LITTLE ROCK — Little Rock-based Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., one of the largest material handling companies in the Midwest and mid-South, announced Sunday the acquisition of Oklahoma City-based Westquip Inc., a full-line material handling dealership.

As a result of the acquisition, Hugg & Hall Equipment now provides material and personnel handling products and services for the industrial and construction markets with 14 locations in five states, the company said.

"The alliance with Westquip, a leader in Oklahoma material handling, will provide a vital link to better serve our expanding customer base in this region," said John Hugg, president of Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. "This dealership addition strengthens Hugg & Hall’s commitment to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction for the markets we serve in Arkansas, Louisiana, East Texas, southern Missouri and now Oklahoma."

"It is exciting to join Westquip, Inc., and we look forward to continuing to enthusiastically support our customers’ material handling needs with high-quality products and services, delivered on time at a fair price," Robert Hall, vice president at Hugg & Hall, added.

Westquip, a Toyota industrial equipment dealer for Toyota forklifts in central and western Oklahoma, sells new and used equipment and offers the largest selection of rental forklifts in Oklahoma.

Westquip has 25 factory-trained service technicians and fully equipped service trucks stocked with parts and tools for all makes of industrial equipment. In addition, Westquip sells forklifts for special applications from other manufacturers, such as Hoist, Sellick, Combilift and Mariotti.

The company, founded by Fred Stanley and Bob Gilson, recently celebrated 30 years in business.

"Westquip’s valued customers will see a seamless transfer of quality support," Stanley said. "The success and growth of Westquip could not have been possible without the support of our customers and the outstanding, talented and dedicated team of associates who will remain with the dealership. Westquip’s pursuit of excellence in products, leadership, and customer service will continue through Hugg & Hall Equipment Co."

Hugg & Hall Equipment is family owned and has operated since 1956. The company is an authorized dealer for Toyota forklifts as well as other leading manufacturers, including Volvo, Bobcat, Crown, Genie, SkyJack, JLG, Baldor, GNB, Manitou, Makita, Sullair, Hoist, SkyTrak, Capacity, and Doosan.