Wilkins Harley Davidson, Barre, Vermont

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Wilkins Harley-Davidson is the leading Harley-Davidson dealership in New England. Employing over 20 full-time staff and numerous part-time team members, this 67 year old family business has experienced substantial growth over the past decade. With this growth came space constraints for staff, inventory and seasonal storage.

In August 2014, Wilkins contracted Bode Equipment to renovate a facility they’d recently purchased to accommodate the increasing demand for seasonal motorcycle storage. With winter just around the corner, time was short. They needed a company that could get the work done fast and done well.

“Bode has an excellent reputation in the power sports industry,” comments Wilkins owner, John Lyon. “They were the logical choice for the project.”  The Bode team designed and installed a custom, structural steel mezzanine to take advantage of the building’s ample vertical space. Since the building was built on a slab and couldn’t accommodate a pit for a standard lift, a low-profile vertical reciprocating conveyor was added to safely move the vehicles up and down. OSHA approved and operable by a single person, the lift made moving the cycles safe and efficient. It was also outfitted with an anti-crush sensor to protect the valuable loads. To make moving vehicles in and out of the building easier, the existing sectional doors were replaced with a remote controlled, insulated steel roll-up door.

Once the project was finished, the building gained an additional 40 storage spaces that were all easily accessible. The entire installation was completed in less than two weeks, leaving plenty of time to accommodate the seasonal demand.

“The Bode team was great at keeping us up to date on the project, anticipating potential issues and resolving them proactively,” adds Lyon. “They always made me feel confident that the project would be done right, on time and on budget.”

 

Project Overview

Located in South Barre, VT, Wilkins Harley-Davidson is the leading Harley Davidson dealership in New England. Family owned and operated for over 60 years, Wilkins Harley-Davidson has been ranked as one of the top 7 dealers in the entire United States for customer service, Number 1 in Vermont and Number 1 in New England.

To accommodate growing demand for seasonal vehicle storage, Bode added 40 storage spaces to a newly acquired building. The project involved the design and installation of a custom mezzanine outfitted with a low-profile vertical reciprocating conveyor and the installation of a remote-controlled insulated steel roll-up door.

“Bode has an excellent reputation in the power sports industry. They were the logical choice for the project. The Bode team was great at keeping us up to date on the project, anticipating potential issues and resolving them proactively. They always made me feel confident that the project would be done right, on time and on budget.”
John Lyon
General Manager - Co-Owner