Power Equipment Systems (PES) was founded in 1979 by William H. “Bill” Burrell, II, as a division of the E.H. Burrell Company. Bill purchased the division from his uncle Jim for $1.00. PES began as a service distributor for Tecumseh, Briggs & Stratton and Kohler. Original equipment service parts and engines were the base for this division. PES has been growing ever since.
Power Equipment Systems downtown Salem location was displaced in 1985 to make room for a new shopping mall and parking structure—a benefit in disguise! PES had just acquired distributorship rights to the Tecumseh product line, and a new location/larger building for the expanding companies was sorely needed.
In September 1995 the company’s founder, Bill Burrell, passed away. With the guiding hand of the management team in place, Bill’s daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Pete Yunker, became involved in the business. They nurtured Bill’s mantra of taking care of the customer and successfully ventured into commercial and consumer equipment markets.
After acquiring two new territories and five new product lines, PES finished an expansion of its existing building, doubling the size to 35,000 square feet. The project allowed for more efficient distribution and space for expected future growth.
Over the next decade PES worked on expanding the company. With a vision in mind, more brands and new territory were brought to the table, expanding its footprint into 12 western states. This meant one thing, more space for new products, and in 2010 PES expanded its distribution facilities to 65,000 square feet.
These brands drove the expansion:
Looking to the future, the PES executive team determined the company needed room to grow in order to achieve their goals. After spending a year vetting the perfect location, the executive team landed on an existing property in Salem, Oregon. Luckily it was just around the corner. In September 2015, PES moved into 120,000 square feet of warehouse and office space.