Atlas Copco welcomes its newest drilling equipment distributor, James River Equipment. The company, well-known as a heavy equipment supplier, will represent Atlas Copco in the Carolinas for blasthole rigs, other surface drilling rigs and equipment, and Secoroc rock drilling tools. In North Carolina, James River Equipment also will distribute Atlas Copco’s Dynapac compaction and paving equipment.

“This is a perfect match,” says Andrew Lee, district manager for Atlas Copco Construction & Mining. “James River actually has a lot of people with drill experience. I would say they already have about 100 years’ worth of drill experience in-house.”

Equipment covered by this new relationship includes surface crawlers such as Atlas Copco’s SmartROC, FlexiROC, and PowerROC surface rigs, the ROC L8 and the SmartRig F9C. James River Equipment also will sell and service Atlas Copco Secoroc rock drilling tools.

“I have to say,” says Lee, “that [James River Equipment] is one of the most customer-focused companies out there anywhere. In fact, even though I knew them by reputation, they have not ceased to amaze me with the intensity of their commitment to quality and customer service in the time that I’ve been working with them.”

Terry Thomas, general manager of James River Equipment, comments on the new business relationship: “We are very excited to have the Atlas Copco line; it’s a great addition to our product portfolio. It complements the growth we’ve enjoyed in other industries such as aggregates. They’ve been a great bunch of people to work with, too. We look forward to a long and profitable future together.”

James River Equipment, headquartered in Ashland, Va., has 25 locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.