Company

Offering Leading-Edge Equipment & Service

Founded in 1998, Pathfinder Systems offers leading-edge equipment with innovative technology geared toward providing high-quality concrete products. Pathfinder Systems has grown to include fully staffed sales and marketing departments, a stocked warehouse for local parts availability, and a service department of experienced industry professionals.

Our services range from providing replacement parts to developing full facility manufacturing solutions. We work alongside our customers to design, purchase, build and commission their concrete manufacturing plants and equipment. We also have considerable experience assisting our customers with their existing facility upgrades and retrofits.

Our Mission

By partnering with world-class engineering companies, we provide top-of-the-line concrete production machinery and automation to the United States and Canadian markets. As an industry leader, we are committed to providing the best after-sales service and support to both our customers and our vendors.

Vision

Building a sustainable future by utilizing concrete in every aspect of our communities’ construction. Concrete not only provides a safe and resilient surface for all types of building projects, but it also has the lowest cradle-to-grave environmental impact because of its longevity and carbon sequestration.

Our commitment to this goal includes providing automation, innovative ideas, service, and support while staying involved in the industry. A reliable, fast, and efficient production system helps reduce the cost of construction projects while also increasing supply, which in turn makes this material more adaptable to construction systems.

Empowering Our Customers to Be on the Leading Edge

We keep our customers updated on new concrete block, retaining wall, concrete slab and paver equipment from all over the world. Through this open communication channel, our customers can be assured that they will be the first to introduce new products for their market area that can’t be touched by their competitors. 

A wide range of new concrete block and concrete paver products are already out there just waiting for someone to take advantage of the opportunity.

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1998

Exclusive Seller of TIGER Machine

50+

Facilities Built

250+

Machines Installed

1000s

Parts in Stock

Our Story

Pathfinder Systems got its start as TIGER Machine’s partner for the US and Canadian markets. Founder Larry Hilldore put together a dedicated sales and service team to support our clients as the company continued to grow beyond production and secondary processing equipment to include the full range of concrete manufacturing products.

 

Expanding Our Partnerships and Business

Pathfinder purchased MERTS batching equipment in 2014. MERTS, LLC is a high-end equipment manufacturer for ready mix facilities and specializes in designing and building batch plants.

We’ve partnered up with additional companies in the dry cast segment of the concrete industry including GMM, whose experience in stone machinery focuses on grinding, polishing and shaping concrete products and natural stone.

We rounded out our portfolio with Vollert, a full-service machine manufacturer for carousel precast panel manufacturing and hollow core/prestress slab manufacturing. This partnership extended Pathfinder’s portfolio to include proven manufacturing techniques and engineered solutions in the precast concrete industry.

B+S Manhole & Pipe Manufacturing specializes in and provides us with automated manhole manufacturing and molds for the precast industry.

Servicing both the precast and dry cast industries, CureTec offers the most advanced concrete curing systems available on the market today.

Meet the Team

Leadership

President

Larry Hilldore

Call: 616-283-2227
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Larry began as a cuber technician at Lithibar Matik in Holland, Michigan, and eventually grew to become the company’s president and owner. In 1998, Hilldore founded Pathfinder Systems by partnering with TIGER Machine based out of Okayama, Japan. In 2014, Hilldore acquired MERTS Batching Equipment as part of his partnership with TIGER. In addition to being a past member of the Young Presidents Organization, Larry is involved in the World Presidents Organization and is deeply involved in the ICPI-NCMA organizations.

VP of Sales & Marketing

Travis Hilldore

Call: 616-403-7174
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Travis has been in the concrete production equipment business since 2005. He is an expert in TIGER and GMM products, with experience in special R&D projects ranging from specialty materials, curing, product processing, product development and process improvement. Travis is very involved in ICPI-NCMA associations. Valuing leadership, he has gone through several extensive leadership development trainings.

He is married with two daughters, two cats and two dogs and enjoys traveling with family, boating, snowboarding and relaxing in the backyard with a fire and a bourbon.

Sales & Development

West Cost Regional Sales

Mark Yoakum

Call: (616) 502-7181
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Mark has been in the construction industry for his entire working career and has an in-depth masonry and manufacturing background. His construction experience includes building highrise structures, underground utilities and public work projects. Mark has had the opportunity to work with partners from around the world, creating amazing relationships and having wild adventures. 

Mark has a wife and four children, with two grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors in all forms and loves helping customers improve their performance.

Southeast Regional Sales

Mark Arbet

Call: (770) 380-8524
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Mark started in the concrete products business in 1996 with an equipment manufacturer working in the Southeastern United States. After 10 years of software development and design for the concrete products industry and working with multiple producers, Mark was exposed to multiple types of products and processing styles. In the early 2000’s he moved into the production side; overseeing a block and ready-mix operation in Florida. This plant made architectural block, retaining wall and gray building units. Mark started overseeing multiple plant operations before joining Pathfinder in 2018.

Mark, his wife Suzzanne, and the rest of his family share a great love for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing and boating are among some of their favorite things to do.

Midwest Sales Engineer

Todd Lambert

Call: (616) 283-8734
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Todd joined Pathfinder as our newest Midwestern Sales Engineer with an engineering degree from South Dakota State and over 25 years of sales experience. Todd has extensive experience in sales and engineering that will ensure clients succeed. He is dedicated to playing a strong role in the midwestern states and listening to and understanding clients’ needs. Prior to joining the Pathfinder team, Todd worked at Johnson Controls in sales and building solutions. He has experience in engineering, sales and the precast industry. Todd is focused on producing optimal sales opportunities for customers as well as ensuring their success and performance to continuously improve industry standards.

Director of Business Development - Precast

Dana Hook

Call: (779) 771-3586
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Dana’s communication with suppliers, both international and domestic, is an asset to the Precast Business Unit. Dana has over 30 years of sales, technical, leadership and project management experience, and an engineering background that began at Pennsylvania State University. His passion is to provide engineered solutions to meet the innovative needs of upgrading our clients’ operations. His strengths include ensuring client satisfaction, strategic planning, customer relations, technical aptitude, and evaluating and identifying customer needs.

Midwest Special Project Regional Sales

Paul Wank

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Paul has been with Pathfinder for 15 years and has 45 years of experience in the concrete industry. He has experience in all aspects of concrete products manufacturing as a sales and service engineer, general manager and operations manager. He was also the president of Quality Concrete Products for 14 years. He now works part time for Pathfinder on special projects in the Midwest.

Service Techs

Phil Neal

Service Technician
(616) 283-1283
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Neil Calvert

Service Technician
(616) 283-1290
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Steve Taggart

Service Technician
(616) 610-9862
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Brian Heishman

Service Technician
(616) 741-6127
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Quint Thocher

Project Manager
(616) 395-8447
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Toyota Keisuke

Service Technician
(616) 395-8447
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Hitoshi Harada

Service Technician
(616) 395-8447
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Parts Department

Bill Notier

General Manager
(616) 399-9099
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Bill Mulligan

Lead Parts Coordinator
(616) 283-1147
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Justin Notier

Operations Manager
(616) 566-1040
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Dan Grennan

Shipping & Receiving Manager
(616) 399-9099
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Sarah Newman

Customer Support Associate
(616) 399-9099
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Administration

Mary Jo Spaulding

Accounts Receivable
(616) 395-8447
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Belicia Hernandez

Marketing Associate
(616) 317-2669
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Ashley Speet

Sales Administrative Assistant
(616) 317-2663
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Heather Spaulding

Operations Specialist
(616) 317-2437
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Industry Associations

Pathfinder Systems is an active member of the National and Regional Dry Cast and Precast Associations representing the concrete industry.

National Associations

Regional Dry Cast Associations

Regional Precast Associations

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