Dean Machinery Co., a 53-year member of the Kansas City, MO, business community and recognized leader in Caterpillar equipment solutions, opened a new headquarters at 5701 E. 87th St. on Oct. 13. The 25-acre campus features two major buildings that provide more than 180,000 square feet of increased service bays, parts capacity and added state-of-the-art services. With more than three times the space of the old headquarters, these buildings enable Dean Machinery Co. to continue expanding its ability to provide sales, rental, parts, and service to diverse business segments, according to Lori Dean, president of Dean Machinery.
“We made a significant commitment to build this facility,” says Dean. “It's an important tool that was necessary to continue providing the best possible experience and most complete support resources to our customers.”
The main shop, which encompasses 27,000 square feet, can serve up to 18 large machines at once. It has an all-season climate management system with advanced contamination control to provide a consistent, maintained environment that supports quicker, longer lasting service repairs while providing a comfortable year-round working environment for service technicians. Also included is a 45,000-square-foot warehouse for parts and inside component storage.
The main building also accommodates a 25,000-square-foot specialization shop, which features an enclosed clean room for longer-lasting hydraulic repairs and improved response times. A second building behind the main shop houses the track press, welding and fabrication areas, and the machine shop. An additional 10 acres located just west of the current campus provides room for future growth.
The campus features the latest advances in sustainable technologies. The entire main facility is engineered as a closed environment, which means it's sealed from the outside climate for more efficient energy use. The building is designed to take maximum advantage of natural light, and motion detectors control lighting in many areas to reduce electrical usage. All possible materials are recycled, including paper, cardboard and plastics.
According to Dean Machinery, the campus takes advantage of an array on on-site renewable energy sources – including waste oil, which is used for heating – and every chemical and cleaner is environmentally friendly. Even the golf carts that help employees travel around the sizeable campus are electric instead of gas-powered.
Dean Machinery Co. employs more than 320 people at 11 locations in Missouri and Kansas, including the Kansas City metropolitan area, Chillicothe, Sedalia, St. Joseph, and Sunrise Beach, MO; and Elwood, KS. The 31st Street Dean Rental Store remains at its current location.