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Charleston Area Alliance welcomes Bridgeport Equipment & Tool

ALLIANCE_color~verticalIn January 2013, the Charleston Area Alliance began a journey with Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, as the company sought to grow their business in the Kanawha Valley.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool began in 1995 and have seven successful locations. The Alliance began its work with the company by visiting their Marietta, Ohio location.

Once the Alliance staff had a grasp on the size of facility desired, along with other business needs, we identified and showed the company several sites throughout Kanawha County.

As with any site selection, the company narrowed their search to a few key locations and ultimately, as was reported in the Charleston Gazette earlier this week, they selected the former IGA grocery store site off the Davis Creek exit of Corridor G.

The site provides perfect visibility for the business. The company offers products like John Deere tractors, Stihl chain saws, footwear, clothing, mine gear and John Deere toys and collectibles. The company also offers a full line of equipment rentals.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool operates stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

“What struck me about the facility upon my first visit to their Marietta store was the variety of products offered,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“The equipment is there, but added to that, it’s a shop with boots, gear, trimmers, tillers, gun cabinets, chain saws, brush cutters, augers… you name it they have it. They even have equipment related toys for kids. You want a die cast tractor, they’ve got it.”

As the company narrowed their search, the Alliance was pleased to work with South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens, local real estate brokers, construction businesses and many others.

The Alliance is the economic development organization for the Kanawha Valley. We work to bring new businesses to the area, like Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, and to help businesses already in the Valley to sustain and expand.  The Alliance helps grow jobs, incent new capital investment, and diversify the tax base of our region.

The Alliance will continue to work with this company and many others to help them thrive and grow.

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