A GLANCE AT THE HISTORY OF WALKER MACHINERY
Cecil I. Walker and R.D. “Dusty” Rhodes – then owners of Rhodes-Walker Chevrolet in South Charleston, W.Va. – purchased the former Baldwin Machinery Company on July 12, 1950. With that purchase Walker Machinery Co. was born. With the start of construction of the West Virginia Turnpike, in 1951, and the Interstate program, in 1953, the new company did not have to wait long to begin tasting success. Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturer, awarded the company a dealership on June 8, 1953. In 1958 Walker and Rhodes bought each other out with Cecil Walker becoming sole owner of Walker Machinery.
After 59 years as a heavy equipment distributor, and 56 years as a dealer for Caterpillar, Inc., for western West Virginia and southeastern Ohio, the Walker Family decided to leave the business. Cecil I. Walker Machinery Co. and Walker Realty Co. were purchased by the Boyd Company, LLC, owner of Whayne Supply Co., the Caterpillar Dealer for Kentucky and southern Indiana. The company has been in business since 1913, and is headquartered in Louisville, KY.
The Boyd Company is owned by Monty L. Boyd, a former Caterpillar employee and associated with Whayne Supply, since 1984. It is the intention of the Boyd Company, LLC to continue to operate Walker Machinery “as is” and continue the name of Cecil I. Walker Machinery Co.
Walker Machinery Co., the Earthmoving Division, is responsible for Caterpillar sales in 25 West Virginia counties and eight Southeastern Ohio counties. The major markets served include coal, construction, forestry, engine and industry.
Walker Engine Power and Walker Express – The Cat Rental Store also play an important role in the success of Walker Machinery Co. Walker Engine Power is the division responsible for commercial engine sales, rental and service, CT660 vocational truck sales, as well as truck engine sales, parts and service. Walker Express is a full-line rental service division that meets the demands of the busy construction industry.
Walker Machinery believes that its employees are its greatest asset and takes a sincere interest in its people and their development. Walker also believes that the people in its organization can work together for their common good and for the common good of the company. The corporate purpose of Walker Machinery is to market products and services that represent a superior value to our customers. The company continually strives to improve these values, by effectively merchandising both quality products and exceptional customer service through industry leading product support, knowledge and parts availability. Eight convenient full service Branches, a dedicated Welding and Fabrication Shop, a Component Rebuild Center, a Hydraulic and Machine Shop, and two Undercarriage Rebuild Shops, are standing by to support your business. Walker has a long-term reputation for honesty and integrity in every aspect of its business.