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Best Line Equipment acquires Chesapeake Supply & Equipment

By Brock Huffstutler

February 26, 2023

Best Line EquipmentBest Line Equipment, State College, Pa., has acquired the assets and location of Chesapeake Supply & Equipment, Jessup, Md. The acquisition marks Best Line Equipment’s 14th equipment location in three different states and its first in the Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C., market.  

Best Line Equipment, a multiyear Top 100 Best Places to Work employer in Pennsylvania, says it intends to use best practices, top industry pay and industry-leading benefits to the state of Maryland. The company also says that at the time of purchase, on Jan. 6, 2023, all Chesapeake Supply & Equipment employees were invited and decided to join the Best Line team. 

Launched more than 35 years ago, Best Line Equipment is an equipment dealer and general rental, sales, service, and parts provider to the construction and industrial industries. 

Chesapeake Supply & Equipment has served as a provider of heavy construction equipment, Genesis and LaBounty demolition and forestry-oriented attachments, and Crafco and Etnyre asphalt equipment.  

“We intend to keep Chesapeake’s established brands while adding Doosan heavy equipment and JLG access equipment as our large dealership-oriented brands,” said Adam Houseknecht, president, Best Line Equipment. “Like most of our other locations, we intend to lead the market in construction and industrial equipment rentals while also serving the market by providing dealership-oriented equipment for sale, service and parts.”  

Best Line Equipment says the acquisition allows it to serve its long-term strategic goal of stability first and growth second. The company also says that Chesapeake Supply & Equipment became a clear partner for growth due factors including stability in its market and the customers it has served for more than 85 years, the fact that several Best Line locations exist within one and a half hours, and that Jessup is within immediate reach of extra equipment and mechanical support.  

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to have a larger footprint to serve our existing customers. We also want to connect with existing Doosan heavy equipment customers without a dealer for the past few years. Increasing the continuity of Best Line and Doosan’s covered territory will give our existing and new customers a better experience,” said Armand Cencetti, vice president of sales, Best Line Equipment.