Updated: August 22, 2012 at 12:00 am
Aurora-based Wagner Equipment Co. will consolidate its two Colorado Springs operations under one roof next week as part of its three-state network of facilities that rent, sell and service Caterpillar equipment.
A family-run business and the state’s lone Caterpillar dealer, Wagner is opening a facility Monday at 990 Meadowbrook Parkway in the Claremont Business Park, west of U.S. 24 and Marksheffel Road.
Wagner’s sales and rental-equipment store on Delta Drive on the Springs’ south side and a field dispatch facility on Century Drive in the center of town — from which equipment repair crews were dispatched — will close Friday and move to the Claremont Business Park site, said Mike Quirk, a Wagner vice president. Wagner has had operations in the Springs since 1986.
The company specializes in earthmoving equipment, engines and other related machinery; it also sells construction-related work tools and supplies, including generators.
At its consolidated location, Wagner will sell Caterpillar equipment and parts and rent equipment, Quirk said. The consolidated facility also will have the capacity to service all sizes of equipment, he said; previously, one of Wagner’s other locations was limited to small pieces of equipment.
Having operations under a single roof will provide greater convenience, he said; most Wagner customers are commercial, but the company also serves individual ranchers and farmers, he said.
“When our customers needed service, we didn’t have a full-service facility for them to bring machines to, which they’ll have now,” he said.
The consolidated facility also will be key as Wagner seeks to better serve customers in the Pikes Peak region, where there’s strong competition with dealers who sell and service equipment from John Deere, Case and other manufacturers, Quirk said.
Wagner paid nearly $2.9 million in May for an equipment-distribution warehouse and commercial building in the Claremont Business Park, according to El Paso County land records. Wagner is investing “significantly” to remodel the site, although Quirk didn’t immediately have a cost figure.
Among other upgrades, Wagner is adding fuel delivery and lubrication systems, expanding a concrete apron around the building, enlarging its parts department and installing a state-of-the-art wash bay for equipment that’s serviced and rented, Quirk said.
The company now has 31 such facilities in Colorado, New Mexico and west Texas, Quirk said.
Wagner has 19 employees in the Springs; it will add three workers as part of the consolidation and is likely to hire more as business picks up, Quirk said.
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