FAE USA Holds Its 10th Annual Open House Event

Tue May 24, 2016 - National Edition

(L-R): Cowin Equipment Company’s Andrew Bell and Ryan Gastley talk with HKX Southeast Regional Manager Terry North about FAE’s excavator attachments.
(L-R): Cowin Equipment Company’s Andrew Bell and Ryan Gastley talk with HKX Southeast Regional Manager Terry North about FAE’s excavator attachments.
(L-R): Cowin Equipment Company’s Andrew Bell and Ryan Gastley talk with HKX Southeast Regional Manager Terry North about FAE’s excavator attachments. Watching the demo event to see how the newest FAE products could benefit their company’s productivity are (L-R): Joe Vail, Miller Group, Morrow, Ga.; Jeff Betcher, Sanders Brothers Construction, Charleston, S.C.; and Doug Myers, Blount Construction, Marietta, Ga. Local FAE distributor, Tim Chupp (L) of Mason Tractor, McDonough, Ga., talks with his FAE regional representative, Earl Alsobrook. A stout ASV POSI-TRACK RT-120 forestry package model equipped with an FAE RC120 forestry mulcher wows spectators as it grinds through small trees with great ease. Discussing the product demonstrations are (L-R) Kyle Fretwell, Mid-State Land Clearing, Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas Zeller, Victor L. Phillips Co., Kansas City, Mo.; Ray Jarman, Forest To Farm Land Clearing, Clinton, N.C.; Bill Bruner, Equipment & Parts, Longview, Texas; and FAE Texas regional representative, Ryan Smith. (L-R): Fred Choate, Andy May and Troy Hill of Granite Construction, Birmingham, Ala., came to see the machine and attachment demonstrations and how they might be used in their operations. Chris Wilson (L) of Wilson Excavation & Land Clearing, Nashville, Tenn., and Josh Murphy, American Excavation, also of Nashville were checking out the new Takeuchi TL12V2 compact track loader on display. FAE USA’s Earl Alsobrook (L) talks to one of his attachment distributors, James Jewell of TriGreen Equipment in Alabama. (L-R): Enjoying the events of the day are David Pleasants and Ron Johnikin of Pleasants Construction, Clarksburg, Md.; Marty Murphy, PaveCon, Grand Prairie, Texas; and Stephen Leghissa, FAE USA based in Texas. Many door prizes were awarded, including this Yeti soft-sided cooler to John Hoffmann (2nd from L) of Atlantic & Southern Equipment, Morrow, Ga. (L-R): FAE USA-PrimeTech national sales manager John DalBianco welcomes friends and guests to the event including Jeff Hayhurst and Jim Harsh of Leslie Equipment Co., Cowen, W.Va. A nice array of PrimeTech machines was on display. Great support and turn out of Takeuchi representatives including (L-R) Dan Schneider, Lee Padgett, David Steger and David Caldwell. FAE and other machine manufacturer representatives come together at the event including (L-R) Giorgio Carera, FAE USA, Flowery Branch, Ga.; Sara Buysman, McCormick Tractor, Duluth, Ga.; and Davide Barratta, FAE Group, Italy. Guests packed the outdoor exhibit area where plenty of FAE and PrimeTech products were on display.
First time attendees to the annual event are Will Rigdon (L) and Stephen Leghissa, the newest additions to the FAE USA staff. FAE USA’s Lee Smith operates a Challenger MT675C tractor with an FAE STCH225 rock crusher attachment during the demos.
Ignacio Foglia (L) of Recursos Organicos, based in Argentina, translates the product demonstration information for a group of guests from South America. A catered barbeque lunch was served after the live demos. Allen Tennis (2nd from L), regional representative of FAE USA, talks with some of his Midwest dealers from Titan Machinery, including (L to R): Mark Huselid, Ben Carlson and Mike Ludwig. Enjoying the events of the day are (L-R) Sylvain Benoit, GB Equipment Inc., Quebec, Canada; Alex Musa, SNA Manufacturing, Acworth, Ga.; and Ken Pryzgoda, KP Sales & Marketing, Greely, Colo. Special guest, combat hero and Wounded Warriors in Action representative John Keeney (L), joined FAE USA’s president Giorgio Carera at the event. Keeney was one of the featured speakers.
Opening up and discussing the power plant in the PrimeTech PT-175 are FAE USA’s John DalBianco (L) and Jonathan Cummings of Black Pine Farms, Fairview, Tenn. Looking over the mulching attachments on display are Tennessee’s FAE distributor representatives (L-R) Chad Morgan, Mark Alardice and Robbie Binkley, all of Tuff Equipment, based in the Nashville area. A Challenger MT 685D is perfectly matched for running the PTO-driven FAE MTM225 multi-purpose rock crusher/mulcher/soil stabilizer during one of the demo events. The paparazzi had their iPhone and video cameras rolling during each of live demos. 
A crowd gathers around the MTM225 rock crushing attachment.   Lee Smith, discusses optimal production techniques.

The staff of FAE USA Inc. hosted their 10th annual Open House event on April 28 at their North American headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga. The open house-demo has grown in attendance every year and this year's turnout was more than 200 guests.

The festivities kicked off with breakfast and an opportunity for attendees to leisurely explore the FAE USA headquarters facility. Guests saw various departments and static displays of machines and attachments, both inside and out.

After machine demonstrations and presentations, attendees enjoyed a lunch of slow-cooked pulled pork, pulled chicken, Brunswick stew and an array of side dishes catered by a local favorite, Pig-N-Chik.

FAE USA's Giorgio Carera presented awards for large-volume dealers, innovators and manufacturers and dealers who have consistently supported the annual event. Some of the local dignitaries on hand for the days' events included Stan Brown, city manager of the city of Oakwood, Ga., and Shelley Davis, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Carera also presented a substantial donation to special guest, combat hero and Wounded Warriors in Action representative John Keeney, who was one of the feature speakers.

Machine demonstrations were conducted off site and on the grounds of FAE USA. Several guest speakers had informative presentations of their products and many prize drawings were announced and awarded throughout the day.