founder and Chairman of the Board of CMI, G. W. “Bill” Swisher, Jr.
has led CMI Corporation in the development and issuance of over 50
U.S. and foreign patents relating to automated equipment for the
construction, transportation, mining and process control industries,
with automated heavy industrial equipment that has helped
revolutionize the way roads are built.
In the mid 1960’s Swisher launched what would become CMI’s history
of innovation with the introduction of a family of AUTO-GRADE
trimming and paving machines.
The first product was a two-lane pavement sub-grader, which
automatically guided; leveled and controlled speed. This automated
machine increased productivity four times more than any other
existing machine in the paving industry and had a accuracy rating
ten times better, thus increasing the productivity of grading
contractors by over 500%.
In the decades that followed, CMI went on to produce new and
innovative products in other areas of paving technology. Even though
the company’s innovations were helping contractors work faster and
with greater accuracy and higher profits, Swisher was not content
with the level of technology in CMI’s new product areas. With an eye
to the future, Mr. Swisher led CMI to increase productivity and
extend the application of all its new products. This quest to
improve the status quo remains a driving force in CMI’s engineering,
product development and marketing.
Today, CMI employs over 1200 people, including numerous sales
representatives who travel outside the USA, helping increase the
company’s business in the Southern Hemisphere.
Swisher, a trailblazer in his corporate field; is also a leader in
governmental, community and civic activities. He has served on the
Board of numerous Committees and Associations, a few of which
include The Road Information Program, the American Road &
Transportation Builders Association, the American Transportation
Advisory Council, the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory
Council, the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, the Oklahoma Medical
Research Foundation, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, the United
Way of Greater Oklahoma City and the Boy Scouts of America. He has
been awarded Scouting’s highest national leadership honor, the
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