Stafford Tractor of the Carolinas has only been in existence since April 1, but it has already gone through its first expansion.
The division of Stafford Development, a 55-year-old business based in Tifton, GA, opened up shop at 9831 Brookford St. in Charlotte, NC, and, just three months later, finalized its acquisition of Atlantic Coast Cranes in Ashland, VA.
Both companies are led by President John Wall, who is based in Charlotte.
The 10,000-sq.-ft. facility, which was most recently Moody Machinery, carries Terex and American cranes and Link-Belt excavators. Its 15 employees, eight of whom are housed in the shop, all worked together for the company’s previous owner.
Wall said many of them have worked together for 20 or 25 years, even as the name on its storefront changed.
The location boasts a seven-bay shop and a parts warehouse on the 3.5-acre parcel of land just off Westinghouse Boulevard.
Stafford spent approximately $100,000 to upgrade the facility, Wall said.
DeNean Stafford III, chairman of the board of Stafford Development, has wanted to extend into the Carolinas for years, he added.
“We have been researching the Carolina market for a number of years and feel fortunate that this opportunity came along. As with any business, getting the best people available is the key to success,” Stafford said. “John has assembled a team that has successfully worked together for many years. We feel confident that we can offer quality products and the best customer service available in the marketplace.”
In addition to the equipment business, Stafford Development also is involved in the real estate, hospitality and food industries.