Tyler Equipment Celebrates Opening of New Location

Tue November 24, 2009 - Northeast Edition
Jennifer Hetrick

Art LaFleur, service manager at Tyler Equipment Corp.’s East Longmeadow, Mass., location and Bob Pabst of Pabst Land Clearing in Woodbury, Conn., traveled to Berlin, Conn., to visit Tyler’s new branch office.
Art LaFleur, service manager at Tyler Equipment Corp.’s East Longmeadow, Mass., location and Bob Pabst of Pabst Land Clearing in Woodbury, Conn., traveled to Berlin, Conn., to visit Tyler’s new branch office.
Art LaFleur, service manager at Tyler Equipment Corp.’s East Longmeadow, Mass., location and Bob Pabst of Pabst Land Clearing in Woodbury, Conn., traveled to Berlin, Conn., to visit Tyler’s new branch office. Since 1922, Tyler Equipment Corp. has continued to expand and they aren’t stopping now! Continuing the evolution is the new, larger facility in Berlin, Conn. Bob and Carol’s Catering, Woodbury, Conn., served a deliciously hot lunch to all of the open house attendees. The open house celebration included a rodeo, where participants competed to win various prizes, such as a barbeque grill. The Mayor of Berlin, Conn., welcomed Tyler Equipment Corp. to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. (L-R) are Bill Tyler, vice president; Brooke Tyler III, president; Brooke Tyler IV, vice president of customer support, all of Tyler Equipment Corp (L-R) PJ Mason, general manager and Brooke Tyler IV, vice president of customer support were all smiles when the Tyler Equipment event proved to be a success. Tyler Equipment Corp. is the dealer for Volvo Construction Equipment in Connecticut and the Massachusetts counties of Hampden, Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire. Tyler Equipment Corp. provides sales, service, rentals and parts for all the manufacturers it represents at its locations in Berlin, Conn., and East Longmeadow, Mass. (L-R) are Bill Tyler, vice president, Tyler Equipment Corp.; Paul Balassone, product manager, and Evan Perry, regional business manager, both of Volvo Construction Equipment, Asheville, N.C.; and Walter Reeves, segment manager of forestry, demolition, scr Puppeteer Larry Noiva entertained both attendees and employees of Tyler Equipment, including Carrie Manley (L) and Tina Parent. Chris Hott (L) and Joe Burgio, both employees of the Town of Manchester, Conn., took a break from work to explore Tyler’s new facility. David Lariviere, Marino Crane, Middletown, Conn., put his operating skills to the test and competed in the equipment rodeo. (L-R): John Litwin and Dan Ditunno of Tilcon, New Britain, Conn., caught up with PJ Mason, branch manager of Tyler Equipment Corp.’s new location. Joel Suffish (L), sales representative, Tyler Equipment, Berlin, Conn., discussed the various equipment opportunities with Dan Hawkes of Hawkes Construction, Farmington, Conn. Both current and prospective customers took part in celebrating Tyler Equipment’s new location, including Peter Hormoz (L) of PAH Holding, Bristol, Conn., and Robert Shamonei of Shamonei Construction, in New Britain, Conn. Robert Dodge, vice president of sales and marketing, Automation Inc., West Hartford, Conn., was one of the many vendors to participate.


Tyler Equipment Corporation hosted an open house on Oct. 23 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the openingof its new, larger branch in Berlin, Conn.

President Brooke Tyler III stated that the expansion of the 87-year-old family businessin this tough economy is symbolic.

“In these uncertain recessionary times, average reactionary change is unacceptable.The bold move to a new facility defines our commitment to embrace every opportunity to excel,” Tyler said.

More than 150 current and prospective customers attended the event, which included an equipment rodeo, raffle, entertainment by puppeteer Larry Noiva and lunch served by Bob and Carol’s Catering, Woodbury, Conn. A ribbon cutting took place with the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce in attendance. Tyler Equipment employees and vendors were on hand to welcome guests and answer questions about the new facility.

General Manager PJ Mason said, “We acquired a larger facility to better serve our customers. The business was continuing to grow and grow — the opportunity arose and we took it. We needed to expand our parts warehouse. In addition, we now have a large paved and concrete yard to house our equipment. We also wanted to be more centrally located in Connecticut to better serve our customers. We are now so much more accessible off the highway.”

“Tyler Equipment’s big focus is customer support,” added Brooke Tyler IV, vice president of customer support. “We strive to increase our performance and improve our service capabilities to our customers. We are doing anything we can do to reduce downtime for our customers and with a new, bigger and better facility we will be able to take care of their needs more proficiently, Tyler Equipment has been in a very good growth mode since 1922 and we’re continuing to maintain our advancement.”

The family-owned business also has a location in East Longmeadow, Mass. Four generations of the Tyler family have operated the company, which, in addition to Tyler III, Tyler IV and Mason, is currently in the care of Tom Tyler, vice president; Bill Tyler, vice president; Bruce Tuper, service manager and Peggy Stalker, parts manager.

Tyler Equipment is the dealer for Volvo Construction Equipment, Sennebogen North America, Allied Construction Products, Metso Minerals, Genesis attachments, Allu, Craig Mfg, Bandit Industries, Rogers trailers, Rawson Manufacturing, and Geith attachments in Connecticut and in four Massachusetts counties; Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire.

The Berlin branch will soon be hiring personnel for its parts and service departments.