Harrisburg, PA-based Stephenson Equipment, Inc. in the US has acquired CC & FF Keesler, Inc. based in Prospect Park, PA. The acquisition was a part of Stephenson’s recent focus on growth in the Philadelphia/Southeast Pennsylvania market, according to Dennis Heller, president and CEO.

Seeking a facility and possible strategic alliance with an existing distributor, Heller approached Keesler and found significant common ground, which led to the acquisition, according to the company. The two firms have a working relationship dating from the 1950s when both companies were P&H Crane distributors. Both companies were regular top 10 distributors for P&H until the brand was sold in the mid 1990s. Since then both companies represented different brands but continued a business relationship, according to Heller. Stephenson is a Manitowoc Grove dealer.

Heller said the Keesler name is well regarded in the crane industry, and the company’s facility and location are top rate. Keesler has also been a top Rogers Brothers Trailer dealer for more than 80 years, a tradition Stephenson intends to continue and build on.

The company will be known as the Keesler division of Stephenson Equipment, Inc. Rick Keesler will be operations manager of the division that will represent all Manitowoc brands, including crawlers, Grove hydraulic cranes, National boom trucks and Potain tower cranes as well as Manitex boom trucks, Spider cranes and Rogers Trailers.

Stephenson Equipment, Inc. has locations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, PA as well as branches in Albany and Syracuse, NY.

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