Messick`s has been a family business ever since brothers Marlin and Merville Messick started the dealership in 1952. Over the years we`ve grown from a two-person operation to a company of over 160 employees at our Elizabethtown, Abbottstown, Halifax, and Carlisle locations. Messick`s remains a family business, operated by Merville`s sons, Bob and Ken, dedicated to providing exceptional parts, services and sales support to our customers.
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Messick's beginnings go back to November 26, 1952, when two brothers, Marlin and Merville Messick broke ground and erected a new building along route 230, three miles north of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The dealership officially opened on February 1, 1953 with Marlin as the shop manager, and Merville handling both the sales and parts departments. Two years later a full time salesman and one additional mechanic were hired, and in 1962 an addition was built onto the existing building, housing a showroom and additional parts area.
In 1976 the successful Messick enterprise once again outgrew its shell, and a new 21 acre site was purchased at the present location along Route 283 at the Rheems Exit, Elizabethtown. The new facility provided 7,200 square feet of shop space, and 6000 square feet of showroom display area. Messick's celebrated its grand opening in February of 1977, exactly 25 years after first opening its doors. Messicks have since expanded the Elizabethtown location several times adding parts storage, shop space and warehousing.
In 1996, Messicks opened a new facility located along Route 30 in Abbottstown, York County, Pennsylvania. This facility was then built on to in 1999, giving Messick's over 43,000 square feet of showroom, warehouse, and shop space.
In early 2005 Messicks expanded the Elizabethtown location to overtake an adajacent car dealership. The new Outdoor Power building provided much needed space for office staff and room to display dozens tractors and other equipment.
In 2011, Messick's footprint exploded with the acquisition of two neighboring dealerships. Lancaster Tractor and Equipment, and Sweigard Bros New Holland of Halifax PA.
2012 brought more charge with the acquisition of Peterman Power Equipment in Carlisle, PA. This gave Messick's a 4th Kubota location, as well as access to the eXmark and simplicity lines.
2013 has been marked by the major renovation of the Elizabethtown facility. Construction was completed on a 40,000 sq/ft shop which allowed the parts department to overtake the prior shop areas and double the bin storage space. This gave us the capacity we needed to service larger equipment, as well further space for Elizabethtown to function as hub for the other stores.
To Messick's staff, the idea of simply making a sale is secondary to the goal of providing the customer with the correct solution to get the job done.
The staff at Messick's has one common mission - to provide their customers with a broad selection of new and used equipment, parts and service with an emphasis on quality and dependability. Messick's philosophy is to work with credibility, honesty, integrity, and courtesy, because a sincere relationship with you, the customer, is important.
Messick's is a dealer for over 250 brands of equipment in the agricultural, construction, and lawn and garden industries including Case IH, New Holland, Miller Pro, Kubota, Woods, Apache, Newton Crouch, Cub Cadet, and Stihl.