Associated Mechanical Erectors (AME), Inc.
In August 2023, AME. Inc. proudly established the Marion “Erik” Brakeman Memorial Scholarship in honor of Command Sergeant Major Marion “Erik” Brakeman. Erik’s remarkable journey began after completing his service in the U.S. Army, where he completed several tours overseas. Determined to excel, he pursued higher education at York Technical College, graduating with an Associate Degree in Civil and Mechanical Engineering.
Erik then joined the AME, Inc. family and embarked on a distinguished 24-year career as a Project Manager, leaving an indelible mark on the company’s legacy until his passing in October 2022. Erik’s commitment to service remained unwavering as he continued to serve in the South Carolina Army National Guard while he was employed with AME, Inc., rising to the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
Erik’s influence played a crucial role in the Joint Operations Center during state emergencies. Ensuring the safety and readiness of the men under his command was his paramount concern. In the same spirit, he cared deeply for his AME, Inc. colleagues, exemplifying a sense of responsibility and dedication that touched the lives of everyone he encountered.
Erik’s exceptional military service and unwavering dedication to his craft inspire us all. The Marion “Erik” Brakeman Memorial Scholarship aims to carry forward his legacy, empowering future generations to pursue careers in Civil and Mechanical Engineering or related fields.
The Marion “Erik” Brakeman Memorial Scholarship seeks to celebrate Erik’s legacy by supporting students pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Machine Tool Technology, or Welding. The candidate must maintain full-time enrollment (min 12 credit hours) while pursuing their degree program at York Technical College and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The scholarship aims to empower the next generation of dedicated professionals who embody Erik’s spirit of service and commitment to excellence.
AME, Inc. History
Founded in 1960 by PM Campbell and his son Ronnie Campbell, Associated Mechanical Erectors (AME) started in a 2000 sq ft building in Rock Hill, SC with 5 employees, focusing on Industrial Equipment Installation and General Metal Fabrication. Their growth began with their first job for Celanese Corporation. In 1963, they expanded with a 5,500 sq ft facility. AME purchased its first hydraulic truck crane in 1968 and ventured into crane rentals under Ronnie Campbell’s guidance.
Through the 1970s, AME continued to grow and partnered with a Florida-based company. The 1980s marked further expansion, including acquiring a Crane Rental Company and the transition of leadership from PM Campbell to his sons. In the 1990s, they relocated to Fort Mill, SC, expanded fabrication, and diversified into General Contracting.
In the new millennium, AME achieved record-breaking sales and embraced change under Gregg Campbell’s leadership. Today, AME remains a family-owned business, with Jeff Campbell as President & CEO, guiding the company’s promising future.