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30 years and counting for warehouse equipment supplier

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Buy-Rite, which buys and sells new and used equipment for warehouses. Some of its employees: Standing, from left: Russ Futchko, Phil Jones, Joe Kovalick, Nate Newcomer, John Brown, Steve Meyer and Wayne Thompson. Seated are Lisa Harkins (left) and Leslie Gordon.

With a hands-on approach to customers and longtime, experienced sales staff, Buy-Rite Equipment Co. strives to set itself apart from others that sell new and used equipment for warehouses.

With a hands-on approach to customers and longtime, experienced sales staff, Buy-Rite Equipment Co. strives to set itself apart from others that sell new and used equipment for warehouses.

Now in its 30th year, the company wants to keep helping customers create an optimal space for shipping and storing products.

“We help customers with what’s the best way to store products, inventory, move goods,” said Steve Meyer, CEO. “We carry it through the sourcing and installation of that equipment.”

The business, which formed in 1986, started with an office on Sumner Avenue in Allentown, then moved to Schnecksville and finally to Whitehall Township in 2010, where its Lehigh Valley office sits off Eberhardt Road. The company, a buyer and seller of new and used handling equipment, has 10 employees.

Buy-Rite has another sales office in York and leases warehouse space in Reading, generating a wide reach across eastern and central Pennsylvania.

Meyer started with the company as a sales rep in 1987 covering York and Lancaster. Also starting then was Kevin Gordon, who still works for Buy-Rite as a purchasing and sales agent.

Meyer said he enjoys working in a business that allows him and his company to build relationships with manufacturers, meet people and help them solve their material handling problems.

“Every day is different; every day is a new challenge,” he said.

Gordon’s wife, Leslie, is the accounting manager. Meyer said many of the employees have been there 20 years or more.

Meyer and John Brown bought the business in 2012, and today it generates $2.5 million to $3 million in annual revenue and has about 1,200 customers, including some in the Pittsburgh area.

Brian Pedersen
Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108.

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