Wilson Equipment Celebrates 125 Years With Open House

Fri October 10, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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(L-R): Case Factory representatives Adam Doll, Mark Heman and Mike Kaufmann were on hand to help Wilson Equipment Company celebrate.
(L-R): Case Factory representatives Adam Doll, Mark Heman and Mike Kaufmann were on hand to help Wilson Equipment Company celebrate.
(L-R): Case Factory representatives Adam Doll, Mark Heman and Mike Kaufmann were on hand to help Wilson Equipment Company celebrate. (L-R): Wilson Equipment Company’s Charles Martin catches up with Bryce Walker of the Walker Company and Wilson Equipment Company’s Will Rodes. Sandy and Jerry Ray along with Eric Ray (far right) of Clayton Ray Jr. Excavating are welcomed by Jay Rodes of Wilson Equipment Company. (L-R): Will Rodes joins his father, Allen Rodes, and brothers Charlie and Jay Rodes in thanking their customers for the company’s ongoing success. (L-R): Mike Butler of Hamilton-Hinkle;  Gary Williams of Wilson Equipment Company; Mark Reed and Herman Dillon of Hamilton-Hinkle; Dale Alferink of Bomag; and Greg Elam of Wilson Equipment Company take a moment to admire a Bomag BW138AD-5 roller. Charlie Rodes (L) and James Franklin man the grill and keep the food coming.


Wilson Equipment Company celebrated its 125th anniversary with an open house event at the company’s headquarters location in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 12.

The dealership invited its customers to help celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with a barbecue lunch. Manufacturer representatives from Case Construction Equipment and Bomag Territory Manager Dale Alferink were on hand to help out with the festivities and provide information on the equipment on display at the event.

What was started in 1889 by B.B Wilson as a one man operation renting and selling horse buggies has grown into a full line equipment company with locations in Lexington, Corbin and Prestonsburg, Ky. The company is still a family owned business with brothers Charlie, Jay and Will Rodes, who took charge of operations in the 90s from their father.

Among the major lines represented by Wilson Equipment Company are Case Construction, Atlas Copco, Bomag Americas, Takeuchi, Link-Belt Excavators and Kawasaki wheel loaders. The company also is the authorized dealer of Noram Motor Graders, Wacker-Neuson, Blue Diamond Attachments, Paladin Brand Attachments and Towmaster Trailers.