Wyoming Machinery Co. Expands
October 11, 2013
The Casper-based Caterpillar dealer recently signed a contract to add additional coal-mining machinery to its business in a move that will create a facility in Gillette, WY with 85 employees. The news comes as many mining markets are experiencing a slow down. Wyoming Machinery acquired distribution for the former Bucyrus brand line of heavy-duty coal mining equipment. Bucyrus specialized in mining shovels, drag lines, underground equipment and large hydraulic excavators.
"It's a great opportunity for Wyoming Machinery because our customer base is the same one we have been servicing throughout our history," Wyoming Machinery President/CEO Rich Wheeler told the Casper Star-Tribune. "This gives us better solutions for our customers for mining. Now we have the complete product line that coal miners use to do their business".
Wyoming Machinery has sold and serviced Caterpillar equipment in the state since 1969. Wheeler is a 4th generation "Cat" dealer. Cat bought Bucyrus in 2011 and is now selling dealers the option to service parts and sell the former Bucyrus equipment. Wyoming Machinery is one of the first dealers to complete the incorporation of Bucyrus into its business.
The acquisition includes 85 employees and now gives Wyoming Machinery a total workforce of 760 people in Cheyenne, Casper, Rock Springs and Gillette.