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Heavyquip Makes In-Town Move, Opens Spacious Dade City Facility

Thu October 02, 2003 - Southeast Edition
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After a mere four years at its Dade City location, Heavyquip decided to take its business elsewhere — that is, down the street. The successful Dade City branch, which is now located at 9721 U.S. Highway 98, relocated its facilities just six miles away from its original home. The change allows Heavyquip to spread out and offer more room and more services.

“I’m looking forward to being able to better serve our existing customers and our prospective customers through the extended capabilities at this location,” said Gary Hicks, Heavyquip Dade City branch manager.

Located on 14 acres of land, the new building is home to 12,500 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space. With 14 service bays, the 14,000-sq.-ft shop is an important part of this full-service branch, which dispatches field service trucks for on-sight service, lowboys for machine pickup and a boom truck for undercarriage pickup.

The expanded branch carries a parts inventory that exceeds $1 million and has immediate access to a $12-million corporate inventory and overnight deliveries from other Heavyquip locations. Surrounding the building is 10 acres of paved land, which the company plans on using for outdoor storage and repairs — and quite possibly a future expansion.

Twenty-five employees work at the new Dade City branch, including several outside representatives. “We have some very experienced people working here that are also looking forward to the growth of this branch,” said Hicks. “Our parts and service personnel alone have well over 100 years of collective experience in this industry.”

Soon after Heavyquip moved to the new location, it purchased the assets of a local engine machine shop. The acquisition has afforded Heavyquip the ability to turn crankshafts, bore blocks, surface heads, rework rods and dyno engines in its new engine rebuild shop.

“We’re pleased with the excellent response and support we have received from our customers since moving back into the Florida market,” said Rick Farquhar, Heavyquip president. “This branch expansion demonstrates Heavyquip’s continued commitment to the industry as a leading independent provider of parts and service to the North America market.”

For more information, call 800/785-2679.