October 29, 2007

Pasadena, TX One of the longest lived equipment dealerships in Texas will again represent one the industry™s oldest names in construction machinery as R.B. Everett & Company is appointed to be the region™s exclusive distributor of Champion Compact Motor Graders. Everett™s executive team includes President, Farrel Henderson, Vice President, Dean Henderson, and Sales Manager, Bob Hodson, Everett has one of the most well respected sales forces in the area.


Bryan Abernathy, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Champion Motor Graders, recently announced the agreement with R.B. Everett, based in Pasadena just outside of Houston, TX. Champion and R.B. Everett both go back a long way in Texas,” he said, And we go back a long way together, too. We look forward to renewing the successes we enjoyed in the past bringing outstanding service to our customers in this part of the country.”


Abernathy explained that R.B. Everett was previously the Champion dealer for southeast Texas through the 1980s and early 1990s, until the Champion product line was purchased by Volvo Construction Equipment. Now that Champion is again independently owned, the company has been developing its network of distributors who have a strong track record in the specialized markets for compact graders.


Dean Henderson, Vice President of R.B. Everett & Company, welcomed Champion as a valuable new product line for their customers. We™re very pleased to have this line now; we know from experience that it™s a line that our municipal and contractor customers both can rely on.”


Bob Hodson, the Sales Manager at R.B. Everett, agrees that Champion products will fill an important need for customers in the region. When Champion approached us, we said right away that we were interested; there is a real demand in the market for this size of grader. There are few competitors in that range but, among them, Champion is by far the best machine. The Champion name is well remembered and well accepted.”


Specializing in compact graders for more than 25 years, the Abernathy family acquired their business back from Volvo in the summer of 2004. Since then, Champion has renewed development of the product line, introducing a wide range of engineering improvements with the new C-Series” models providing the industry™s tightest turning radius, higher front axle clearance and a wider blade-lift stance for moldboard control.


Founded in Houston, in 1911, R.B. Everett is the oldest equipment distributor west of the Mississippi and was one of the first companies to bring equipment sales and service to the Texas construction industry. The firm now serves customers throughout 40 counties in the Houston and southeast Texas area. Six years ago, the corporate headquarters moved to a new 11-acre facility at 8211 Red Bluff Road, just four minutes from Beltway 8 in nearby Pasadena.


The Champion line is already making headway. Two graders from the initial order placed at the time we signed the dealer agreement, Dean Henderson reports have already found buyers. Our customers are glad to see that Champion machines are available here again for sale and for rental,” he says. When you™ve been in business since 1911, you get to know quite a few folks!” One of the machines has been sold to a local contractor and the other is slated for a municipal equipment fleet.


About Champion

One of the oldest names in the equipment industry, Champion Motor Graders has specialized in the development of compact graders and attachments for over 25 years. Champion engineering and manufacturing, based in Charlotte, NC, are dedicated to the production of compact machines that assure customers of the same productivity and quality standards they expect from the best in full-size construction machinery. The Champion line-up now includes five basic models with operating weights from 12,000 to 15,500 lbs., featuring the full range of single-axle, tandem and all-wheel 4×4 and 6×6 drive systems. Champion continues to develop a growing range specialized equipment for the road maintenance and paving industry.


For Champion sales and service in the southeast Texas region, contact:

R. B. Everett & Company

8211 Red Bluff Road

Pasadena, TX 77508

Phone: 281-991-8161 Fax: 281-991-5967


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