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Stephenson Equipment Announces the Acquisition of Walsh Equipment

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SEI Continues its Journey to Become the Region’s Leading Distributor of Asphalt, Paving, Construction and Truck Equipment, Cranes and Heavy Lifting Equipment


July 28, 2017:
Harrisburg, PA based Stephenson Equipment, Inc. (SEI) who is celebrating 60 years in business announced today that SEI will acquire Walsh Equipment an 85 year-old company headquartered in Butler, PA with a branch location in Ebensburg, PA. The partnership extends Stephenson’s operations to 6 locations in Pennsylvania along with their 2 locations in New York, the combined locations will employ approximately 185 employees. Walsh will operate as a division of SEI continuing to serve customers out of the two Walsh locations.

Dennis Heller, President and CEO of Stephenson Equipment commented, “Charlie Walsh was named SEI Vice President of Walsh Operations and will continue to lead his team of managers and employees.” “This is a perfect venture for Stephenson, both Stephenson (SEI) and Walsh share many business philosophies and principles, as well we both represent brands like JCB, LeeBoy, Rosco and Tiger.” “This merger puts Stephenson among the largest distributors in the United States for these manufacturers.”

All 40 Walsh employees will continue to work for the combined SEI company. Charlie Walsh, the third generation of his family to work in the business expressed appreciation to Mike Walsh who will retire from the business after 40+ years of ownership and leadership. Charlie who is excited about the partnership with SEI had this to say “Mike (Walsh), myself and many of our employees have worked with SEI over the years, we know that SEI is truly one of the best dealerships in the industry, they share the same core commitments as we do, providing the best products, parts and service to our customers.”

Bob Criste COO for Stephenson said: “Earlier this year we were approached by the Walsh’s with this opportunity to acquire the company. SEI and Walsh combined is clearly a powerhouse, together we have an outstanding 145 years of Pennsylvania based dealership experience between us.”
SEI President & CEO Dennis Heller added “In the construction, road building and road maintenance industry, we as suppliers need to be able to grow and adapt to changes in the way this industry operates, we believe this merger allows us to better serve our customers needs.”
Charlie Walsh now VP of Walsh Operations for Stephenson offered one example of ‘better serving customers’, “It is our plan to now offer rentals to the customers we serve, merging with SEI who already expertly provides rentals to customers is very knowledgeable on how to set up and operate rentals in our very niche’ product market, this will help us quickly adapt and offer this valuable service to customers in our region.”

Heller summed the big day up nicely saying “With the merging of SEI and Walsh we will continue to build on the legacy and foundation that has brought us to this point. We will remain true to our values, our commitment to our customers and our employees.”

Stephenson Adds Potain Igo MA-21 To Training Facility

Stephenson Equipment Crane Training Facility
At Stephenson Equipment Inc.’s (SEI) Harrisburg, Pa., training location you will find several cranes set-up and ready for hands-on training and the administering of CCO practical exams. The newest to join the training facility is a Potain Igo MA-21 tower crane dedicated solely for training and testing purposes.

“Giving the tower crane market in the region access to top quality operator training and certification is a priority for us here at Stephenson Equipment,” said Ray Feidt, the company’s inspection and training manager. Stephenson’s President and CEO Dennis Heller added “We strive to provide complete lifting solutions for businesses in the region we serve, our ability to offer services like hands-on training with CCO practical exams and classroom prep for the CCO written exams are a big part of that. We have training facilities at our four locations across Pennsylvania, in fact the classroom facility at our Prospect Park location in Philadelphia just went through a new remodel, giving trainees a new modern and comfortable facility to learn in.”

Committed to Training and Safety

With locations across Pennsylvania, Stephenson offers many options for class dates and locations for training and testing. Additionally, upon request, it can provide onsite classes at a customer’s location, using the customer’s cranes for operator training classes. Stephenson has several full-time certified instructors who have many years of experience in the industry, but training is not the only area focused on by Stephenson. Safety and inspection is another part of the complete lifting solutions package they deliver to the region. To do this Stephenson employs a staff of full-time crane inspectors who are certified to perform OSHA and ANSI inspections.

This Is What Separates an SEI Inspection From Others

SEI’s full-time staff of certified inspectors are fully insured with not only general liability insurance but also professional liability insurance. This insurance, generally called “errors and omissions” insurance is very expensive and most other crane inspectors do not carry this insurance, according to the company.

Both the crane and the carrier are inspected with SEI. The boom truck, truck crane or all terrain crane will be fully compliant to state and federal regulations. The crane will be OSHA certified and the carrier will be certified to meet Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association regulations.

Thorough inspection reports are provided after an SEI inspection. You will have two comprehensive inspection reports itemizing every checkpoint on the crane and carrier inspected. Any required actions are clearly marked and photos of the deficiencies provided.

SEI’s inspectors are certified by the NCCCO and are continually trained in both crane and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association inspection regulations.

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James A. Penman Former President and Owner of SEI Passes Away

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James Penman (1938-2016)

James A. Penman Sr., former president and owner of Stephenson Equipment, Inc. passed away Monday August 1, 2016. Jim was president of SEI since 1990, he owned the majority interest of SEI from 1992 to 2003.
Jim retired in 2005 to pursue his love of farming.


St. Lawrence County NY Workers Trained on their New Diamond Mower

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Kirby Coon Stephenson’s area rep for central and upstate New York was on hand for the delivery and training by SEI for St. Lawrence County’s new Diamond Boom Mower. St Lawrence County Highway Department operators and mechanics are shown being trained on the operation of their new Diamond 22′ Rear Cradle Boom Mower with a 50″ Heavy Duty Rotary Cutter Head. The unit will be used to keep vegetation under control along the counties roadways and around the counties buildings and trails.

Diamond builds their units in the USA using only top grade bolts and pins assuring that the equipment can take the tough pounding heavier vegetation can give these type of units.


Stephenson Equipment features a proven mix of equipment that is perfect for counties like St. Lawrence and other municipal governments.  Stephenson’s area rep like Kirby Coon specialize in being able to assist municipalities and local governments with equipment planning and budgeting.

JCB Compact Tele-Handler Outperforms the Competition!

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L & N Zimmerman Excavating out of Newmanstown, PA took delivery of their new JCB 525-60 Compact Tele-handler. They demo’d 3 competitive units before they made a decision to buy and said the JCB outperformed them all in every area including lift, reach, versatility, comfort, and quality. With a 5,500 lift capacity, 20′ reach, and 3 different steering modes, the JCB 525-60 makes for the perfect yard machine.


Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division – Diamond Wetblade Mowing System


Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division up just north of Watertown, N.Y. purchased one of the very first Diamond Wetblade mowing systems in NY!
Kirby Coon, Territory Rep for Stephenson said “They have various specific plant species in different regions that they need to manage and this Diamond Wetblade unit will provide them with “the right tool for the job!” We will documenting the effectiveness of the unit over time with progression photos as they mitigate and implement their vegetation management program.”
We work with you to find the right equipment for your needs, give us a call: 800-325-6455.

Darr Construction Takes Advantage of Manitowoc 0% Financing and Section 179 Tax Stimulus

Darr Construction NBT45 National Boom Truck

Jerry Darr of Darr Construction Inc. in Berlin,PA is pictured outside our SEI branch location in McDonald, PA picking up his 2013 National NBT 45. “Darr took advantage of special 0% financing from Manitowoc and Section 179 tax stimulus passed by the U.S. Congress this past mid December.” said SEI territory rep Gabe Lash.

Darr Contruction Inc. is a General Contractor family owned business now employing the 3rd generation of the family. Currently they own a Grove TMS800E, they are buying the National NBT 45 to replace an aging Grove 50 truck crane in their fleet.  The fact that the National NBT 45 requires no permitting to move on the roads and has no restrictions on time-of-day movement coupled with the end of year incentives made this an easy decision for them.
Interested in finding out more of the benefits of the National Boom Truck line and current incentives available contact us today 800-325-6455.

Then and Now: Gatehouse Restoration at the Pymatuning Reservoir

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Photo 2 Pymatuning Restoration 10-2015


A very interesting and stark contrast between the lifting equipment used in the 1932 construction of the Pymatuning Reservoir and the MLC165 currently being used the restore and update the gatehouse at the reservoir. Thanks to Linda Armstrong the Environmental Education Specialist for the reservoir we got a look at some of the original construction photographs from the early 1930’s. The left photograph appears to be a steam powered wooden lifting device placing the rocks of the dam by what will eventually be the gatehouse. The photo on the right shows the MLC165 on the job at the reservoir and to the left of the crane is the gatehouse that is being restored.

Clearwater Construction a Stephenson customer is using a Manitowoc MLC165 Crawler Crane in the Gatehouse Restoration Project.

Clearwater Construction was founded in 2003 and is a family owned contractor that performs public work contracts over the entire state of Pennsylvania.

National Crane NBT40 – Perfect for the Commercial Roofing Industry



David Maines & Associates a full service commercial roofer out of Lewistown, PA were at our Harrisburg, PA branch to take delivery of their new National NBT40 Boom Truck Crane. The crew from David Maines went over the start-up and operation of their new crane with SEI this morning. Our territory rep Rusty Daub worked with them to find out their needs and fit them with the new NBT40, he said “It is perfect for their needs in the commercial roofing business, it gives them the road-ability they need, and easy maneuverability on job sites, and a great lift capacity.”
Contact us with your needs, we have lifting solutions suited to just about any industry!

Regal Cast Goes With a New JCB Again – After Trying Other Brands The JCB 525-60 Compact Telescopic Handler Wins Out

Regal Cast out of Lebanon, PA updated the current JCB 520-40 with the new JCB 525-60 compact telescopic handler. They demonstrated 4 different brand telehandlers and chose JCB again. Scott Schatz SEI territory rep said “they went with the JCB again because of its larger lift capacity, higher reach, engine serviceability, and overall higher quality.” Scott noted that this machine is perfect for working in tight quarters and has the versatility to handle almost any job you could have for it.