(L-R): Allen Tennis, midwest regional representative of FAE USA, talks about the new FAE UML/SSL-150 VT mulcher with Paul Gick of B&W Equipment Co., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Rick Roberts of Lashley Tractor Sales, Lithonia, Ga.
FAE USA Inc. hosted an open house event on June 5 at its North American headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., to commemorate FAE’s 25th anniversary. The open house-demo event has become an annual FAE USA event, and this year boasted the largest turnout yet.
FAE was founded in 1989 and its first manufacturing facility was a small warehouse in the Italian Alps in Northeast Italy. The company has experienced explosive growth over the last 25 years, which has included the introduction of FAE USA in 2001. In addition, development of numerous quality-engineered products has propelled the company to become the largest forestry mulcher manufacturer in the world — with sales in 50 countries across the globe, according to the company.
The open house and 25th anniversary kicked off with breakfast and an opportunity for the attendees to explore the grounds of the FAE USA headquarters. Various departments featured displays of machines and attachments.
Giorgio Carera, CEO of FAE USA, expressed his excitement to the crowd regarding the anniversary and praised and awarded the people that made it possible.
“We’re proud to have the most complete line of attachments and prime movers for land clearing and construction,” said Carera.
Carera awarded large volume dealers, innovators and manufacturers and dealers who have consistently supported the annual event by providing equipment and assistance for the demos including:
• Atlantic & Southern Equipment, Atlanta, Ga.
• Lashley Tractor Sales, Lithonia, Ga.
• AGCO, Duluth, Ga.
• Takeuchi, Pendergrass, Ga.
Local dignitaries received awards and recognition for their support including Stan Brown, city manager-city of Oakwood, Ga.; Shelley Davis, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; and Lamar Scroggs, Mayor of the city of Oakwood, Ga.
Machine demonstrations were conducted at two different locations testing nearly every product manufactured by FAE and PrimeTech in an actual working environment. After the demonstration, attendees boarded buses again and headed back to FAE USA for a southern style BBQ.
Speakers made brief presentations including: David Steger, Takeuchi national product and training manager who discussed the Takeuchi product line; and Nathan Mayo of Davis Contracting, Naugatuck, W.Va., who talked about the use of Perma-Zyme in road construction. Raffle prizes were awarded and the lucky grand prize winner of a 42 in. TV was Elijah Thomas of AGCO, Duluth, Ga.