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New venture starts in Greencastle

March 19, 1999

Pro-Aer EquipmentBy RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Partners William Palmer and Jeff Robinson will begin a new venture next month when they open Pro-Aer, an equipment sales, repair and rental business in a new 8,000 square-foot building under construction on Molly Pitcher Highway.

Palmer, 42, owns Palmer Construction Co. and Pro-Aer in McConnellsburg, Pa.

He teamed up with Robinson, 46, of Greencastle, to expand his equipment business. "Jeff is going to run it," he said.

Pro-Aer is a dealer for JLG aerial lifts, which will be sold, rented and repaired at the new company.

Robinson said other products will range from large equipment for constructon and earth moving to smaller tools such as concrete saws and jackhammers.

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Homeowners, too, will be able to rent some of the smaller equipment and contractor's tools, he said.

Palmer said he wanted to expand the company and believes his new location touching Interstate 81 just north of Exit 1 in State Line is ideal.

"You can't beat this location," he said.

A dozen people work in Pro-Aer's McConnellsburg plant. Another dozen will work in the new Greencastle building. More than 100 work for Palmer Construction Co., he said.

Robinson said the new company will have sales staffers on the road visiting construction sites to see if contractors might need to buy or rent equipment. There will also be an inside sales staff plus mechanics in the five-bay equipment repair shop.

The new building will have space for several offices and a reception area as well as a parts bin and counter.

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