Three of the four generations of Hlavinkas represented (L-R) are Kyle, Patrick, Blake, Byron, Kenneth, Susan, Terry, Patty and Joe Jr. Hlavinka.
Hlavinka Equipment and JCB officially joined forces in December 2014, and on June 12 and 13, the Texas dealer held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event at its location in Angleton, Texas.
Vice President and General Manager Terry Hlavinka, with help from the Angleton Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon to get the event rolling.
More than 200 people attended the two-day event, which included a demo of two 3CXECO loader/backhoes with JCB’s Larry Ashley presenting, opportunities for customers to do “hands-on” inspections of the equipment, tours of the facility, and of course, a performance by the world famous “Dancing Diggers.” Hlavinka and JCB personnel also were available to answer questions throughout the event. Later in the evening on the 12th, Hlavinka provided a delicious crawfish boil with all the trimmings to approximately 150 attendees.
For Terry Hlavinka, the decision to work with JCB proved easy.
“We looked at the JCB line and determined that the equipment performed as promised and that it was, overall, simply the kind of company with which we would want to be associated,” he said.
The Hlavinka family is entering its fourth generation of operating Hlavinka Equipment Co.
“My grandfather, Joe Hlavinka Sr., immigrated to the United States in 1905 from Czechoslovakia. In 1939, he purchased the International Harvester dealer for $18,500, founding what is now Hlavinka Equipment Co.,” said Hlavinka.
“My father, Joe Jr., and his brother, Bill, took over the reins after my grandfather passed on and I have assumed responsibility now, even though my dad still has a steady hand in the business at 80 years old,” he added, “The first fourth-generation member, Byron Hlavinka, is active in the business. Kenneth, my brother and partner, expects to add to this legacy soon.
“All the Hlavinka kids, boys and girls, work in the company in some fashion so they make their own determination if this business is the desired career path. There are likely easier ways to make a living but we get to deal with the best folks on earth.”
Hlavinka Equipment Co. consists of eight locations covering 30 counties from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the Louisiana border and employs 150 people. Hlavinka also opened the Victoria, Texas, facility for JCB earlier this year.