Mid-Michigan manufacturer Bandit Industries continues to experience rapid growth, adding three new dealer locations to the North American market in the first quarter of 2013. In the past 24 months, the company has nearly doubled sales volume while adding 180 employees and 24 new dealers in the United States and Canada.
“Having qualified dealers committed to our products—and to providing our customers with the best possible parts and service support—was a key to our record sales year in 2012,” said Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. “Our dealers are continuing to contribute greatly to our growth as we move through the first quarter of 2013. We have invested considerable resources over the past two years to both improve and expand our dealer network, and our customers have really noticed. Bandit has never been so well represented, not just in the United States and Canada, but around the world. I can’t think of a better way to start our 30th year in business.”
Bandit’s newest dealers will serve customers in Northern Florida, Southern Florida, and Central Canada. All will carry Bandit’s line of hand-fed wood chippers and stump grinders in addition to complete parts and service support. The locations will also carry Zenith chipper knives and Revolution stump grinder cutting systems available for most major chipper/stump grinder makes and models.
Bobcat of Palm Beach/Broward operates two locations in Southern Florida—West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach. Contact information can found on their website at www.sbequipment.com.
Bobcat of Jacksonville serves customers in Northern Florida from their location in Jacksonville. Their website is www.bobcatjax.com.
Hepburn Enterprises is located in Winnipeg, serving customers throughout Manitoba and Central Canada. See them online at www.hepburnenterprises.com.
In addition, the following locations have become part of Bandit’s North American dealer network since 2011:
Arrow Tool Rental Corp.
PCI Waste and Recycling
Tri-County Equipment Co.
Southern Ind./Western Ky.
Bobcat of Bowling Green
Emery Equipment Sales
Western Mo./East Kansas
White Star Machinery
Williams Equipment and Supply
Western Tenn./Northern Miss./Northeast Ark.
Bandit Tree Care Products of Southern California
Tuff Equipment Co.
Niagara Frontier Equipment Sales
Miner’s Equipment and Truck Repair
Anderson Equipment (formerly The Oliver Stores)
CJ Logging Equipment
Southern Calif./Southern Nev.
Knickerbocker Russell Company
Western Pa./Northern W.Va.
“Our dealers are supported by several in-house and factory field representatives that regularly travel to assist in sales, parts and service training,” said Morey. “In addition, we hold dealer meetings every three years at our company headquarters to cover in-depth training on equipment operation and service. Our last meeting was in 2011, but with our explosive growth and wear parts partnerships with Zenith Cutter and New River Equipment, we will be holding a special dealer meeting later this year. That meeting will focus on providing even better sales, parts and service support for our customers.”
The latest additions take Bandit to over 100 dealer locations in North America, and over 160 locations worldwide. With the continuing success of Bandit wood processing equipment around the world, new dealer prospects are continually being evaluated for further expansion.
“We are very grateful for the hard work our dealers do in representing Bandit and serving our customers,” said Morey. “It’s not enough to just have a good product. We have built a reputation over the last 30 years for taking care of our customers, and that would be impossible to do without a strong dealer network. We will continue to provide ongoing support for our current dealers as we expand, working with them and our customers to continually improve the Bandit ownership experience.”