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Charlie Astafan

Charlie is the General Manager of Columbus McKinnon’s Sarasota Operations. Sarasota Florida is the home of the company’s manufacturing facility where Charlie oversees the development, design, manufacturing, sales and service organization that supports its tire recycling equipment. Charlie has been the General Manager of CM’s Sarasota Operations for over the past 20 years.

CM tire recycling equipment stretches around the globe. Under Charlie’s leadership the company now has over 400 installations in 30 different counties.

Prior to that, Charlie held the position of Director of Sales and he has been employed with Columbus McKinnon Corporation for over the 25 years.

Charlie was one of the founding members of ISRI’s Scrap Tire Processors Chapter and has served on ISRI’s Tire Wire Taskforce that developed specifications for tire wire quality. Currently Charlie serves on ISRI’s Tire Fiber Committee and is assisting in identifying and developing markets for tire fiber.

Also Charlie serves on the ASTM committee’s for Playground Surface Systems and Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities.