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Company History


For more than 80 years, Arnold Machinery has been a significant part of the Intermountain West'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 1929 when "Doc" Arnold (pictured) opened the doors of Stannard-Arnold Machinery, through many decades of growth and expansion, the company's philosophy has evolved into a single goal:

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS OUR ONLY POLICY®

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 of his sons. Ray 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, also becoming Chairman in 1989. He continues as Chairman of the Board, succeeded by Russ Fleming as President and CEO of the Company in 2002. Upon retirement of Russ Fleming in 2012, Kayden Bell became President and CEO.


Company Milestones

1929
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.

1930's
Ray Arnold (Doc's son) joins the business. The Company enters the agriculture industry.

1940's
The Company moves into the material handling industry, becoming a distributor of Hyster forklifts.

1950's
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.

1960's
Additional construction equipment lines were acquired.

1970's
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

1980's
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.

1990's
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.