Equipment dealers and buyers recently gathered at Alparon Park in Troy, PA, for a showcase of heavy equipment at the Tioga/Bradford Equipment show.
More than 1,000 people were on hand to peruse the display of bulldozers, rollers, trucks, excavators and other merchandise from over 100 dealers both local and from around the country. Many in attendance were from municipalities eyeing equipment for their road maintenance operations.
“This is a chance for municipal supervisors and road maintenance workers to meet and see the new equipment available on the market today,” said Tom Lyons, vice chairman and one of the show organizers. “This is the third time it has been held here in Troy and it has grown each year. We have vendors here from as far away as California, and many from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”
Bob Stewart and Gary Marsh, both of S.C. Hansen Case Equipment Dealers of Horseheads, NY, said equipment shows such as this are important for the company.
“We have brought a selection of equipment that municipal maintenance crews are looking to buy or rent. It is also a chance to get people up to speed on new products or technology that is available now,” said Marsh.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was also on hand, with an informational booth and a few pieces of heavy equipment. Warren Knapp, of PennDOT, said the show is a way for PennDOT to connect with the public.
“This is our chance to get feedback from the public,” said Knapp. “We meet a lot of municipal officials here and we are able to get input from them about road maintenance. We also get to give them input about what we are doing. We need to have this kind of dialogue with the public and shows like this give us that opportunity.”
Carolyn Snyder and Melissa Breese of Armenia Mountain Rental, Troy, PA, attended the booth where their heavy equipment such as heavy-duty lifts, front end loaders, and other construction equipment, were on display.
“This is a good place to show people what we have to offer,” said Snyder.
Many of the vendors offered drawings and give-always and potential customers could be seen conversing with equipment dealers about the specifications of particular equipment.