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Birch Turns 40, Achieves Federal DBE Certification

AGC member Birch Equipment headquartered in Bellingham kicked off its 40th Anniversary year by announcing it has received Federal DBE Certification under the US Department of Transportation’s DBE program.

According to records maintained by Washington State’s Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Birch Equipment is one of only two firms in the State of Washington with DBE Certification in the Construction Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers Industry (NAICS Code 423810) and the only company that provides such a wide range of equipment rental and sales options.

“DBE Certification allows Birch Equipment to participate in federally funded projects with both State and Federal DOTs” said Fleet Manager Jordan Mellich. “With DBE Certification Birch will be able to help contractors and government agencies meet mandatory participation rates established for working with small and disadvantaged businesses on federally funded projects.”

Birch Equipment first opened its doors in 1972 outlasted hostile take-over efforts in the mid-90s and continues to thrive despite the last few years of economic turmoil. Birch is the leading independently-owned equipment rental and sales company in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska with seasonal coverage from Western Alaska to Montana. In 2011 the company was ranked the 91st top rental firm nationally in a rental equipment pool of mostly internationally-owned companies.

To celebrate and thank customers Birch is offering a special 40% off selected one day rentals through the month of February.

Birch Equipment has operated with the same core management team for nearly two decades. Birch provides the largest depth of fleet well trained professionals and dependable 24-hour service. The company specializes in rentals for manufacturing government industrial marine and home improvement sectors. Birch’s inventories are 40000+ units strong including: earth moving aerial material handling heating welding power pumping lighting lawn garden and maintenance. Birch is a distributor for over twenty manufacturers including Genie Gehl and Husqvarna. Other services include customized computerized tool vans 24-hour service and customer portals.

A local owner with national expertise Birch Equipment is based in Bellingham WA with stores in Bellingham Anacortes and Mount Vernon Washington and Sitka Alaska. Birch is both DBE and WBENC certified.

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