Ahern Deutschland to Sell, Service Snorkel Products in Germany | Construction News

Snorkel has announced that its products will be sold and serviced in Germany and Austria by Ahern Deutschland, a new direct sales and service operation.  

The new entity, Ahern Deutschland GmbH, is part of the Ahern International division, which also includes Ahern Australia, Ahern Japan, and Ahern Canada.

The Ahern International operations are solely focused on regional equipment distribution, supporting customers in the rental industry and end user sectors. They do not offer equipment rental.

Ahern Deutschland will provide nationwide sales and service for Snorkel aerial work platforms and Xtreme Manufacturing telehandlers.

The company will be based between Cologne and Frankfurt, in the Germany's Westerwald-Rhein/Sieg area, where the company plans to open an 18,000-sq.-m. (190,000-sq.-ft.) facility later this year. The facility will incorporate a showroom, office, training space, a fully equipped workshop, a spare-parts warehouse, and a yard for stock machines.

Ahern Deutschland will be led by Bernhard Kahn who joins the company as general manager. Kahn has more than 20 years of experience in the aerial lift industry, starting his career as an independent service technician in the 1990s.

Following training to become an electrical engineering technician and his achievement of a Master Craftsman’s Diploma, he moved into the distribution of aerial work platforms in 1997 and joined Genie in 2000, where he later successfully led the company’s sales operations in German-speaking countries.

Ahern Deutschland will initially employ eight staff. 

To support customers effectively, Ahern Deutschland will hold a large stock of machines and spare parts at its facility, which will be available for fast delivery to customers in the German mainland and surrounding regions. The company will also have a network of mobile service engineers who provide nationwide coverage for technical support, troubleshooting, and product training.

Ahern Deutschland will be officially launched at Platformers’ Days, which takes place in Hohenroda, Germany on 11th & 12th September 2015.

Don Ahern, owner of Ahern Deutschland GmbH said “The German equipment market is significant both in terms of units and value, but also in terms of geography.  To effectively support a market of this size requires investment in a direct operation.  Ahern Deutschland was the natural next step for us as we grow our business, and we are looking forward to developing relationships with customers across Germany.  Our new facility is also well placed to better support our existing distributors and customers across Southern and Eastern Europe with the supply of equipment and spare parts.”

Bernhard Kahn added, “I have rarely experienced such a motivated team, but under Don Ahern’s lead and ownership, it feels like Snorkel and Xtreme are experiencing a veritable second spring. I am grateful and excited to be appointed as General Manager of Ahern Deutschland.  My goal is to provide our customers with high quality products, backed with the best customer service and fast after-sales support.”

Ahern Deutschland will handle all Snorkel sales in Germany and Austria, supported by existing Snorkel distribution partners and resellers in the region as appropriate.

Ahern Deutschland can be contacted on +49 2682 96766-8 or via e-mail at info@aherndeutschland.de. A website is currently under development at www.aherndeutschland.de.