Wilkins Harley Davidson2018-11-19T20:00:53+00:00

Project Description

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.

“Over my 22 years of work in this industry, this is one of the best projects I’ve had the pleasure of be involved in. The constant communication and the desire to keep us informed throughout the entire process along with the flexibility to accommodate change orders while still keeping our project on schedule is why I wouldn’t hesitate to hire Bode again and again.”

Doug Devers
Warehouse Operations Leader, Hypertherm

“I’ve worked with Bode on numerous projects over the years and I can honestly say they have never told me they couldn’t handle a job.”

Project Engineer
Coca Cola of New England

“Our experience with Bode Equipment Company is that they are a professional, responsive and well managed firm that has always met or exceeded our expectations.”

Mark A. Carroll
VP Manufacturing

“Over the past several years we’ve called on Bode not only for installation and design projects, but also for preventative and corrective maintenance services.”

Supervisor of PSNH

“Bode presented a professional bid that encompassed everything we needed to complete the loading docks for the new facility…Their ability to provide a total solution, combined with their extensive experience and reasonable prices, made them the obvious choice for the job”

Paul Kelley
Sullivan Construction Superintendent

“Time and again Bode proves itself to be a soup-to-nuts first class company…We couldn’t be happier with the solutions Wildeck and Bode provided.”

Gerry Couture
General Manager, Baker Distributing

“The Bode team met every deadline and provided excellent service and product. We’re very pleased with the result and have already contracted with them for another project at one of our Massachusetts locations.”

Ryan Denver
Vice President and Chief of Operations

“From design and fabrication to installation, Bode provided everything we needed to make this transition a success. I know that when it comes to quality service, quick response and attention to detail I can always count on Bode.”

Doug Devers
Warehouse Operations Leader, Hypertherm

“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

“The communication and coordination on this project was outstanding. The Bode team not only provided regular updates on the progress of each install, they worked in such a professional and unobtrusive manner, never impeding the day-to-day work in any of our facilities. I have complete confidence in the knowledge and abilities of the Bode team. For anything material handling or warehouse related, Bode is where I go.”

Blair Gourley
Director of Facilities

“From the very beginning of the project, I was impressed by the Bode team…The president of the company himself came out to the project site to assess what was needed and put together an installation plan that fit seamlessly within the overall scope of construction.”

Paul Kelley
Sullivan Construction Superintendent

“We appreciated Mike’s candor and responsiveness throughout the entire process. The entire Bode team was very honest and did great work with no surprises. I would happily work with them again.”

Marc Wulfraat
MWPVL International

“The success of the garage door project was key to our decision to engage Bode for this more complex installation.”

Kathy Solomon
The First Church of Christ, Scientist

“I can’t say enough about the responsiveness and consistent attention to quality from everyone at Bode”

Kathy Solomon
The First Church of Christ, Scientist

“PSNH has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Bode Equipment”

Supervisor of PSNH

“I’ve worked with Bode on numerous projects over the years and I can honestly say they have never told me they couldn’t handle a job.”

Project Engineer
Coca Cola of New England

“When it came to accommodating this consolidation, Bode was at the top of my list.”

Project Engineer
Coca Cola of New England

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