Cooper Equipment Co. held a grand opening Oct. 12, 2018, at its new location at 201 Commerce Blvd. in Georgetown, Texas. At the event, Cooper Equipment also began an early celebration for an upcoming milestone — next year will mark its 60th year in business as an equipment distributorship.
More than 125 customers, employees and vendors were on hand for the day-long celebration that included equipment specialists for each of Cooper's lines, as well as food and entertainment.
The Cooper family hosted the event — George Cooper, president; his wife, Jerri; daughter Megan, company secretary; and son, Matt, district manager. Other leadership personnel on hand were Fred Jose, vice president, and Rick Chapman, Georgetown branch manager.
The 15,500 sq.- ft. facility will serve Cooper's expanding customer base in the greater Austin area. The company's headquarters is located at 17474 Judson Rd. in San Antonio.
In addition to handling Cooper's existing lines of asphalt-related road equipment, the Georgetown branch also will sell and support Hitachi loaders and Dynapac's paving and compaction equipment.
Cooper Equipment Co., founded in 1959 by George's father, Bob, who acquired the Etnyre asphalt distributor dealer rights, has remained the Etnyre dealer of south central Texas ever since. The company specializes in equipment for paving, chipseal, compaction, stabilizing, reclaiming, recycling, crack filing, sweeping and road widening.
In addition to carrying Hitachi and Dynapac, Cooper is an authorized dealer of E.D. Etnyre, Broce Broom, Carlson Paver, Puckett Paver, CPMG, DuraPatcher, Midland and Bagela recyclers.
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Brand new Dynapac rollers, in their new red and white color scheme, were on display as was a “just-off-the-line” orange Hitachi wheel loader.
Long-time customers of Cooper Equipment, Larry Deglandon (L), retired from Travis County, and Kelly Durham of Performance Equipment Service in San Antonio came to show their support for Cooper Equipment’s new facility.
Cooper’s customers and employees were entertained by Jade Marie Patek, a nominee for Texas Regional Radio Music Award’s New Female Vocalist of the Year, and later by the Bret Mullins Band.
Longstanding relationship: Cooper Equipment Co. has been a distributor of the Etnyre line of chip spreaders, asphalt distributors and trailers since 1959. (L-R): Rich Wilsie, general sales manager of Etnyre; George Cooper, president of Cooper Equipment; and Don Etnyre, vice president of sales, enjoy the festivities. An Etnyre trailer served as an entertainment stage.
Customers check out the Dynapac F1000W wheeled paver at the grand opening of Cooper Equipment Company’s second location, in Georgetown, Texas.
Carlson Paving was represented by Paul Bales (L), south central regional manager, and Glenn Wittner, product support technician.
Cooper Equipment Co.’s new Georgetown, Texas, facility was the site of the grand opening celebration.
Shakotah Knowlton (L) of VK Knowlton, a San Antonio-area paving contractor, meets up with Matt Cooper, district manager of Cooper Equipment.
(L-R): The Cooper family and management team Matt, district manager; Megan, company secretary; their Mom, Jerri; and George Cooper, president. Not pictured is Fred Jose, vice president.
George Cooper (top), president of Cooper Equipment Co., and Matt Cooper (2nd from L), district manager of Cooper Equipment Co., with Dynapac representatives (L-R): Marcos Bueno, Tim Hoffman, Jerry Hackett, Gert Hansson, Tim Pittman and Pete Fredrickson.
Rick Chapman (L), branch manager of the new Cooper Equipment location, talks with customer Terry Bailey of Webber Construction about this Kawasaki (now Hitachi) wheel loader.
First Sale: Travis County’s Jayson Collins (R) became the first customer of Cooper’s Georgetown branch when he purchased a box of filters for the county’s Dynapac roller. With Collins are George Cooper (L), president of Cooper Equipment, and Rick Chapman, branch manager.
(L-R): George Cooper, president of Cooper Equipment, and Rick Chapman, branch manager of Cooper Equipment, greet Llano County employees Kody Wagner and Richard Wooten. Wagner and Wooten were looking for information on this Etnyre Black-Topper Centennial asphalt distributor.
Paul Pucket (L) of Puckett Pavers and George Cooper, president of Cooper Equipment, catch up. Cooper Equipment Company is a long-time dealer of Puckett products.