Less than a year after The Toro Co. acquired The Charles Machine Works family of companies, it has sold back MTI Equipment to the pre-owned construction equipment provider’s original owners.


MTI’s founding ownership group that re-acquired the Florida-based company consists of Canon Stahl, Shawn Hendricks and Alain Trimble.


MTI was established in 1986 as a telecommunications installation provider. In the early 1990s, MTI transitioned into being a provider for pre-owned underground construction equipment. Hendricks and Stahl were both prior owners of the business at the time of the first sale of MTI Equipment in 2012. Stahl and Hendricks have over 40 years combined serving in various leadership roles at MTI Equipment. They both stayed on the leadership team after selling the company, playing a pivotal role in MTI’s growth. Alain Trimble has served in roles effectively leading operations and as company President for the previous owners.


The Toro Co. announced in February that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately-held The Charles Machine Works Inc., the Oklahoma corporation and the parent company of Ditch Witch and several other leading brands in the underground construction market that included MTI Equipment, for $700 million. In August, Toro announced realignment of the organizational structure for its underground construction businesses to better serve customers, maximize synergies and streamline costs. This realignment included winding down its Toro-branded large horizontal directional drill and riding trencher categories and combining certain aspects of the Ditch Witch, American Augers and Trencor businesses.


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The MTI Equipment group’s vision is clear, to be The Most Trusted Provider for Pre-owned Underground Construction Equipment Worldwide. Stahl comments, “Over the years MTI has set the standard for customer service in the pre-owned HDD market, because of this we have developed a loyal customer base and we are determined to continue to provide the best equipment and support possible,” Stahl said in a press release.


The company plays a unique role in the pre-owned equipment market. “MTI has provided 20 plus years of backing to the growing HDD industry,” says Hendricks, “we hope to continue to bring support to both the Ditch Witch and Vermeer dealer organizations.”


The new group completed the purchase of all inventory, personnel and property, which includes the recently built 39,000- sq ft facility in North Port, Florida. Trimble played a key role in the development of the new property, he says, “We are excited to grow upon MTI’s successful history of providing reliable directional drilling equipment to contractors. We are also committed to creating a great work environment for MTI’s current employees and providing support to the community here in Southwest Florida.”


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“We are excited to grow upon MTI’s successful history of providing reliable directional drilling equipment to contractors,” says Trimble, who played a key role in the development of the new property. “We are also committed to creating a great work environment for MTI’s current employees and providing support to the community here in Southwest Florida.”


MTI is known for their exclusive, 80-point RE-HDD Certification process. “It’s what sets MTI apart from the rest of the industry,” says Trimble. “MTI has the resources and processes in place to ensure customers are receiving the highest quality pre-owned horizontal directional drills on the market.”


SOURCE – MTI Equipment


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