Bluegrass Tank and Equipment was founded by Richard E. Davis in Elizabethtown, Kentucky more than forty years ago and began operations in January of 1972 with just two employees. With a core group of dedicated employees, the business enjoyed continuous growth. In 1986, the present facility was built to manage the business growth in the fabrication and repair of food grade transport tanks.
The current Elizabethtown facility consists of a 28,600 sq. ft. shop with supporting offices, storage yard and parking areas. 1995 was an important year for us as we launched Bluegrass Fire Apparatus, which now specializes in repairs of various fire apparatus for rural fire prevention districts. An additional 60,000 square foot warehouse was built in 2008 in order to accommodate future growth.
In 2003, Bluegrass Tank and Equipment ventured outside the state of Kentucky, by purchasing a repair facility located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sooner Tank was acquired to handle the specialized repair and maintenance service needs of our growing customer base in the west. Ten years later in 2013 we grew again when we began a repair and maintenance operation in Belleview, Florida named Florida Tank and Equipment. Florida Tank and Equipment is successfully meeting the service and repair needs of a growing number of sanitary haulers in both the dairy and juice industries in The Sunshine State. In 2014, we expanded again by opening Michigan Tank and Equipment in Owosso, Michigan. This much needed repair and maintenance operation has been very well received by the milk haulers of Michigan, northern Indiana and Ohio, and rapidly earning a reputation for exceptional quality repair and service work. In the spring of 2016, Sooner Tank was moved to Canyon, Texas – a community just outside Amarillo, Texas and was re-named Texas Tank and Equipment. This brand new facility has ten repair bays and sits on 12 acres, guaranteeing us the ability to grow along with the demand for high quality service and repair. Stay tuned to see where we grow next!
Since 1975, Bluegrass Tank and Equipment has been an authorized Walker dealer selling sanitary food grade transport trailers. Over the years and with plenty of hard work, our product line has grown to include tanks and trailers from Brenner Tank, Trail King Industries, Bulk International, Beall, Polar Tank, Garsite International, Tri-Star Tank and Progress Tank. Complimenting many of these lines, our Elizabethtown Kentucky repair facility maintains an “R” Stamp certification, which allows us to repair and service practically any type of trailer found on the road today.
The company has a long tradition of custom-built farm pick-up tanks in support of the dairy industry. In addition, in late 2011, we rolled out our first Michigan tank, which was a 12,000 gallon farm pick-up tank. We are now in full production of these Michigan tanks in transport and direct-ship, and farm pick-up styles.
The company currently employs more than seventy-five people in five states. T. Davis Sales and Time Leasing are affiliate companies to provide needed service capabilities for sales and leasing.
Still privately owned by its founder, Bluegrass Tank and Equipment strives for a reputation of excellence for quality sales, service and support of the various equipment it serves.