Starke Expands Dealer Network in Southwestern Ontario

February 28, 2019
Posted by: Justin Engel

Stärke Material Handling Group is excited to announce the additions of Hardy Service Ltd. and Koolmees Equipment as authorized distributors of the Stärke line of material handling equipment in Southern Ontario. With these additions, Stärke’s dealership network in Ontario grows to 17 locations with coverage across the province.

“Hardy Service Ltd. and Koolmees Equipment are great additions to Stärke’s network of independent dealerships. With highly qualified staff, knowledgeable ownership and a strong desire to grow their presence in the material handling industry, these additions help ensure the continued growth of the Stärke brand in Ontario and Canada in general,” comments Justin Engel, the head of marketing and dealer development at Stärke.

Located in Mount Brydges, ON, Hardy Service Ltd. is a full serve forklift dealership offering sales, rentals, service and parts throughout the London and Chatham-Kent areas. Owned and operated by the Hardy family for almost 30 years, Hardy Service Ltd. has grown from the founder, Al Hardy, working out of a single service van into a thriving business that just built a brand new 10,000 square foot facility. For forklift sales, rentals and service out of the London or Chatham-Kent areas, contact Hardy Service at 519-264-1666 or visit their website at

Koolmees Equipment, meanwhile, operates out of Norwich, ON, just south of Woodstock, ON, and acts primarily as an agricultural equipment distributor. Jack Koolmees, the owner and operator of the business, signed on with Stärke as he looks to expand into the material handling industry – a logical expansion given his market and current business. For forklift sales, rentals and service out of the Brantford or Woodstock areas, contact Koolmees Equipment at 519-468-3356 or visit their website at


Justin Engel

Justin Engel is the marketing specialist at Stärke Material Handling Group. In addition to content development, he also handles graphic and website design, SEO, PR and strategic planning.

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