Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc. can trace its origin back to 1937 when Bob and Roy Cleveland started a landscaping contracting company. The company evolved through the years working on numerous high profile jobs. In search of new opportunities, Bob and Roy took over the Caterpillar dealership in Central Pennsylvania.
On Jan. 1 1948, Cleveland Brothers was formed. In 1965, Roy stayed at Cleveland Brothers while Bob moved to New York to pursue other dealer opportunities. Bob and Roy's father, C.W. "Dad" Cleveland, was hired as the purchasing agent for the company. Roy's son, Jay, began working at his father's company in 1961. In 1963, Bill Kirchhoff married Jean Cleveland, Roy's Daughter.
In 1988, Jay Cleveland Jr. joined the company and is currently president/chief executive officer. Tom Kirchhoff joined the company in 1994 and is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company. As Jay and Bill's sons take the same path, Cleveland Brothers remains a family oriented business. Meeting the needs of its customers has always been Cleveland Brothers' focal point.
On October 10, 2005 Cleveland Brothers acquired Beckwith Machinery Company. In addition Cleveland Brothers also acquired One Call Rentals, a network of Cat Rental Stores in Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia. One Call Rentals handles Caterpillar compact construction equipment and allied equipment such as air compressors and aerial lifts.
The transition allowed the Cleveland Brothers family of companies to serve 59 Pennsylvania counties in an area that stretches from the Northeast corner of the state throughout all of Central and Western Pennsylvania. Included in this new territory are 17 counties in Northern West Virginia and 2 in Western Maryland.
Every action the company takes, every decision it makes, is evaluated in terms of the impact on its customers and how they will profit. From the very beginning, Cleveland Brothers has known that for it to be successful, its customers must succeed. This philosophy has guided the company for over fifty years and placing the customer first will continue to be our focus.