Illini Hi-Reach Opens Branch in South Bend

Illini Hi-Reach Inc., an equipment-rental company serving northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin, has opened a new branch in South Bend, Ind.

The new location expands Illini Hi-Reach’s footprint in Indiana, and connects easily with the company’s headquarters in Crown Point, Ind., which was opened in the fall of 2015.

The new 15,000-sq.-ft. facility at 850 Fellows St. in South Bend serves the Mishawaka/Elkhart market and surrounding area, including parts of southern Michigan. Like all other Illini Hi-Reach locations, it features JLG aerial work platforms and telehandlers.

Opened in July, the South Bend store is managed by Troy Farkas, a 20-year veteran of the equipment-rental industry.

Expansion into this market is part of Illini’s continuing growth strategy, and the South Bend location was established based on customer requests for the company to expand further into northern Indiana, according to Larry Workman, president/CEO.

“The South Bend branch increases Illini’s footprint as a growing and significant regional player in the midwestern U.S.,” said Workman. The company now has five locations throughout northern Illinois, Chicagoland, and northern Indiana.

“We are very pleased to now physically be in the growing South Bend market,” Workman added. “With significant customer demand and excellent opportunities now in front of us here, South Bend and its surrounding market area present an excellent long term position for Illini to be in.”