The JCB GT, the world’s fastest backhoe, demonstrates its awesome power at the open house event.
Buck & Knobby JCB held a grand opening celebration May 6, 2017, at its new dealership outside of Toledo in Holland, Ohio.
Located around the corner from the Toledo Airport at 9127 Airport Highway, the new branch is just off exit 52 of the Ohio Turnpike. The new facility is situated on 6 acres and was designed to accommodate future expansion requirements of the company. The current 6,000-sq.-ft. structure includes a sales showroom area, parts department and six service bays equipped with a 4-ton overhead crane.
Headquartered in Ottawa Lake, Mich., and established in 1948, the dealership maintains strong ties with area contractors, many of whom were involved with construction of the new facility, including Rudolph Libbe Inc., serving as the general contractor. In addition, the site work was completed using JCB construction equipment.
The new JCB facility offers more than 300 different machines covering construction, landscape, industrial, agricultural, and access markets including loader backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, rough-terrain forklifts, telescopic forklifts, skid steers, compact track loaders, scissor and boom lifts, along with JCB's new Hydradig, a wheeled excavator and tool carrier, and JCB's Teleskid, the first skid steer with a telescopic boom for increased performance and versatility. The dealership maintains a full range of replacement parts and offers equipment service both at the dealership and in the field to maximize convenience and minimize downtime for its customers.
According to Gerry Maibach, Buck & Knobby equipment business manager, the dealership is excited with the prospect of being back in the Northwest Ohio/Toledo market.
“JCB is always at the cutting edge of new technology and equipment, so we are thrilled to work together to offer the best equipment available to our customers,” said Maibach.
The grand opening event featured special sales and finance promotions, along with a full lineup of JCB equipment on display and available for live demonstrations. Guests at the event were treated to lunch and door prizes and had the opportunity to spend time with Buck & Knobby personnel along with JCB manufacturing representatives. Attendees also were encouraged to visit JCB's traveling showroom trailer equipped with a reception area and interactive displays. The JCB GT, which is the world's fastest backhoe equipped with a 1,000 horsepower big block Chevrolet engine, according to the company, also drew a crowd.
The family of company co-founder, Lloyd R. “Knobby” Nolfo, including his widow, Alice Nolfo, were on hand celebrating the new Buck & Knobby JCB facility, and the group also celebrated Alice Nolfo's birthday.
Buck & Knobby Equipment traces its beginnings to Toledo, Ohio, where it had its start as a small equipment dealership. As the business grew, the dealership relocated to Ottawa Lake, Mich., which serves as its headquarters to this day.
According to Christian Baillie, JCB North America's vice president of construction equipment dealer sales, “Buck & Knobby has proven itself a dependable, hardworking company over the past 70 years, and its dedication to customer service is outstanding. We look forward to working with them in the years to come and are excited to celebrate the grand opening of the new JCB-dedicated dealership.”
For more information, visit www.jcb.com.