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Blanchard Partners With STA, Opens Charleston Facility

Fri August 29, 2003 - Southeast Edition

Blanchard Power Systems recently announced a new partnership with STA, a division of Shiptech America LLC for the distribution of Caterpillar’s 8kW to 200kW generator set line.

STA, based in North Charleston, SC, will serve seven Lowcountry, SC, counties: Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Dorchester, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton. STA will concentrate on the sale of generator sets, related items and parts and service to the private sector, while Blanchard will focus on the public business.

Caterpillar’s smaller line of generator sets range in size from 10.8 to 270 hp (8 to 200 kW) and are designed, engineered and manufactured for optimal performance at an ISO 9001 Caterpillar facility. Available in prime power and standby configurations and fueled by diesel, natural gas or propane, the product line is recognized for reliability and dependability worldwide.

Blanchard Power Systems Sales Manager Darren Carter, cited STA’s experience as the primary reason for the partnership.

“Their reputation and experience in maintaining industrial equipment is what drew us to STA. It’s a good marriage; they needed a line of quality generators, and we needed a retail outlet in the Lowcountry market,” Carter said.

STA Sales Manager, Shep Rogers is excited about the partnership.

“STA is privileged to be associated with two great companies such as Blanchard Machinery and Caterpillar. Blanchard is a name well known in the state of South Carolina, and Caterpillar is a name known worldwide,” Rogers said. “This association shows the support both companies have for small businesses.”

Located on the former Charleston Naval Shipyard property, STA is a division of Shiptech America LLC. Shiptech was originally started as a maintenance and repair company for customers such Detyens Shipyard and CMMC. The company has since expanded its generator, crane and hangar door maintenance work beyond the former Naval Base property to federal, state and private agencies for such work.

Blanchard Opens New Charleston Facility

Blanchard Power Systems recently announced the opening of a dedicated commercial and marine engine parts, service and sales facility in Charleston, SC. Located at 2209 Mechanic Street, the 10,000-sq. ft. facility will house the entire commercial engine division, which will move from the company’s Summerville, SC, location. Blanchard’s truck engine service group will not relocate.

“This move shows how serious we are about focusing on the commercial and marine engine business in Charleston,” said Bob Gildner, commercial engine general manager. “Our first commitment was to hire the qualified marine and electrical technicians we need. Now, the move to this new facility puts us closer to our customers.”

Over the past year, Blanchard Power Systems has increased its commercial and marine engine technician force to seven. This includes four marine (PAR) certified technicians and two technicians who are qualified to work on Caterpillar’s 3600 series engines, which are found in many of the ships frequenting the Port of Charleston. In addition, all service technicians are qualified to work on the entire line of Caterpillar and Olympian branded generators, as well as competitive models.

Blanchard Power Systems also provides generator set sales and rentals for units ranging from 54 to 2700 hp (40 to 2000kW) .

The company is a division of Blanchard Machinery Company and is South Carolina’s exclusive dealer for Caterpillar Power Products including electric power generators, industrial and marine engines, electric power switchgear and UPS systems.

Headquartered in Columbia and with branch offices in Greenville, Summerville, Rock Hill, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, Blanchard has been providing customers with powerful energy solutions for 20 years.

For more information about Blanchard, call 800/922-2790 or visit

For more information about STA call 843/744-5191.