Vann Wilford becomes the owner of Vesco Material Handling Equipment Inc. with the goal of providing the best customer service in the material handling industry. Vann assembled a team of people with similar goals and industry experience to move the company forward. This picture shows construction of the High Point facility in 1978 with Vann Williford holding his son Jay Williford.
Vesco Material Handling Equipment Inc. committed to the Virginia market with facility expansion in the Bassett, Virginia area. Southern Virginia was thriving as industry leading manufacturers from textile, tobacco, and furniture owned manufacturing and distribution centers in the area.
Industrial growth began in the Eastern North Carolina area stretching from the South Carolina line to Morehead. The decision was made to expand to Wilmington, NC to service the eastern NC countries. Offering customers increased productivity through products and services offered by Vesco.
Atlantic Coast ToyotaLift became our official name as the decision was made for Vesco Material Handling Equipment Inc. to doing business as Atlantic Coast ToyotaLift. The name change allowed the company to leverage one of the most recognized names in the world, Toyota, as well as better describe our geographical presence and markets served. With market areas in North Carolina and Virginia and with a presence on the coast, the name came easy and the rest is history.
Expansion continues in the Virginia market as ACT adds another facility, this time in Roanoke, Virginia. The physical location is on the north side of Roanoke and offers preferred access to customers and the interstate to reduce travel times. The small geographically sized county of Roanoke accounts for 55% of the Virginia market for ACT.
The corporate office for ACT moves from High Point to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The move actually occurs during the long weekend of July 4, 2006. The new facility provides additional shop space, warehouse space and parts storage areas.
ACT Construction Equipment is formed in late 2008 with the goal of creating additional opportunities for growth for ACT in the construction equipment market. Major lines that fall into the Construction Division are; JLG, Aichi, Manitou and Takeuchi, providing the product for the demand in Track Loaders, Excavators, Telehandlers, Scissor Lifts, Boom Lifts and Rough Terrain equipment.