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Burke Equipment marks first year in Delmar

Strong customer service key to company's growth
By Molly MacMillan | Jan 28, 2013
Photo by: Molly MacMillan Delaware officials join employees of Burke Equipment to celebrate their first year at the Delmar location. shown in the photo are (l-r) Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips; Michael Vincent, president of Sussex County Council; Gov. Jack Markell; Burke Equipment owners Mark and Cece Babbitt; U.S.Sen. Tom Carper; Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office; Missy Wagner, chief financial officer, Burke Equipment; and Chris Wagner, general manager, Burke Equipment, Delmar.

At Burke Equipment Company’s newest sales floor and showroom in Delmar, Gov. Jack Markell took a look around and declared the company’s growth and expansion a Delaware business success story.

"Anytime we have a Delaware company that's expanding, we need to celebrate those successes," Markell said. "There's more than 30 employees here, that's 30 families with a better future than they would have otherwise."

Members of Sussex County Council and other state officials joined Mark and Cece Babbitt, owners of Burke Equipment, as they celebrated a successful first year of the company’s expansion to Delmar. The company also has Newark and Felton locations.

"It's hard to believe this was just a small single store in Camden in 1949," said Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. "There is a quality of service here that is unparalleled anywhere else in our state."

The company offers a wide range of outdoor equipment such as tractors, loaders, excavators, trimmers and blowers along with the parts and a strong service department to keep those investments running through all seasons. According to the company website, Burke is one of the top Kubota dealers in the country, and among the largest on the Delmarva Peninsula.

With financing and pre-owned and rental equipment available, the business has expanded to fill a need in the state, Levin said.

Congratulating Burke Equipment on its record of customer service, Markell and Levin were joined by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who recalled the success of a small business in his family also built on strong customer service.

But without the help of staff of loyal and devoted employees, Mark Babbitt said, the continued success would not have been possible.

"We have a great company and we have hardworking, dedicated employees," Babbitt said. "One of the mottos is whatever you gotta do, you gotta do it to get the job done."

For more information, contact Burke Equipment Company in Delmar at 302-248-7070.

Councilman Vance Phillips (l-r) presents Cece and Mark Babbitt with a proclamation from Sussex County Council, to honor the business in Delmar. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Some of the heavy-duty outdoor equipment available at the newest Burke Equipment in Delmar. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Still more of the merchandise at Burke Equipment in Delmar. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
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