Modern Machinery Expands Upon Its Current Astec Industries Product Offering to Include The Roadtec and Peterson Corp lines

January 1, 2021 – Missoula, MT – Modern Machinery Co., Inc, is pleased to announce the companywide representation of the Roadtec and Peterson Corp. product lines. Both brands are known globally as industry leaders and will perfectly compliment Modern Machinery’s already extensive offering of world class construction equipment. The strengthened partnership with Astec Industries provides customers with access to new, used, and rental equipment, along with an exceptional commitment to product support, throughout the entire Pacific Northwest region.

“Modern Machinery has always strived to achieve the iconic vision set forth by Dr. Don Brock to meet our customer’s needs from rock-to-road. Our newly expanded partnership with Astec Industries provides us with the products necessary to achieve that vision. We’ve been fortunate enough to represent Astec Industries’ world class products for over 30 years and we look forward to our next 30 years of successful partnership.” – Jeff Schwarz, President – Modern Machinery

“I’m excited about today’s announcement to expand Astec’s relationship and offering with Modern Machinery through their representation of the Roadtec and Peterson product lines in the Pacific Northwest.  With over seventy-six years of operation, Modern Machinery has extensive market expertise and is known for their excellent product support.  We look forward to building off our past and working together to deliver even greater value to our customers.” – Tim Averkamp, President – Astec Industries Construction Machinery Solutions (CMS)

Modern Machinery Co., Inc., offers high quality heavy equipment and provides exceptional product support to the construction, mining, and forestry industries.  Modern Machinery was founded in 1944 with a single location in Spokane, Washington. Today the company operates 11 full-service branches in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Modern Machinery represents product lines from Komatsu, Komatsu Forestry, Dynapac, Sennebogen, TimberPro, Carlson, KPI-JCI, Telsmith, Astec Mobile Screens, Epiroc, Stanley Infrastructure, LeeBoy, Allied Construction Products, Madill, and Spomac.

To learn more about Modern Machinery visit: www.modernmachinery.com.

Astec Industries, Inc., is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production. Astec’s manufacturing operations are divided into two primary business segments: Infrastructure Solutions that includes road building, asphalt and concrete plant, thermal and storage solutions; and Materials Solutions that include our aggregate processing equipment.

To learn more about Astec Industries visit: www.astecindustries.com

Expansion of The Dynapac Footprint

Modern Machinery is pleased to announce the expansion of the Dynapac footprint into Northern Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. This expands our current footprint from Montana and Idaho to cover all the Modern Machinery trade area. The offering includes all of Dynapac’s soil and asphalt compaction products as well as their pavers and other highway products.

The Dynapac line has a long and established history in the Pacific Northwest and is well respected and appreciated by our customer base.  Modern Machinery is very excited to represent the product and are confident that, with the amazing product support of the Modern Machinery team, it will be a tremendous success.

Modern Machinery names Jeff Schwarz as new president

Jeff SchwartzIndustry veteran Jeff Schwarz will become the new President of Modern Machinery as of November 30, 2020. Most recently, Jeff was Group President of Materials Solutions at Astec Industries, Inc., in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He and his family look forward to relocating back to the Pacific Northwest.

Jeff started his career in 1995 with Rinker Materials of Vancouver, Washington, moving from Aggregate Materials Manager through progressively responsible positions to end as a District Manager in 2008. He then served as General Manager with Balzer Pacific Equipment and as Aggregates Manager of Kerr Contractors before starting with a division of Astec Industries in 2014. Jeff’s involvement in various industry organizations includes serving on the finance committee of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and as a past President of the Asphalt Paving Association of Oregon. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Portland State University.

We want to thank Lamont Cantrell for stepping into the President position earlier this year to guide a thoughtful transition. Lamont has been an impactful leader at Modern for nearly two decades. His commitment, energy, and reputation have influenced the company’s position as an industry leader.

Washington Companies President and CEO Larry Simkins commented, “We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff’s caliber and experience to carry on the excellent reputation and customer focus established at Modern Machinery for over 76 years. Lamont’s unselfish loyalty to Modern’s employees and customers is reinforced by his generous contribution to a new chapter at Modern Machinery under Jeff’s leadership.”

We welcome Jeff to Modern Machinery and the Washington Companies.

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Modern Machinery Co., Inc. names Chief Operating Officer Lamont Cantrell as President

Effective immediately, Modern Machinery Co., Inc. (“Modern Machinery”) has appointed Lamont Cantrell as President. Lamont joined the company in 2003.

Lamont CantrellLamont is well-known and highly respected in the heavy equipment industry. He has played a key role in building Modern Machinery into a sales and service leader. Director Larry Simkins said “Modern has been fortunate to have Lamont’s leadership, energy and passion for nearly two decades. This opportunity for Lamont to lead at the highest level of the company is a testament to his commitment to the company. We look forward to working closely with Lamont.”

Lamont began his career in construction and mining in 1978, when he started with the newly-formed Komatsu America as District Manager over Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Northeastern US. In 1987, he moved to the retail side of the industry as Construction and Mining Group Sales Manager for Anderson Equipment Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He continued moving west in 1997, taking the position of General Manager for Roland Machinery, based in Chicago, IL. In 2003, Lamont joined Modern Machinery Company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which he held until his 2018 move to the role of Chief Operating Officer – US Operations.

Lamont replaces Mark Fallon, who has been President of Modern Machinery since 2018. Mark, who also served as President of another Washington Company, Envirocon, Inc., is leaving to pursue an opportunity in the construction industry. We appreciate Mark’s leadership and guidance during his time at Modern Machinery and Envirocon.

What we’re doing to protect our customers during the COVID-19 epidemic

We continue to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and from local health departments near each of our facilities. Our aim is to implement sensible precautions that reduce the risk of illness and reduce the risk of disruptions to our customers.

Our highest priority now and always is to protect the health, wellness and safety of all employees and customers.

  • We are suspending all non-essential travel until further notice. “Travel” is defined as air travel or overnight travel outside of the normal course of duty. We are not referring to Territory Sales Reps or Field Technicians traveling locally in their routine duties. Our customers should still expect their normal service from their local Modern Machinery representatives.
  • We are limiting non-customer visits to our facilities and ensuring that employees that don’t feel well stay home.
  • Ours is a people business. Our people doing business with our customers. The CDC advises that the primary route of exposure to COVID-19 is from close person-to-person contact. Employees are encouraged to socially distance themselves when possible. Shaking hands is also strongly discouraged at this time, especially at large gatherings.
  • We are suspending participation in industry and professional events that involve a gathering of more than 25 people until further notice.
  • At the same time, we are also increasing the utilization of technology to serve customers in ways that reduce the risks of potential infection or disruptions.
  • In an effort to ensure ongoing responsiveness to our customers we are implementing a staggered schedule in our branch locations for parts and service coverage. This ensures that in the event of any exposure to the virus at the branch, we will have some employees working remotely continuing service to customers.
  • We encourage you to communicate with our Parts, Service and Sales teams via email, or telephone. See our directory of all branch locations and phone numbers.
  • You can also order parts via https://mykomatsu.komatsu. If you have any trouble accessing this site please email MyKomatsu@modernmachinery.com We have a team of Modern employees assigned to monitor this site and assist with any log on problems.
  • We are working with national and regional medical cleaning contractors to ensure that if an exposure at a branch were to occur, we have resources in place to properly disinfect the facility.
  • We are taking these actions and many more to try to keep employees and customers healthy and to maintain our extremely high standards for customer service. We will post updates periodically on our web site.

Modern Machinery adds DC Equipment to forestry product line

Modern Machinery is now the exclusive Dealer for DC Equipment/Falcon Forestry Equipment (FFE).

DC Equipment design and manufacture a range of mechanised steep slope logging equipment that significantly reduces the health and safety risk to workers whilst at the same time increasing the overall efficiency and productivity of crews. This is achieved through their development of specific equipment that removes workers from the riskiest parts of the logging process, while maintaining the ability to safely fell and extract logs from steep slopes efficiently and in great volume. Their main product lines include the Falcon Winch Assist, Falcon Grapple Camera, Falcon Claw 1250 and the Falcon 60 Tower Yarder.

This new addition fits well with our existing Forestry lines of Komatsu Forest, Madill, TimberPro, Quadco and Burks and further strengthens are ability to serve our customers in the Forestry industry.

About Modern Machinery

Modern Machinery, one of the largest Komatsu dealers in North America, has been selling and servicing heavy machinery since 1944. As the exclusive dealer for Komatsu in the Pacific Northwest, the company employs 380 plus workers in eleven locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho plus over 300 employees in two locations in Russia. Modern Machinery also carries equipment from Atlas Copco, Kolberg-Pioneer and JCI, Wirtgen, Hamm, Vogele, Sennebogen, Carlson, Leeboy, Madill, TimberPro, Komatsu Forestry, Spomac, Morooka, Cummins, as well as accessories from Stanley/LaBounty, Allied, Esco, JRB, Fleetguard, Hensley and others. To find a local office, call the company at 800-332-1617 or visit their Web Site at www.modernmachinery.com.

Public Relations Contact Info

Jeff Schwarz
406-546-5083

Modern Machinery Increases its KPI/JCI Territory Coverage

Modern Machinery is pleased to announce that we have added Southern Idaho to our KPI/JCI market area. We are now the consolidated KPI / JCI / Astec Mobile Screens dealer for Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.

With our territory expansion of Kolberg-Pioneer, Johnson Crushers International, and Astec Mobile Screens, Modern Machinery is positioned to offer our customers the most comprehensive full line of portable and stationary crushers, screen plants, feeders and conveying equipment and services in the aggregate, mining and paving industries.

About Modern Machinery
Modern Machinery, one of the largest Komatsu dealers in North America, has been selling and servicing heavy machinery since 1944. As the exclusive dealer for Komatsu in the Pacific Northwest, the company employs 380 plus workers in eleven locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho plus over 300 employees in two locations in Russia. Modern Machinery also carries equipment from Atlas Copco, Kolberg-Pioneer and JCI, Wirtgen, Hamm, Vogele, Sennebogen, Carlson, Leeboy, Madill, TimberPro, Komatsu Forestry, Spomac, Morooka, Cummins, as well as accessories from Stanley/LaBounty, Allied, Esco, JRB, Fleetguard, Hensley and others. To find a local office, call the company at 800-332-1617 or visit their Web Site at www.modernmachinery.com.

Public Relations Contact Info
Jeff Schwarz
406-546-5083

Modern has a new Particle Counter in its Oil Lab

Benefits of Particle Counting:

  • Verifies filter performance, filter selection, and optimum filter change point;
  • Confirms target and fuel oil cleanliness levels are achieved;
  • Providess reliable component protection and monitoring such as verifying bearing condition, shaft seals, pump condition and new machine break in;
  • Troubleshoots and isolates problems, and confirms corrective maintenance such as detecting high corrosion or abraisive wear.

HIAC™ liquid particle counters are specifically designed to meet the needs of oil analysis for heavy equipment. HIAC liquid particle counters are the industry standard for particulate oil analysis, exceeding ISO standards for accuracy and reliability.