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Heavyquip Opens Parts Facility in Gulfport, MS, to Serve Busy Gulf Coast

Mon July 17, 2006 - Southeast Edition
CEG



Heavyquip knew the market along the Mississippi Gulf Coast was ripe when it hired a sales representative for the area more than four years ago.

And now, it has opened a new parts warehouse branch in Gulfport in the hopes of growing its presence in the area even more.

“We were shipping enough parts to the area to justify opening this location,” said Mississippi Manager of Operations Paul Breazeale. “The Heavyquip name is already established and most companies in the area have heard of us or have done business with us.”

He expects the region will provide “significant growth in the next ten years.”

Heavyquip, which has been in business for more than 50 years, now operates 14 branches throughout the United States. It is one of the largest independent undercarriage specialists in the country.

“Most people don’t know the depth of our company and just how big we are,” Breazeale said.

It carries an extensive line of undercarriage components, as well as rubber tracks for most major manufacturers, including Cat, Komatsu, John Deere and Case.

“We sell parts for virtually anything that crawls,” he said.

Any part not in stock at the Gulfport location will be shipped overnight from the main warehouse in Jackson.

Heading the staff in Gulfport is Gulf Coast Manager Alan Young, who transferred from the main office in Pearl. He has spent his entire career in the construction industry, the last decade of which was devoted to parts.

He is joined by Parts Manager Carl McBeth, who had spent 16 years working in the parts department of a local Cat dealer.

Expansion of the new location is already being discussed.

“To be truly successful at this location, we logically will be adding a full service shop as we grow the business,” Breazeale said.

The branch is located at 17261 Hwy. 53, just north of Interstate 10.

For more information, call 228/539-1360. CEG Staff