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Ditch Witch Introduces New Equipment at Open House


itch Witch of Ohio, Western Pa. & Western N.Y., recently held open house events at its facilities in Columbus, Ohio and Cranberry Township, Pa., to introduce equipment. The all-day new equipment rodeo featured a wide range of new equipment including new directional drills and TK trackers, new miniskid steers, trenchers, vacuum excavators and locators. At the Columbus event, Roger Lipscomb, president and executive director of Ohio Utilities Protection Service conducted a session on House Bill 458, a new law designed to improve Ohio’s current damage prevention regulations through enhanced communications and cooperation among stakeholders. As well as an opportunity to watch Ditch Witch’s new lineup of equipment in action, attendees were treated to lunch and door prizes. Matt Di Iorio, who served as the dealership’s general manager for the past five years, recently took ownership of the dealership. Prior dealer management and ownership experiences will serve him well in this new venture. Di Iorio also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Associated Equipment Distributors. Ditch Witch has been extraordinary to work with and he’s proud and excited to represent the line, he said. Ditch Witch imposes stringent demands on its dealerships to ensure high standards in sales and service are maintained, adding that this approach fit well with his own personal business philosophy, according to Di

Iorio. The dealership has grown by substantially in recent years and has been honored with the Ditch Witch President’s Award of Achievement, Parts & Service Award of Achievement and Crescent Club. Three years ago, Di Iorio oversaw the move from its previous location in Columbus to its new facility which backs up to Interstate 70. While much more accessible to its clients, the intent was to provide the dealership better positioning to get to its customers. The Cranberry Township, PA branch is located near Interstate 79 and Interstate 76 for the same reason, said Di Iorio. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at The crew from American Broadband Services checks out a Ditch Witch XT 855 excavator/tool carrier.

Brian Stevenson (L) of Stevenson Utilities Construction conducts a little parts business with Gerland Hay of Ditch Witch of Ohio, Western Pa., & Western N.Y., before enjoying some lunch.

(L-R): Ditch Witch of Ohio, Western Pa., & Western N.Y.’s Mike Moseley talked about the Ditch Witch RT80 quad ride on trencher with Scott Castanien and George Blair of Ohio Farmers Co-op and Dennis Reep, also with Ditch Witch of Ohio, W. Pa., and W. N.Y.

Tania and Matt DiIorio take a team approach in the dealership’s operations. (L-R): Before giving his talk on new Ohio regulations, Roger Lipscomb of Utilities Protection Service catches up with Ditch Witch of Ohio, Western Pa., & Western N.Y.’s Matt DiIorio and Scott Miller of Miller Pipeline.

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Frey Features Heer Excavating, Miller Bros. Construction Eqpt.

F Kevin Frey kept the auction moving at a steady clip.

rey & Sons Auctioneers held an auction in Archbold, Ohio, on May 1, with much of the equipment up for bid coming from Heer Excavating and Miller Bros. Construction. Heer Excavating owner, Dan Heer has decided to liquidate his fleet to pursue other interests and Miller Bros. Construction equipment was made available through its fleet update program. The auction, featuring a large variety of construction contractor equipment, drew a sizable crowd of onsite bidders largely from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and attracted heavy online bidding as well.

(This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.con- (L-R): Mike Flowers of Tri-State Equipment, Tod Schlacter of S & S Jeff Koehler of JDR Excavating (L), and Rick Moore of Southeastern Directional Boring and Bob Galloway found the auction was a good place to network while looking at the equipment. see FREY page 4 Equipment Company take in the auction activities.

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Auction Attracts Sizable Crowd From Ohio, Ind., Mich. FREY from page 2

(L-R): In from Indiana, Don Engleman of Hard Hat Services catches up with Stein Inc.’s John Solt, and Matt Mahnen and Adam Cipiccioni of Ohio CAT.

Tom Hornish (L) of Richfield Hay & Straw and Paul Albosta of Misteguay Creek Farms give a Cat 330 CL excavator the once-over.

Michael Page (L) of Page Machinery Company and Butch Frey of Butch Frey Equipment find a place in the shade to watch the auction.




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Cincinnati Sees First Ritchie Sale in More Than 10 Years


itchie Bros. hosted its first sale in Cincinnati, Ohio in more than 10 years on May 7. More than 1,000 bidders registered on site and online, with 60 percent of the equipment sold via the internet. A VIP dinner was held the night before the sale that also served as an equipment preview. Several long-time Cincinnati contractors were in attendance: Rumpke, NelsonStark, Watson Gravel, Larry Smith Contracting, Ohio CAT, Columbus Equipment and Southeastern Equipment.

The crowd is geared up on excavator row.

(This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at

Jason White (C) assists some interested bidders.

Two Cat D8N’s were sold to bidders from Germany.

Long-time Cincinnati contractors enjoy the VIP dinner and auction preview.

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Franklin Equipment Opens Third Ohio Branch in Dublin

Franklin Equipment has announced the opening of its new location in Dublin, Ohio, at 7570 Fishel Drive South.

Franklin Equipment has announced the opening of its new location in Dublin, Ohio, at 7570 Fishel Drive South. As the New Holland equipment dealer in central Ohio, Franklin Equipment now has three branches throughout the state, with the complete agriculture and construction equipment lines available at all locations. “We’re excited to take this next step in our expansion plan,” said Tony Repeta, general manager of Franklin Equipment. “It's important to provide quick turnaround for parts, service, and equipment, and our new branch will help us serve our customers better.” Franklin Equipment offers both new and used equipment, rental equipment, and parts and service for the full range of construction

and landscaping equipment. Franklin serves a wide variety of customers, from private landscapers to large scale builders, with equipment to meet all their needs. Brands represented include New Holland Construction and Agriculture, Wacker Neuson light equipment, Woods and Land Pride landscaping equipment, and Skyjack aerial equipment, as well as attachments and trailers. Onsite service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by their certified technicians. For more information, call 614/389-2161. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at

Fecon Rolls Out New QR Code Fecon is rolling out a new look to its seri- information available so easily, including al number plates. Customers can now scan reduced downtime and increased productivthe QR Code on the plate and immediately ity. This also will enable second and third be linked to a list of commonly used parts owners of the machines to access the same specific to their information as the machine, as well as original owner, contact information when often-time for Fecon. manuals are not A QR Code is a passed along. machine-readable “Fecon is comcode consisting of an mitted to improving array of black and our customer’s white squares, typicalexperience. We ly used for storing believe customers URLs or other inforwill find this a usemation for reading by ful tool as we strive the camera on a smart- Customers can now scan the QR Code to keep our cuson the plate and immediately be linked phone. to a list of commonly used parts spe- tomers informed The new plates are cific to their machine, as well as con- and educated on mounted on the out- tact information for Fecon. their Bull Hogs and side of the mulcher give them the inforbody for easier access and will now feature a mation they need right at their fingertips,” QR Code unique to each mulcher. Fecon said in a recent press release. These plates will come standard on most (This story also can be found on Bull Hog models. Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at Customers will benefit in having this

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