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Bobcat of Orlando West Brings Service Close to Customers

Tue July 18, 2006 - Southeast Edition
CEG



The Bobcat of Orlando team has taken an old piece of advice.

They’ve gone west, young man.

Bobcat of Orlando West opened its doors along West Colonial Drive in Oakland, FL, in October after President Rick Kingsland finally came across the perfect location.

“We have been looking for a location on the west side of Orlando for quite some time, but couldn’t find the right place,” he said. “We wanted to be closer and more convenient to our customers on the west side.”

Service is now more convenient to a part of town that has grown dramatically over the past few years, Kingsland said.

“This property became available on a Wednesday and we had a deal by Friday,” he said. “It is an excellent location right on the Orange and Lake county line and fronting Highway 50.”

There are two buildings on the property. The 6,800-sq.-ft. building houses the shop and showroom. The other, at 2,000 sq. ft., is currently being used for equipment storage, but will soon be renovated into additional service space.

It is a full-service location with sales, rental, parts and service, “however, the rentals from this location have exceeded our wildest expectations,” he said.

Kingsland also noted that the parts and service ends of the business have been good, too. The company has moved over three prime technicians and added three staff members to the department at the new location.

He said moving closer saves the customers time and money.

“No matter what they do — digging trenches or moving materials — our customers are not just purchasing a piece of equipment, they are purchasing the most cost effective way of getting their job done and the closer we are to them, the more we can help,” Kingsland said.

The new location employs a dozen people: five service techs led by Brian Stufflebean; two rental staffers lead by Andy Slaver; Vic Carini heading up parts; and two sales representatives, Rick Parslow and Tom Bunton.

They are currently operating under the direction of the home office in Orlando. Road service also is scheduled out of the home office, but the trucks are based in the western branch.

In addition to the Orlando headquarters and the new west Orlando branch the company also has locations in Tampa, Ocala and Sarasota. CEG Staff