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, and Utility and Transportation Contractors of New Jersey.

“Throughout his career Ben has touched many of us – employees, customers, vendors, trade groups and competitors alike – and could always be counted on for his industry knowledge, vision, professionalism, sales acumen and friendship,” said Roy Kern. “He’s been a force within our industry and a huge contributor towards the development and growth ECA has enjoyed over the last 40-plus years.” 🍁

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