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N.J.’s G&H Service Inc. Closing After 64 Years in Business

Fri September 24, 2010 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

G&H Service Inc. will be closing its retail business on Oct. 31.

The dealership, located at 121B Water St., on Route 206 North in Newton, N.J., will be selling its excess equipment inventory during a Ritchie Bros. auction Oct. 19 in North East, Md.

Some smaller attachments, loader and backhoe buckets are listed on IronPlanet. Also prior to closing, G&H will be selling inventoried parts, oils and other lubricants and accessory items at a substantial discount. On Oct. 23 there will be an onsite Castner auction of remaining miscellaneous items, vehicles and some consignment items.

Upon closing of the business, G&H Service customers in the Tri-State area consisting of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania who have purchased their John Deere equipment from the company can receive parts and service through JESCO, Five Star Equipment, Harter Equipment or Plasterer Equipment. For Hyundai parts and service, customers can contact George & Swede and Tracey Road Equipment in New York State and Folcomer Equipment Corporation in Md. The company’s Web site,, which will remain up until the end of 2010, contains links to other manufacturers links and dealer locations.

G&H Service’s Hyundai territory includes northern New Jersey; Monroe, Pike and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania; and Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties in New York State. For John Deere, its territory includes Sussex, half of Morris and half of Warren counties in New Jersey.

“We regret that the economics of the Tri-state housing industry, our primary market led to our exit decision. New Jersey state and local municipality governments over-regulation and over-design share much of the blame for high housing prices and the highest property taxes in the country. Not to mention the Highlands act, which affect portions of the seven northwestern counties. I prefer to call it the ’HI-Jack’ land act for its taking away land owners lost equity with out compensation,” said John Regan, executive vice president of G&H Service.

Regan thanked his company’s president Bruce Gordon, Sales Manager Bob Triebel, Parts Manager Fred Champignon, Service Manager Roy VanEeckhoven and Sandra Betts, who answers the phone and is the go-to person for the past 36 years. Dick Clark and Jim Maillet are the field salesmen.

“We are so thankful for our customers’ support and the efforts of the rest of our employees over the years,” said Regan, who joined G&H in 1972. He looks forward to pursuing long-deferred hobbies, such as restoring old tractors and helping out his children with projects at their homes, as well as his own. He also believes he will avail himself as a consultant to Hyundai’s new area dealer yet to be named.

B. Douglas Gordon (father of Bruce Gordon, who is currently president of G&H Service) and Arthur Housekeeper founded G&H Service in 1946. The company started when Gordon returned from wartime service in Europe as a mechanized cavalry officer. At the time of its founding, the company carried John Deere and Caterpillar agricultural equipment and Morris Minor cars. Business grew over the years and in 1975, G&H Service expanded its facility at Route 206 North in Newton, N.J.

In 1995, the company earned a Top 5 Rookie award from Hyundai, recognizing its outstanding performance. In 2000 it was presented with an Outstanding Product Support and Top Ten dealer award. According to Regan, since 1994 G&H has populated the Tri-State area with more than 250 Hyundai units, a figure of which Regan is proud. G&H Service’s product lineup included John Deere utility products (small dozers and wheel loader backhoes), Mustang, Sakai, Yanmar, Bomag light compaction equipment and General Engines Eager Beaver, Interstate and CAM trailers.

For more information, call 977/253-9924 or visit CEG

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