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Southern Hospitality, Briggs & LiftOne to open doors in Southeast US as new Hyster dealers

Starting 1st May 2012, Briggs Equipment and LiftOne will open their doors as authorized Hyster® lift truck dealers in Atlanta and Charlotte, respectively. This follows a late January announcement where Barloworld announced that it had executed letters of interest regarding the sale of its US assets to Briggs and LiftOne pending a due diligence process.

The additions make both Briggs and LiftOne two of the largest Hyster dealers in the United States, both responsible for the majority of the southeastern United States. Briggs’ territory to sell and service Hyster® brand lift trucks includes Florida, Arkansas and Atlanta, and portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. LiftOne will be responsible for portions of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

"Briggs is excited to expand both its footprint and product offering in the United States with the addition of the Hyster brand," said Mike Winemiller, President of Briggs International. "The growth of our materials handing business brings more opportunities to our employees and better service to our customers. This acquisition provides our customers with more product options and quicker response times."

"With the change to Hyster products, LiftOne’s focus on being our customers’ ‘trusted partner’ for their parts and service solutions remains unchanged," said Edward Weisiger, Jr., CEO of Carolina Tractor, the parent company of LiftOne. "Our award winning service staff of more than 350 highly-trained technicians will be able to service all brands of material handling equipment for our customers. LiftOne will continue to provide our customers with equipment solutions to help them increase efficiency and support their operations. We are committed to exceeding customer expectations for quality, dependability and responsiveness."

"We are confident Hyster products, combined with Briggs’ and LiftOne’s sales and service support, will deliver excellent customer satisfaction," said Jonathan Dawley, President of Hyster Distribution. "We look forward to maintaining our long relationship with current Hyster customers, as well as developing a solid relationship with new customers."

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