About Us

Company History

For more than 85 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

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.

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

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

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.

Additional construction equipment lines were acquired.

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

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.

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, and Material Handling Equipment Divisions.

In 2000, GID Division expanded its presence in Washington and Oregon with the purchase of S&W’s Farm Equipment in Portland, Oregon.

Flagstaff, Arizona Material Handling moved into a new facility becoming a full service branch.

Representation of the Volvo line in all of Arnold’s C&ME Division’s territories was completed with the purchase of the Volvo distributorship in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001.

In 2002, Alvin Richer was succeeded by Russ Fleming as President and CEO of the company. Alvin Richer continued as Chairman of the Board.

In 2003, GID expanded into Montana, Eastern Wyoming and the Dakota territories by purchasing Countryside Marketing in Billings, Montana.

In 2005, the Hitachi Mining products sales territory was expanded into the entire state of Montana and Wyoming, and a mining branch was added in Gillette, Wyoming.

In 2006, the MH facility in Twin Falls, Idaho was expanded to include the CE Division.

Materials Handling Equipment Company (MHECO), a Hyster distributorship in Colorado and Wyoming was purchased. This expanded the MH territory.

R.M. Wade, a farm implement distribution business in the Northwest, was acquired and GID moved from Woodburn to a larger facility in Portland.

In 2007 the facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado was replaced with a new one, and a new building to house the Johnstown, Colorado opened.

The C&ME Division was split into two divisions in July 2007 – Construction Equipment and Mining Equipment. There are now four operating divisions – Construction Equipment Division, Material Handling Equipment Division, Mining Equipment Division, and the General Implement Distributors Division (GID).

The Tucson, Arizona branch building was replaced with a new facility to house the existing MH branch and expanded to include the addition of the CE Division.

In 2008 Arnold Machinery Company began representing Hyster in Minnesota, North Dakota and western part of Wisconsin from a facility in Minneapolis.

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

In July 2009 Volvo Road Products was added to the CE Division, and in August 2009 the Material Handling Division purchased the forklift business of H & E Equipment adding Yale to its product line.

In October 2011 General Implement Division purchased West Country Products in Jamestown, North Dakota.

In 2012, upon the retirement of Russ Fleming, Kayden Bell became President and CEO of the company. Alvin Richer continued as Chairman of the Board.

In 2013, the Gillette Mining Equipment branched moves to a new location with better visibility.

The Portland General Implement branch moved from Beaverton to a location near the Portland airport.

The Phoenix Material Handling branch moved to a new location adjacent to the Phoenix Construction Equipment branch.

Mesa Liftruck, Inc. in Grand Junction, CO was acquired and became a branch of the Material Handling Division.

Lindco Equipment and Supply was acquired and became a part of the Phoenix Construction Equipment branch.

In 2015, General Implement Distributors (GID) Division acquired the assets of Alliance Distributing, Inc. out of Hewitt (Waco), Texas. They divisions sales territory expanded into Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi.

In 2016, the Mining Division became a distributor for Hitachi Equipment in 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.

Although we will continue to evolve, our SILVER SERVICE® attitude will never change. Because at Arnold Machinery Company, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS OUR ONLY POLICY®.