An artists rendition of the new facility.
Best Line Equipment held a symbolic ground breaking for its newest location in West Chester, Pa., on May 15. This facility will act as Best Line’s 12th store, the third servicing the Philadelphia area; the location is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2013. General Contractor Pancoast & Clifford will work with architects from JL Architects and engineers from DL Howell to complete the project, all West Chester based businesses.
Best Line was founded in 1985 in Muncy, Pa., by Mike Houseknecht and remains a family-owned and operated business today. Best Line Equipment’s existing locations include State College, Centre Hall, Muncy, Towanda, Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, Shippensburg, Allentown and Hatboro, Pa.
Mike Getz, chief operating officer of Best Line is responsible for the implementation of expansion into another location.
“We are very excited to open the new facility in West Chester,” Getz said. “This location, coupled with our existing site in Hatboro, will allow us to better serve the Philadelphia market. We knew when we entered this market in 2010 that remaining in Hatboro solely would never work. This expansion is the completion of a strategy that Mike Houseknecht derived when we entered the Philadelphia market three years ago. We are focused on better serving our existing customers and building relationships with new clients.”
Best Line Equipment is one of the largest Bobcat dealers in the country, and will feature the dealership at its new West Chester location. Joining the Bobcat brand in retail will be Doosan Heavy Equipment, giving access to large frame wheel loaders and excavators. More brands will be confirmed as planning continues.
Best Line Equipment also features rental equipment including aerial lifts, forklifts, air compressors, generators, compaction equipment, excavators, loaders and trailers. This equipment will feature familiar brands like JLG, Genie, TCM, Bomag, Sakai, Bri-Mar and Honda OPE to name a few.
The new location is at 515 South Bolmar St. in West Chester, located on the old Davis Lumber site less than a mile from the Westtown exit off Route 202.