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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:

Bringing Silver Service® to each customer is our priority, and Customer Satisifaction 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.

Arnold Machinery Company History


L.E. “Doc” Arnold & Floyd C. Stannard incorporate Stannard-Arnold Machinery Company, representing several construction equipment lines in Utah.

Later that year, Mr. Stannard resigns, and the company becomes Arnold Machinery Company.


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


Arnold Machinery enters the material handling industry, becoming a distributor of Hyster forklifts.


Arnold expands into Idaho with locations in Idaho Falls then Boise.

General Implement (GID) is formed to sell the farm equipment lines.


Arnold Machinery acquires more construction lines.


A new headquarters facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, is completed.

A separate Material Handling Division (MH) headquarters in Salt Lake City is dedicated in 1979.

General Implement becomes a division of Arnold Machinery Company


Al Richer becomes CEO and Chairman of the Board

Al Richer introduces Silver Service® and Customer Satisfaction is Our Only Policy®

Hitachi construction and mining equipment lines are acquired.

Arnold Machinery expands into Nevada

The Volvo product line is acquired.

Construction and Mining Equipment cover the entire state of Arizona.


A new facility is built in Meridian, Idaho, housing all three divisions: Construction and Mining Equipment (CME), Material Handling (MH) and General Implement Distributors (GID).

Arnold becomes the sole distributor of the Volvo product line in Idaho and Utah.

A new facility is built in Las Vegas for Construction, Mining, and Materials Handling.


Russ Fleming replaces Al Richer as President and CEO.

The CME Division is split into two divisions – Construction Equipment (CE) and Mining Equipment (ME).

Construction Equipment becomes the sole distributor of Volvo and Volvo Road products in all its territories.

Material Handling adds Yale to its product line and expands to Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Mining Equipment expands into Montana and Wyoming.

General Implement expands into Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas.

In 2009 Arnold Machinery Company reached a milestone by celebrating its 80th year of continuous operation.


General Implement expands to North Dakota.

Kayden Bell replaces Russ Fleming as President and CEO.

General Implement Distributors (GID) expand to Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi.

Distribution of Hitachi Mining Equipment expands to Colorado.


Today, Arnold Machinery Company stands at the threshold of the future, prepared to face the on-coming decades with the same enthusiasm, optimism and dedication to customer satisfaction on which our reputation is built. Our leadership is strong, our finances are sound, our relation with our customers and manufacturers is resolute, and our associates are motivated and dedicated.