Leavitt's reputation for being a machine giant

Our Story and Reputation

Leavitt Machinery article in BC Business

Leavitt Machinery was founded in 2001 by Tom Leavitt. Originally a General Manager for Finning, Tom was in charge of their material handling division. After a decade in this position, Tom proposed a list of changes to Finning for this department. He believed these changes would lead to increased success and growth going forward. He also stated that if Finning wasn’t willing to make these changes, they should consider selling the division. After some consideration, Finning asked Tom to make an offer. Months later, a deal was struck, and Leavitt Machinery was born.

In the following years, Leavitt Machinery became the official dealer for many trusted brands. They also added a complete parts and service department to support every unit they sold. Finally, they added a comprehensive training division to provide operators with proper instruction on safe operating practices. This allowed Leavitt Machinery to become a one-stop shop for all applications and operations.

In 2014, Tom Leavitt was named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year for the Pacific region. This award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic businesses. Tom was named the winner in the Business to Business Products and Services category. This success was not earned by Tom alone, as he attributes this growth to the team that has supported him. By working together towards a shared vision, Leavitt Machinery has grown exponentially as both a business and a brand.

As of this year, Leavitt Machinery has grown into one of the largest material handling equipment dealers in North America. With more than 25 locations throughout Canada and the United States, we support operations of all sizes. We also offer equipment from more than 25 leading brands, thousands of replacement parts, and a massive rental fleet. Our team possesses deep industry knowledge, allowing us to offer innovative fleet management services and programs. Regardless of the application, Leavitt Machinery can provide complete, quality solutions that are tailored to your operation’s needs and budget.

Through Tom’s leadership, we are continuing to build upon our trusted reputation. “Tom is a true innovator,” says Lui Petrollini, Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Program Director. “He’s turned a good idea into a successful business that thrives on innovative thinking. From business processes to new technologies, Tom’s desire for continuous improvement is what sets him apart.” To see how Leavitt Machinery can support your operation, call or email our team today! We’ll work with you to provide a complete solution that enhances productivity and safety while maximizing value.