Brown, President |
Service Company is a family business, started in 1948 when my dad,
Cliff Brown, purchased a warehouse full of surplus parts. His dad
and their new partner Bailey Wyers had extensive Caterpillar
experience, so they immediately sold off the CAT parts. The other
lines-- especially cranes--formed the core of what became one of
the country's best-known surplus crane parts companies.
Dad's right-hand man, Ralph Hurd, started dismantling CSC's cranes
in 1962 at our old yard and WWII warehouse in Riverside. I had
grown up in the business and went to work full time for Dad in
1963, except for 3 1/2 years in the Navy during Viet Nam. In those
days, we distributed crane parts, excavation supplies, including
teeth, wire rope, and accessories. After Dad's death in 1969, I
became CSC's president.
Together with Jerry South, we formed a sister company in Eugene,
Oregon in 1970, called Emerald West Equipment Parts. I moved north
with my wife and kids, and General Manager Jess Wright held down
the fort at CSC's Riverside headquarters. Our focus moved away
from crane and shovel lines - except for P&H, which is still a
specialty. Both stores added Clark parts to their inventory and
expertise, selling parts for loaders, skidders, cranes, and
minescoops, with Dave Bonine and Jim Perry leading the
CSC moved headquarters to our beautiful new location in the late
1980s, including offices, shop, yard, our new teardown shop, and a
24,000-square-foot warehouse building. I sold out of Emerald West
and brought on a bright new employee: Bill
Schaffer, the husband of my niece Cynthia, and future
president of CSC.
The nineties saw CSC expanding. We sold our Clark parts business
to Associated Crane, and began developing North America's finest
Japanese and Korean excavator parts service, with extensive Asian
sources and the largest inventory of final drives on the
continent. We also started a Mexican location to distribute Clark
parts from CSC-Mexico's warehouse in Querétaro, managed by
Juan Manuel Gutierrez, and opened a new warehouse in
In 1996, Bill Schaffer became president of CSC, and I became
chairman. Tragedy struck June 6, 2001, when Bill was killed at age
37, riding his beloved Harley. We all miss him very much. I took
the helm again, working with Dave Bonine, Danny Graham, Marc Bien,
Sue Murawski, and Cynthia Beltran and our other great employees to
develop Contractors Service Company.
The latest news is our proud partnership with H&R Parts of
Buffalo, New York. H&R has purchased CSC's entire excavator and
mini-excavator business, forming H&R West in Riverside,
California, and employing some of CSC's finest staff. I am now
working both with H&R and with CSC, and look forward to retiring
in the upcoming years as we liquidate our remaining inventory.
Contractors Service Company has been a wonderful business for
nearly 60 years, and we're dedicated to upholding our tradition.
We thank you, our dealers, customers, and
friends, for being part of it.