To the folks at J.W. Burress, South Carolina is a land of opportunity.
The plans for expansion in the Palmetto State reach into the future, but for now, the J.W. Burress staff has its efforts firmly focused in North Charleston, the site of the company’s newest full-service location.
The front doors of the facility, which has 5,200 sq. ft. of shop and 1,800 sq. ft. of office space on 1.5 acres, opened Aug. 8.
The company first made an appearance in Columbia approximately three years ago when it was offered the opportunity to expand its Hitachi excavator market, said Bill Daly, executive vice president.
“The market has been very receptive not only to our product lines, but also to our services and policy toward support,” Daly added.
The new branch — the company’s 11th — is located at 7152 Cross Country Rd. in North Charleston.
It provides similar offerings as the rest of the J.W. Burress locations, with a few exceptions. Its crane offerings are limited to National boom trucks and it only focuses on Vibromax compaction equipment.
The new location boasts 11 employees, including three salesmen and three technicians, one of whom is based in Myrtle Beach. They have two road service trucks.
Scott McDougle, general manager of South Carolina, said the company has remodeled the building and has successfully “brought it up to Burress standards.” It has three pull-in bays and a load-in dock. Also, the parts counter has been updated and the grounds have been landscaped.
McDougle expects Hitachi sales will be the bread-and-butter for the new location, as the majority of the store’s customers are utility contractors, road builders and municipalities. More and more, however, J.W. Burress is attracting customers from the mining and industrial worlds and McDougle believes that part of the business will continue to grow.
McDougle started at J.W. Burress approximately nine years ago as a salesman in Richmond, VA. Five years later, he was promoted to area manager and took on the role of general manager in South Carolina last year. His primary duty is to focus on the company’s growth in that state.
The operation manger in North Charleston is Mike Fraley, who has been with J.W. Burress for approximately eight years. He came to the company from Branch Highways, a major contractor, and was first employed as a used equipment manager. He was promoted four months ago to his current position.
J.W. Burress has found success in South Carolina already at its Columbia branch, where the total sales has grown significantly since its opening.
For more information, call 866/615-7328 or visit www.jwburress.com. CEG Staff