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Darr Equipment featured in Dallas Business Journal

Robert Engstrom

From the Dallas Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/new...

This 9-figure DFW company's ambitious growth plan — double in 5 years

Aug 9, 2017, 2:33pm CDT

When you're a kid, heavy machinery is pretty awesome.

That's part of the reason why Robert Engstrom, president of Darr Equipment, knew he wanted to work in the family business from a young age. His great grandfather founded the company in 1954 and Engstrom, 40, is the fourth generation to lead the firm.

"I always had aspirations of working for my dad, he was my hero," Engstrom said. "I never really wanted to do anything else."

Dallas-based Darr Equipment is an industrial equipment supplier that represents brands like Caterpillar, LiftKing, Mitsubishi, Kalmar and Jungheinrich. Darr also services the equipment, and that's the aspect Engstrom thinks separates himself from competition.

Engstrom declined to share a specific revenue figure, but did give a range of $100-$200 million annually. He wants to make his own bold stamp on the company — double revenue in just five years.

"Which is ambitious," Engstrom admitted, "and not achievable without more acquisitions."

Darr Equipment's last acquisition in 2014 of Houston-based Adobe Equipment essentially doubled the size of the company, Engstrom said, and Darr Equipment has been digesting the move ever since.

The company's current footprint is 15 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. It employs 500, with 200 of those being in North Texas.

To share his strategy for growth and the industry, Engstrom sat down with the Dallas Business Journal.

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Darr Equipment helps unveil Great Texas Balloon Race statue

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

The Great Texas Balloon Race weekend officially kicked off on Thursday night with a dinner, and a statue unveiling.

The pilots' dinner was held on the grounds of East Texas Regional Airport. The event included the unveiling of a statue that will eventually find a home in a Longview park.  The-ten foot-tall steel balloon was painted by artist Carmen Gadt. The statue is a joint project between the balloon race board and the City of Longview's Art From the Heart program.

The statue will be moved to a park under construction at the corner of Highway 31 and Spur 63 called "The Green."  The first competition flight for the Great Texas Balloon Race starts bright and early Friday at 6:30 a.m.

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Darr Wins 20th UCA President's Club Award

CHICAGO – September 2016 – UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) announced the winners of its President’s Club Awards, formerly known as The Nissan Nine Awards.

The President’s Club Awards recognize the top ten UCA dealers throughout the Americas. The President’s Club winners set the standard to which all dealers representing UCA brand products aspire. They create a culture of reliability and professionalism within their organizations, and reflect UCA’s core values.

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