Founded in 1961, H&E Equipment Services is Baton Rouge-born and Baton Rouge-proud. More than 50 years later, it operates as one of the largest integrated equipment companies in the nation with locations across the US.
Head & Engquist is established when manufacturer's sales representative Tom Engquist and Houston equipment distributor Frank Head recognize a growth trend along the Mississippi River and opportunities developing in the earthmoving and construction equipment business.
The company's reputation for offering quality equipment and personalized customer service draws the attention of Southwest Growth Pool, who purchases the company and retains the services of Tom Engquist to manage the business.
Southwest Growth Pool liquidates and sells to Tom Engquist and minority partner Bob Kennedy.
Head & Engquist expands into the growing New Orleans market with a new branch in Kenner, LA.
Head & Engquist merges with and later purchases Grove crane distributor South Texas Equipment. New branches open in Shreveport, LA; Lake Charles, LA; and Beaumont, TX.
Head & Engquist experiences a large growth period, opening branches in Alexandria, LA; Little Rock, Springdale, and Fort Smith, AR; San Antonio, TX; Jackson, MS; and Memphis, TN, as well as aerial lift divisions in Southern Texas and Gonzales, LA.
Head & Engquist acquires Dallas-based distributor Martin Equipment, and gains access to the Manitowoc Crane line. This strategic move also grants expansion into north, east and west Texas. That same year, it also acquires Houston-based Coastal Crane, a leading Manitowoc dealer, opening up new markets in southern Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Head & Engquist adds heavy focus to the aerial lift and telescopic forklift business, establishing an aerial lift division with branches in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina - securing dealership rights with many top-name manufacturers in the industry.
Head & Engquist merges with ICM Equipment Company, creating H&E Equipment Services LLC. The many common manufacturers and contiguous geographic markets of the two companies make for an ideal merger. The newly combined company operates 47 facilities throughout the Gulf Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, and Northwest regions, with a combined equipment rental fleet of over 15,000 units.
On January 31, 2006, H&E Equipment Services LLC announces its Initial Public Offering (IPO), becoming H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES). Using a portion of the proceeds generated by the IPO, H&E acquires Eagle High Reach, an aerial-lift company operating in California, and replicates the H&E full-service business model with these four new locations.
H&E acquires the assets J.W. Burress, Inc., headquartered in Roanoke, VA with 12 locations in the mid-Atlantic region, bringing the total number of H&E nationwide branches to 69.
H&E takes advantage of changing market conditions, investing in new branch openings and relocations, marking the beginning of an extensive and continuous growth period for the company.
H&E opens the doors to its newly constructed corporate headquarters facility in Baton Rouge, LA.
Largest growth year in company history: new branches open in Charleston, SC; Freeport, TX; San Jose, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Forestville, MD; and New Orleans, LA. Four existing branches, including Oklahoma City, OK; San Antonio, TX; Columbia, SC; and Greenville, SC, relocate to newly-constructed facilities. Many renovation and –improvement projects are completed in branches throughout the nation.
Executive Officers for H&E Equipment Services, Inc. are as follows:
- John Engquist, Chief Executive Officer and Director
- Leslie Magee, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
- Brad Barber, President and Chief Operating Officer