Power Equipment

Power Equipment Company, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., has been appointed the newest dealer for Epiroc drills, parts, accessories and service in the state of Tennessee effective Jan. 7. Power Equipment is a member of the Bramco family of companies, one of the largest equipment dealers in North America.

Bramco-Material Processing Solutions (MPS), a member of the Bramco family of companies, has announced the promotion of Mark Strader to general manager. Strader succeeds Gary Hirsch, who retired Dec. 31, 2018. Bramco-MPS provides crushing, screening, material handling and processing equipment as well as replacement parts and service.

Power Equipment Company, a part of the Bramco family of companies, has announced the promotions of Mike Luster and Darryl Thompson to vice president, regional sales managers. Luster will continue to develop machine sales throughout the middle Tennessee region, while Thompson will oversee the sales efforts in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas regions.

Construction is booming again in Knoxville, and Tennessee Excavating is right in the middle of it. Just one year ago, the company had nine employees working on a single project. Today, more than 50 employees, operating more than 50 machines, are working on five sites.

Power Equipment officially broke ground in September on its newest facility serving the Nashville, Tenn., market. The new 58,000-sq.-ft. facility at 320 Waldron Road, LaVergne, Tenn., will replace the current Nashville location at 1290 Bridgestone Parkway, LaVergne.

Luke Wyatt likes to learn by doing. Now a co-owner of Roane Metals Group LLC (RMG), Wyatt learned the recycling trade on the job, working alongside his father-in-law, Albert Baisley, at Rockwoods, Southern Alloys and Metals. When RMG began, they used the hands-on approach to learn their way around scrap handling machines.

The year-old AC Global Energy (ACGE) plant near Knoxville, Tenn., is a new production facility designed to convert biomass into drop-in the tank fuel. As one of the first commercial application of new "clean energy" technology, the facility was developed as a turnkey operation for ACGE to process locally harvested pulpwood into energy products.

Sunny and dry was the perfect weather as Power Equipment Company hosted a two-day forestry demo deep in the woods of Monterey, Tenn., on Sept. 29 and 30. A great turnout on both days with the core machines at the heart of this demo event coming from manufactures that Power Equipment Company represents in the forestry industry, including Komatsu and Komatsu Forestry Division, Barko, Takeuchi, Fecon, QUADCO, Cutting Systems Inc., Pierce Pacific, Rotobec and others.

Some people are born into the family business while others marry into it. Luke Wyatt of RMG Roane Metals Group in Rockwood, Tenn., jokes about being in the latter group. Wyatt and his business partner, Steve Kennedy, are owners of RMG, Roane Metals Group and Roane Transportation.

James Bellamy got started in the business in the late 90s when he got a job selling asphalt in Crab Orchard, Tenn. A position at Tennessee Asphalt Company's grading division followed in 2000, and by 2005 he was starting his own business: Bellamy Excavating.

Terramac is expanding its representation in the North American market to include Power Equipment Company as part of its dealer network. Power Equipment will represent the versatile Terramac product line in regions of Arkansas and Tennessee. "Power Equipment's dedication to providing customers with customized, flexible solutions naturally aligns with the versatility of Terramac products," says Andrew Konopka, President of Terramac.