White Oak Equipment Expands Shop in Ashland, Va.

Wed November 22, 2006 - Southeast Edition

White Oak Equipment has doubled the size of its shop and has expanded its service capabilities in Ashland, Va.

Brian McCarty, co-owner and secretary/treasurer of White Oak, said the shop was expanded by 8,000 sq. ft. to bring the total size of the branch to just under 25,000 sq. ft.

The additional space has brought to an end the years of trying to keep up with the ever-increasing demand in tight quarters.

“That’s been an ongoing fight for 10 years,” McCarty said.

But it shouldn’t be a problem anymore, as the shop, half of which can be serviced with a 5-ton overhead crane, can now handle more than a dozen machines at once.

Technicians now can work on the largest pieces of equipment inside the shop. They previously had to take that work outside with a boom truck.

The new wash bay, which recycles the water, brings this part of the job indoors.

In addition to the expansion, the entire building was reshelled and the roof over the shop was replaced.

McCarty said the new shop should help Service Manager Steve Kelly expand his business and attract qualified technicians to White Oak.

“We had to grow to keep up with the growing competition in the area,” McCarty said.

White Oak first opened its Ashland branch in 1994. It has three other branches in Fredericksburg, Manassas and Chesapeake.

For more information, visit www.whiteoakequipment.com. CEG Staff