Lexington, KY-December 3, 2009– CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed G&W Equipment as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the Greenville, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia markets. G&W is a full service material handling Dealer, featuring full sales and service departments, a rental fleet, an aftermarket parts department as well as a full offering of allied products.

“The appointment of G&W as an authorized CLARK dealer in these two markets is significant for CLARK, said Scott Johnson, Director of Dealer Services for CLARK. “Since becoming a member of the CLARK family of distributors in 2006, G&W has done an excellent job of focusing its sales efforts on CLARK new equipment and aftermarket parts. Their contribution to CLARK’s continuing success in the Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC and Columbia, SC APRs is a tribute to Sabbagh’s family work ethic and their knowledge of our business. When the opportunity came for G&W to purchase Piedmont Forklift in Greenville and Augusta we were thrilled. Jerry Prince and Calvin Bostic have built a solid CLARK business in Greenville. Piedmont’s commitment to the CLARK brand since 1952 must be recognized for its remarkable longevity and its accomplishments. We wish to formally thank Jerry and Calvin for their efforts over the decades they have been part of the CLARK family. We anticipate that G&W will combine the best elements of both dealerships to create a regional material handling powerhouse.”

President Michael Sabbagh stated that G & W Equipment will base its South Carolina operations out of the current Piedmont Forklift facility in Greenville and use it to grow the combined business. The Greenville, SC facility will operate under the name of G&W Piedmont Forklift. Jeff Bradley is the new Branch Manager. All employees of Piedmont Forklift will transfer to G & W Piedmont Forklift. Their phone number also remains the same, (864) 297-1330.

An industry leader since it invented the first material handling truck in 1917, CLARK has built more than one million forklifts during its more than 100 years of business. CLARK supplies a full line of electric and internal combustion forklifts, manual pallet jacks, powered pallet jacks and narrow aisle forklifts. CLARK products are distributed and supported through a network of over 550 dealer locations worldwide.

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