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Mixer systems founder William Boles, 1927-2014.

An entrepreneur who built a full service concrete plant equipment business around the most complete line of mixers to bear the Made in America label, William 0. Boles died in late March near his Milwaukee-area home.

A Lexington, Ky., native, Bill Boles reported for Army duty after graduating from high school in 1946, deploying to occupied Japan for a Signal Corps tour. Upon his return, he attended the University of Kentucky, where his father Stanley coached multiple sports and, as director of Athletics, hired basketball program legend Adolph Rupp.

Bill Boles started his career in Great Lakes territory sales for Reynolds Aluminum Co. A concrete plant equipment tenure that eclipsed 50 years began with one of the industry's heritage businesses, T.L. Smith Machine, a key player in both mixer trucks and precast-geared plant mixers. After 16 years in equipment sales and marketing--culminating with employer ATO, part of the Figgie International conglomerate--Boles acquired T.L. Smith's Turbin pan mixer intellectual property in 1979.

Founding Mixer Systems Inc. in Brookfield, Wis., he leveraged the Turbin line, plus the Praschak horizontal shaft mixer technology acquired in 1984. Boles and his engineering team extended the pan and horizontal mixer lines into the industrial and environmental markets in 1985, while also realizing that the concrete industry would soon look for an equipment source offering more than mixers alone.

Mixer Systems began to manufacture and build plants and controls in 1986, ultimately establishing a division, Plant Service & Installation Inc., to solidify its role as turnkey supplier for concrete producers. Boles and his engineering team continued with product improvements, plus aggregate bin heating and automatic mixer washout system innovations. Planetary and twin shaft mixer series were added to the portfolio in 2007 and 2009. They positioned Mixer Systems as the only American company with the four leading mixer types for manufactured-concrete operations.

Mirroring the profile of many customers, Boles modeled his company as a family-owned and operated business. Two of his four children, David and Lesley, remain involved in day-to-day operations. The Mixer Systems family will continue to build on equipment and service innovations consistent with the founder's vision.

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Date:May 1, 2014
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