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Arnold Machinery - Equipment Dealer History
Arnold Machinery - Dealership FounderSince 1929, Arnold Machinery has been a significant part of the intermountain’s growth and expansion. Every change, every addition, and every facility has been designed to bring customers a superior product, in a fast and efficient manner, and at a fair price. From that day in January when “Doc” Arnold opened the doors of Stannard-Arnold Machinery, through many decades of growth and expansion, the company’s philosophy has evolved into a single goal:
One of Arnold Machinery’s greatest assets through the years has been continuity of management. Doc Arnold was succeeded in the company leadership by both his sons. Ray Arnold served as President from 1944 to 1968, followed by Bob Arnold who served as President and CEO from 1968 to 1984. In 1985, Alvin Richer became Arnold Machinery’s fourth President and CEO. Russ Fleming became President and CEO of the company in 2002. In 2012, Kayden Bell became President and CEO. Al Richer became Chairman of the Board in 1989-2016 and passed it onto his son Arnold Richer November 2016.
We are your source for forklift sales and material handling rentals along with lift truck service, parts and warehouse equipment. Buy Yale and Hyster forklifts all of our dealer locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona, Twin Falls, Boise and Idaho Falls, Idaho, Johnstown, Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, & Colorado.
L.E. “Doc” Arnold & Floyd C. Stannard incorporate Stannard-Arnold Machinery Company representing several construction equipment lines. Later that year, Mr. Stannard resigns, company becomes Arnold Machinery Company.
Ray Arnold (Doc’s son) joins the business. The Company enters the agriculture industry.
The Company moves into the material handling industry, becoming a distributor of Hyster forklifts IN 1944.
Arnold expands into Idaho, opening a full-service branch in Idaho Falls in 1951, followed by expansion into Boise in 1954.
General Implement (GID) is formed to sell the farm equipment lines.
International Harvester and Hough Construction lines were acquired
In 1970, a new headquarters facility in Salt Lake City, Utah designed to accommodate machinery sales and service operations was completed. This was followed by the 1971 opening of a branch in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the 1979 dedication of a separate Material Handling Division (MH) headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
General Implement becomes a division of Arnold Machinery Company
The Hitachi line of construction and mining equipment was acquired in 1982, coinciding with a resurgence of mining activity in Nevada. A branch office was opened in Elko, Nevada in 1983 and expanded into a full-service branch in 1988. The following year, Georges Equipment was acquired in Reno, Nevada along with the Volvo product line.
Current Chairman, Al Richer became the CEO in 1985 and Chairman of the Board in 1989. SILVER SERVICE� and CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS OUR ONLY POLICY� were introduced at the Strategic Planning in 1986 to emphasize our commitment to our customers.
In 1989, Western Machinery was acquired, expanding our Construction and Mining Equipment Division’s (C&ME) coverage into the entire state of Arizona.
In 1990 a new facility was built in Boise, Idaho, housing all three divisions, C&ME, MH, and GID.
American Material Handling of Arizona (Hyster distributorship) was acquired in 1992, combined with Western Machinery and the total entity became Arnold Machinery.
In 1993, the Hyster distributorship in Las Vegas was acquired from Ahern Rental.
Construction Equipment Associates (CEA) in Salt Lake City, Utah and Central Equipment in Idaho (Volvo) were purchased in 1995, giving Arnold the Volvo product line for the entire states of Utah and Idaho.
In 1996, a new facility in Las Vegas was constructed, incorporating the Construction & Mining Equipment Division and the Material Handling Equipment Division.
In 2000, GID Division expanded its presence in Washington and Oregon with the purchase of S&W’s Farm Equipment in Portland, Oregon. In 2003, GID expanded into the Montana, Eastern Wyoming and the Dakota territories by purchasing Countryside Marketing in Millings, Montana. In 2006, R.M. Wade, a farm implement distribution business in the Northwest, was acquired and GID moved from Woodburn to a larger facility in Portland.
Flagstaff, Arizona MH moved into a new facility in 2000, becoming a full service branch.
Representation of the Volvo line in all of Arnold’s C&ME Division’s territories was completed with the urchase of the Volvo distributorship in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. In 2005, the Hitachi Mining Products sales territory was expanded into the entire states of Montana and Wyoming, and a mining branch was added in Gillette, Wyoming.
In 2002, Alvin Richer was succeeded by Russ Fleming as President and CEO of the company. Alvin Richer continued as Chairman of the Board.
In 2006, the MH facility in Twin Falls, Idaho was expanded to include the CE Division.
Also in 2006, Materials Handling Equipment Company (MHECO), the Hyster distributorship in Colorado and Wyoming was purchased. This expanded our MH territory into those states. The facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado was replaced with a new one in 2007, and a new building to house the Johnstown, Colorado opened.
The C&ME Division was split into two separate divisions in July 2007 – Construction Equipment and Mining Equipment. There are now four operating division – Construction Equipment Division (CE), Material Handling Equipment Division (MH), Mining Equipment Division (ME), and General Implement Distributors Division (GID).
In 2007 the Tucson, Arizona branch building was replaced with a new facility to house the existing MH branch and expanded to include the addition of the CE Division.
In 2008 Arnold Machinery Company began representing Hyster in Minnesota, North Dakota and the western part of Wisconsin from a facility in Minneapolis.
In 2009 Arnold Machinery Company reached a milestone by celebrating its 80th year of continuous operation. In July 2009 Volvo Road Products was added to the Construction Equipment Division. In August 2009 the Material Handling Division purchased the forklift business of H & E DEquipment in Grand Rappids, MN adding Yale to its product line.


In October 2011 General Implement Distributors expanded into North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin with the purchase of West Country Products in Jamestown, North Dakota.
In 2012, upon retirement of Russ Fleming, Kayden Bell became President and CEO of the company. Alvin Richer continued as Chairman of the Board.
In 2013, the Gillette Mining equipment branch moved to a new location. The Portland General Implement branch moved from Beaverton to a location near the Portland airport. The Phoenix Material Handling branch moved to a new location adjacent to the Phoenix Construction Equipment branch. Mesa Liftruck, Inc. in Grand Junction, CO was acquired and became a branch of the Material Handling Division. Lindco Equipment and Supply was acquired and became part of the Phoenix Construction Equipment branch. With this acquisition the Sandvic Drill line was added to the Mining and Construction Divisions.
In 2015, General Implement Distributors (GID) Division acquired the assets of Alliance Distributing, Inc. out of Hewitt (Waco), Texas. The division’s sales territory expanded into Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi.
In 2016, the Mining Division became a distributor for Hitachi Equipment in Colorado.

Arnold Machinery Company
2975 West 2100 South Salt Lake City UT 84119
Phone: (801) 974-4000 Fax: (801) 974-4094
Toll Free Phone: 888-214-1847