Industry News - October 2021

Industry News - October 2021

Ameri-Can Engineering’s Bird passes away

Ronald C. “Ron” Bird, founder of Ameri-Can Engineering Co., passed away Aug. 30, 2021. He was 89.

Bird and his wife, Gladys, founded the company in 1988 and were considered innovators for their designs of restroom and shower trailer systems. The Birds won the 2005 Andy Gump Lifetime Achievement Award from the Portable Sanitation Association International.

“Ron loved the people of the industry and the trade shows,” says Keegan Campbell, chief operating officer for Ameri-Can, based in Argos, Indiana. “The sight of Ameri-Can trailers set up in a trade show booth would bring Ron to tears of joy and pride. He instilled that pride into every team member of Ameri-Can Engineering past, present and future.”

Bird is survived by children Kimberly Young, Sandi Korzen, David Bird, Steven Cook, David Harling, Thomas Harling,  Patricia Lontz,  Kathy Harling and Garry Harling; 26 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Preceding Bird in death were his wife, Gladys, and sons Robert Harling and Warren Harling.   


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