Bode Equipment Company Celebrates Forty Years in Business

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New England's Leading Material Handling Company Marks Major Milestone with Honors and Accolades from Customers, Suppliers and Industry Leaders

There are a number of distributors in this market... Bode definitively fits the description of a true business partner. They are always willing to listen to new ideas, technologies and best practices.

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Bode Equipment Company (Bode), New England’s premiere provider of material handling, overhead door and loading dock solutions, is pleased to announce the celebration of its fortieth year in business. This celebration marks yet another milestone in the growth of this family-oriented, customer-centric company from its origins as a small, out-of-home business to a respected leader in material handling solutions throughout the Northeast region.

In 1975, Larry Bode founded Bode Equipment in his living room in Suncook, NH. With his wife Dotty, Larry operated the company from his home, even modifying his driveway to accommodate freight trucks that would drop off deliveries of equipment. In 1985, Larry agreed to sell the company to a close family friend, Steve Fawcett, and the operation was moved from Suncook to Manchester, NH.

Steve worked tirelessly to grow the company, shifting the company’s sales model from contractor-based to direct-to-consumer, a move that would come to define the company and contribute to its success.

“Moving our focus to the end user was a milestone moment for our business,” says Steve’s son and Bode President, Scott Fawcett. “It was then that we really started adding to our catalog and dealing with a variety of different suppliers.”

Chip Pretto of InRep Corporation, comments on what makes Bode a successful distributor of their products.

“There are a number of distributors in this market with which we do business. However, based on our experience, Bode definitively fits the description of a true business partner. They are always willing to listen to new ideas, technologies and best business practices.” Chris continues, “plus, having their own qualified installation crews means they assume all responsibility for the outcome of a project from start to finish, making them fully vested in a successful outcome.”

In 2010, Bode took another major step towards expanding their reach and capabilities with the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Service Handling Equipment Company (SHECO).

“We wanted to expand our focus into the Massachusetts market and SHECO was a company with a 56-year history in the area and a strong reputation for quality service that aligned with Bode’s,” comments Fawcett.

Today, Bode has 19 employees, two locations and serves the entire New England region. Their commitment to quality, safety, and innovation has fueled this growth, a corporate-wide work ethic that has not gone unnoticed in the industry. As a member of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), Bode proudly received its fourth consecutive Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award this year in recognition of its outstanding achievements in business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship. Nominated this year by their customer, Baker Distributing, a Vermont-based beverage distributor, and the main supplier to the project, Wildeck, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial steel work platforms (mezzanines) and vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRC's), it’s evident why Bode continues to grow.

“Time and again Bode has proven itself to be a soup-to-nuts first class company,” says Gerry Couture, General Manager of Baker Distributing. “Their recommendation of Wildeck was right on the money. We couldn’t be happier with the solutions Wildeck and Bode provided.”

“Bode has represented Wildeck for many years and our partnership with them is strengthened by their professionalism industry knowledge and high ethical standards,” adds Wildeck Director of Sales, Paul Mihelich. “Scott Fawcett and his team are dedicated to their customers and focus on providing solutions, not just product. Congratulations on achieving 40 years of business. It is a milestone to celebrate and we look forward to working with you for 40 more! “

About Bode Equipment Company
Bode Equipment Company has been servicing New England industrial and commercial customers since 1975. Offering a wide variety of material handling solutions as well as loading dock and overhead door services, Bode Equipment Company has grown to be one of the largest providers in the region. With a local presence in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, we offer design, layout, sales, installation and service. For more information, please visit http://www.bodeequipment.com.

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