Briggs Equipment Celebrates 125 Years of Service

DALLAS – Briggs Equipment, an ESOP-owned, full-service material handling solutions company is celebrating its 125th anniversary across its footprint throughout the month of September.

Founded in 1896 by C.H. Briggs and J.C. Weaver in Dallas, Texas, Briggs-Weaver Machine Manufacturing company had a vision of becoming the nation’s best industrials supplier. From servicing parts and repairs in Texas to providing service across the country, Briggs Equipment has grown today to 29 locations and almost 1,000 team members.

In 1952, Charles A. Sammons, founder of Sammons Enterprises, acquired Briggs-Weaver with the desire to push the boundaries of the machine manufacturing industry and create strategic partnerships with key manufacturers.  A pivotal moment in the company’s history took place in 1978 when Sammons launched the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), creating a new ownership model for the company.  Today, the ESOP model continues to shape the way company leadership makes decisions as well as day-to-day operations.

“Briggs Equipment has been an integral part of the Sammons Enterprises portfolio since 1952.  I applaud all of the team members whose dedication to customer solutions has been a cornerstone to success for the last 125 years” said Darron Ash, Senior Vice President, Sammons Enterprises.

From its first partnership in 1953 with railcar mover company Trackmobile, to continued expansion with key material handling manufacturers, Kalmar Ottawa, Hyster, Yale, JCB, Polaris, Kärcher, and Princeton, Briggs Equipment has stayed focus on delivering expert service, parts, equipment, and rentals to their expanding customer base.  With the quick growth of Briggs-Weaver, Sammons Enterprises formed Briggs Equipment in 1996 to expand the material handling side of the business.

“It is a privilege to carry the torch of a company that has navigated the ever-changing needs of business for the last 125 years.  Every team member should be proud of the part they have played in this long-term success. Briggs Equipment is powered by the hard work of our team members and their dedication to continuing the tradition of providing complete solutions to our customers with a safety-first focus,” said Dan Lister, President, Briggs Equipment.

“Throughout the history of Briggs Equipment, it has been the team’s dedication to providing quality service that has driven new partnerships and continued growth.  A front-line focus on providing best-in-class material handling solutions to our customers and having the most knowledgeable team in the industry will be the foundation for the future,” Lister added.

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