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Pettibone Dealer Landmark Equipment Announces New Owners

Pettibone Dealer Landmark Equipment Announces New Owners

The former owner of Landmark Equipment, a long-time member of the Pettibone dealer network based in Portland, Oregon, has retired and sold the company to two of his employees.

Former owner Earl Rund and his partners established the dealership in 1984 under the name Parts Company Northwest, which became Landmark Equipment in 1993. The sole owner since 2006, Rund sold Landmark Equipment to long-term employees John Gunderson and Rick Nivens. Gunderson worked for 29 years at Landmark as a field technician and shop foreman, and Nivens worked 25 years as shop foreman and service manager.

Landmark Equipment serves material handling customers in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and northern California. The dealer has sold and serviced the Pettibone Cary-Lift product line for more than 30 years, and it now also carries Pettibone Extendo and Traverse telehandlers.

“It’s a pleasure for all of us at Pettibone to continue our amazing partnership with Landmark Equipment into the next generation of ownership,” said Kyle Rubin, director of sales and marketing for Pettibone. “Earl Rund has been a tremendous part of our dealer team for more than three decades, and we look forward to the next chapter at Landmark under John’s and Rick’s leadership.”

Landmark Equipment has been very successful with the Cary-Lift lineup, particularly with customers who move and stack items, such as coated pipe and treated wooden poles. Exclusively focused on Pettibone for new equipment sales, Landmark added the Extendo and Traverse telehandlers to its offering in 2016. The company also has a long history of refurbishing and supplying used Pettibone parts from decades-old machines.

“Rick and I, along with our many experienced team members, are very excited to continue the proud tradition of Landmark Equipment while providing a great product like Pettibone to the Northwest market,” Gunderson said. “We are extremely grateful to Earl for everything he’s done for Landmark. His love of talking with and helping customers, along with his vast knowledge of parts and equipment, has been a huge asset, and we wish him well in retirement.”

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