Foley Equipment Celebrates 75 Years of Business
The history of Foley is the history of Kansas, the region, the people and the industries built by those people.
📅 Fri May 22, 2015 - Midwest Edition
It started as a single store on the brick streets of Wichita, Kan., in 1940 when Paul Foley Sr. joined the Karcher-Wolter-Foley dealership serving 21 counties in south central Kansas. Today, Foley Equipment has grown into one of the region’s leading suppliers of construction equipment and expertise with nearly 1,000 employees in 19 locations across Kansas and northwest Missouri.
The history of Foley is the history of Kansas, the region, the people and the industries built by those people. From dusty back roads to I-70 and major infrastructure projects. From a small watershed management project to flood control and recreational reservoirs. From the local mall, housing development, hospital or factory to electrical power generation and energy production. No matter where one turns or travels in the region, Cat equipment sold and serviced by Foley has shaped the landscape and built communities.
From its original roots, Foley expanded its dealership in geographic reach and scope of products and service. The acquisitions of Ohlert and Roberts Tractor in the 1950s expanded the service territory to 49 counties in central and western Kansas. In 1973, the business was passed to Paul “Skip” Foley Jr. Skip grew the company by adding additional service and warehouse space as well as broadening the product line. In 1997, Ann Konecny, Skip’s daughter, became the president of the company her grandfather started. In 1998, the company changed its name from Foley Tractor to Foley Equipment to reflect expanded offerings from Caterpillar. With the acquisition of Martin Tractor in 2009 and Dean Machinery in 2012, the company grew again and now covers 144 counties across Kansas and northwest Missouri.
Today, the company is third generation family-owned and operated and remains hands-on in its approach to working with customers to find the right solutions to get the job done right.
Parts and Services
When Foley provides a piece of equipment, it comes with a commitment to ensure it keeps running and running right. Foley’s commitment also includes dedicated specialty shops for engines, undercarriage and radiators and specialized tooling and testing equipment.
Foley’s Equipment Management Solutions group works with customers to optimize machine utilization, monitor machine location, productivity, health and fuel burn to help lower operating costs and maximize customers’ return on investment.
Any Tool. Any Job. Every day. Whether rental needs are short-term, long-term, from big machines to small hand tools, in town or out-of-town, Foley Rental has the solution and is a direct line to the complete line of Cat machines and equipment.
Power On. Constant, quality power to a business is critical. Foley Power Solutions offers a full line of standby and prime electrical generators and auxiliary distribution equipment. From the largest hospital, data center or industrial facility to home back-up generators, Foley Power Solutions keeps its customers up and running. Foley Rental Power handles both short or long-term needs in portable electric power, temperature control and air compression including specification, delivery and set-up, distribution equipment and fuel service.
One machine may replace 100 men but 100 machines can’t replace one man. Foley Equipment’s regional training center provides a broad spectrum of equipment and safety training. Tools include hands on experience with Cat and other industry equipment training aides, equipment simulators and labs and comprehensive OSHA and MSHA safety training.
Foley Truck Service has serviced every major brand of truck for more than 40 years. It offers standard maintenance on all systems and components, seasonal system checkups, service bulletin updates and complete overhauls on all brands of on-road trucks and buses, single or fleet.
Faster. Better. More efficient. Machine technology available from Foley Equipment delivers all three. Machine guidance solutions allows customers to do the job more accurately and profitably in one pass. Foley also offers a full complement of machine control solutions for Cat and non-Cat machines that connect the back office to the job site.
Foley can give new life to old equipment from components to power train to a total machine rebuild. Certified Power Train (CPT) Rebuilds include engine, transmission, radiator, torque converter and drive axle disassembly and reconditioning. The Foley Rebuild Center provides engine rebuilds from the Cat C4.4 to 3616, boasts the nation’s first 5,000 horsepower dyno and includes an extensive inventory of exchange engines.
The Next 75 Years
As a family-owned business spanning three generations, the common threads of shared mission, vision and principles are woven throughout the fabric of Foley’s history. From one store to 19 locations serving 144 counties. While a lot has changed, Foley’s commitment to the success of its customers has remained constant.