After a series of 65th anniversary celebrations at its North Carolina and South Carolina locations, Linder Industrial Machinery hosted open house events in the Sunshine State to commemorate its anniversary.
The open houses were at Linder's facilities in Pembroke Pines, Miami, on Nov. 6 and Plant City, Tampa, on Nov 8.
A terrific turnout of customers joined the entire Linder staff and their families at each location, enjoying barbecue, giveaways, and prize drawings. Some big coolers and flat-screen TVs were the grand prizes at the events.
Manufacturers' reps from Komatsu, Wirtgen, Paladin, Terramac, CemenTech, Carlson, Trimble, and others came out to lend a hand to completely support the success of the event and also donated many of the prize drawings and giveaways.
At the corporate headquarters event in Plant City, Corey Wall of Wirtgen Group presented John Coughlin, Linder president, and Chris Wilkes, executive vice-president, with a plaque to commemorate the 65th anniversary milestone.
The events featured static displays of Komatsu dirt-moving machines, Wirtgen road-building equipment, Carlson pavers, CemenTech volumetric cement mixers, Terramac crawler carriers, Paladin attachments, Trimble positioning technologies and others, as well as Linder field service and support equipment.
Complete tours of the buildings and grounds were provided for those who had never had a chance to see the inner workings of the branch facilities.
Komatsu and Linder technology experts were on hand to provide a complete demonstration of Komatsu's SmartConstruction technology in conjunction with the newest Komatsu intelligent Machine Control dozers.
Visitors at each event could sense the pride employees took at being part of the Linder team, and customers who came out for the celebration also were considered part of the Linder family.
Bo Andrew (L), Wirtgen technical sales manager for crushing equipment, provides a demo of a remote-controlled Kleemann MR110 Zi track-mounted impact crusher for Cory Celestino of Crushing, Inc., Orlando, at Linder’s Plant City event.
Customers and friends reuniting at the Plant City open house (L-R) included Chip Tucker, Tucker Paving, Winter Haven, Fla.; Ray Phillips, Linder Industrial Machinery; and Barrett Tucker and Patrick Braisted, also with Tucker Paving.
Talking about the new Komatsu intelligent Control Machines at Linder’s Plant City open house (L-R) Charles Lupton and Skip Schaer of Schaer Development, Land O’Lakes, Fla.; Randy Thomas and Chris Brazel of Linder; and Bruce Kennedy and Nathan Youmans, also of Schaer Development.
Corey Wall (C), Wirtgen Group district sales manager, presented Chris Wilkes (L) executive vice-president and John Coughlin, president of Linder Industrial Machinery, with a plaque commemorating Linder’s 65th anniversary at the company’s Plant City open house.
Vince Aguayo (R) of Linder Industrial Machinery welcomes Kristy Hernandez (L) and Jessica Concepcion of BlackRock Asphalt & Milling, Tampa, to the Plant City open house event.
Enjoying some time to chat about the industry after dinner at the Plant City open house (L-R) are Angus Mora, Linder sales; Reggie Watson, Phillips & Jordan Inc., Zephyrhills, Fla.; and Greg Woodard, Linder sales.
Winner of the flat-screen TV at the Plant City open house is David Bottom (R) of Clark Hunt Construction, Clearwater. Presenting the prize is Linder’s president, John Coughlin.
Talking about machine technology at the Plant City open house (L-R) are Greg Hasty, SITECH North & Central Florida; “Chef Guy Fieri” (also known as Robert Turner, Ripa Construction, Tampa); and Ben Burgess, Burgess Civil, Tampa.
A picture-perfect day for checking out the Komatsu and Wirtgen Group machine displays at the Linder open house in Plant City.
Discussing the Komatsu machines on display at Linder’s Pembroke Pines event (L-R) are Miguel Escoto and Fred Sanchez of Teran Industries, Miami; Jon Novaro, Linder; and Edmundo Mendieta, H-E Parts International, Miami.
(L-R): Chris Wilkes of Linder Industrial Machinery and his Wirtgen representatives, Corey Wall and Bo Andrew, chat before their customers and guests arrive at the Miami open house.
(L-R): Linder’s Jason Heim provides a tour of the Pembroke Pines facility for Iggy Halley (c) and Daniel Halley (r) of Halley Engineering Contractors, Miami.
(L-R): Sam Lobue, Downrite Engineering, Miami; Chris Brazel, Linder technology solutions expert; and Jeff Roberts, Linder regional vice-president talk about the four Komatsu D61PXi intelligent Machine Control dozer Lobue plans to purchase at the Pembroke Pines Open House.
Linder Industrial Machinery President John Coughlin (R) gives a warm welcome to Carlos Aldarado of C&R Milling & Paving of Miami, his friend and customer of many years, at the Pembroke Pines open house.
Strong support at the Pembroke Pines open house came from representatives of Komatsu America and Komatsu Japan (L-R) including Naoyuki Sakurai, Willie Ramos, Bill Jacobi and Taz Fujimoto.
The big winner at the Miami open house was Don Kremke (C) of Ozinga, based in Davie, Fla. He was presented with the grand prize of a flat-screen TV by Linder’s Chris Wilkes (L) and Allen Perko of Paladin, which donated the grand prize for the event.
A great crowd came out to see a wide array of Komatsu machines and learn more about the latest machine technology offered by Komatsu at Linder’s Miami open house.
Here’s a machine you won’t see at every open house — a “pontoon excavator” Komatsu PC240LC with amphibious hydraulic undercarriage. The machine was on display at Linder’s Pembroke Pines facility.