History

Since 1946

Closner Equipment Co. Inc. is an authorized Texas dealer of construction equipment used in stabilization, reclamation, asphalt paving, compaction and concrete work. Operating continuously since 1946, with 3 generations of family leadership.

The Early Years

The company was founded in 1946 by brothers J.J. (Jack) Closner and George W. Closner. It was originally named Engineered Sales and represented Barber-Greene Co. and Noble Concrete Plants. Revenues were low in the early years due to the factory backlogs after World War II. The Barber-Greene line provided most of the business with sales of bucket loaders, vertical boom ditchers, conveyor systems and continuous mix asphalt plants.

In 1952, the name was changed to Closner Equipment Co. and we entered the aggregate field by representing crusher and screen manufacturers. This was followed by Childers Manufacturing, an early producer of hot oil heaters. We pioneered the use of these hot oil heaters in Texas as a replacement for the steam boilers used to heat liquid asphalt.

The 60s & 70s

In 1960, Smith Engineering Works (now the Telsmith Div. of Astec Industries) merged with Barber-Greene and we began selling their wide range of aggregate processing equipment throughout Texas, especially cone crushers.

In the late 1960′s and the early 1970′s, Closner Equipment installed the first automatic screed control systems used on asphalt pavers in Texas. We also led Texas contractors in making the switch to drum mix plants in the 1970′s.

The 80s & 90s

GOMACO Corporation selected us as their dealer in the late 1980′s. Gomaco’s full line of concrete slipform pavers, placers, curing equipment, curb machines, and bridge-deck finishers was perfect fit with our other road paving products. We have won over 20 National awards for our sales and support.

Barber-Greene  was acquired by Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.

Dynapac (Div. of Atlas Copco) was added in the early 1990′s. Dynapac is the world’s leading producer of vibratory compaction equipment and another excellent fit with our paving products.

Lincoln Windrow Elevators came next. We pioneered the use of elevators equipped with “asphalt re-mix” capability. These devices are now widely used by TxDot contractors.

Mauldin Asphalt Pavers led us into the commercial & residential paving market. Mauldin offers heavy duty, contractor friendly machines with many unique innovations. Truck mounted asphalt distributors and motor graders have recently been added to the product range.

ROSCO (Div. Of VT LeeBoy) provided a full range of products for Liquid Asphalt, Chipsealing, and Spray-patching that moved us into the Pavement Maintenance market. We later added the full LEEBOY line of asphalt pavers and motor graders.

 

Closner Today

ROADTEC  an Astec Industries Company, teamed up with Closner in 2009 to sell and support their line in 118 counties in Texas. We offer custom repair & rebuild programs for your Shuttle Buggy, Milling Machine, Paver, Stabilizer and Reclaimer. Our San Antonio facility has also been designated the Authorized Roadtec Factory Rebuild Facility for Texas.

Superior Brooms selected us as their dealer for Southwest Texas. Superior offers self-propelled, center mount brooms that outperform all others on the market. These brooms are ideal for Seal Coat and Hot Mix contractors.

Products from Minnich Manufacturing  were added to compliment our Gomaco Slipform machines. Minnich produces Concrete Vibrators, Vibrator Monitoring Systems and Dowel Pin Drills.

The Putzmeister and Allentown  line of concrete, grout, mortar, and shotcrete pumps fits with our philosophy to carry the “best of breed”. We are also authorized to conduct warranty repairs on truck mounted boom pumps.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

We opened an Austin Branch Office in 2004. The branch has allowed us to respond rapidly to the Contractors and Governmental customers in the IH35 Corridor, Waco and Houston. The branch provides complete machine inventory, a rental fleet, parts stock and field service.

NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

We moved into a new HQ in Schertz, Texas in 2007. The new 8 acre facility is located just off IH35 North and has features specially designed for servicing large construction equipment. In addition to housing our corporate office and San Antonio store, it also supports our customers in West Texas, the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico.

DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS

We expanded our operations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 2012. We offer sales, rentals & product support from our branch in Ft. Worth.

In addition to servicing the Texas market, we offer full export services and are especially familiar with Mexico, the Carribean and Central/South American markets.