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Our History

For 40 years we have been providing the heavy equipment industry with new and remanufactured machines and service.

Sun Machinery Company began in November 1980 when David Gray, the late Donald “Bud” Chase, and the late J. Chris Swift co-founded the company in Columbia, SC. Starting out with the RAYGO WAGNER Company in Portland, OR, the company rented a facility in Columbia and opened its doors. Starting out with 4 employees and Product Support as its hallmark, the company outgrew its original facility in less than 8 months.

The company soon found and purchased a 10 acre tract with buildings near Lexington, SC. Moving in September 1981, the company continued to grow in the new site by adding additional employees.

Sensing a need to improve Product Support, the company invested in a new building addition and equipped the facility with a dynamometer to run and load power shift transmissions. Later the company added a new shop facility to make room for needed parts space in the existing building.

Sun Machinery has continued to grow by completing 5 more buildings to house parts inventory, engineering, cab rebuilding and new, machine shop, paint facility, slag blasting/metal preparation facility, and in 1998, a new 11,250 sq ft shop facility that includes a shop office building and shop supply storeroom. In early 2000’s, Sun added the capability to provide aftermarket parts and service for Letourneau log stackers and cranes. In 2013, Sun added the Barko material handler product line. In November 2018, the Lincoln Lube dealership for mobile equipment for South Carolina was awarded to Sun Machinery Company. In April 2020, Sun Machinery Company was awarded the dealership for South Carolina only for the Arborculture product for Sennebogen North America LLC and the Ropax compactor product line.

When Mr. Swift passed away in October 1996, the two remaining owners formed the SMC Employee Owned Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). This plan allows the

employees of the company to share in the profits in the form of stock ownership for their retirement.

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ABOUT US: About Us


Create and Power Your Machine With The Sun Effect

Experience - We have helped industry leaders improve productivity and reduce operating costs with “peace of mind” solutions since 1980.
Flexibility - We meet the requirements of your most demanding applications with the largest range of products and services in your local area.
Fast Response – We have multiple service vehicles and technicians to respond when you need us.

Expertise - All our technicians have a skilled trade certification, are participating in an apprenticeship program, or have applicable industry experience. 
Convenience - Our industry exclusive Mobile Workshops and our ability to create your solution “on site” frees up your resources to focus on your core business.
Trust - 90% of our business comes from customers who have relied on us for over 40 years.


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Chris Watson

Lexington, SC

Vice President


Brad King

Lexington, SC

Service Manager


Ricky Raines

Lexington, SC

Parts Manager


Mike Howard

Lexington, SC

Parts Representative


Mandy Burkett

Lexington, SC

Office Manager


Sam Caldwell



Marvis Brown

 Pineville, LA

Vice President


Charles King

Lexington, SC

Compactor Sales Manager


Terry Jones

Lexington, SC

Sennebogen/Barko Sales Manager


Justin Doyle

Pineville, LA

Parts Manager


Macie Spigner

Lexington, SC

Lincoln Lubrication Sales


Caroline Boling

Atlanta, GA



April Brazzell

Lexington, SC

Accounts Receivable


Audrey Johnson

Pineville, LA

Office Manager

Core Values

Customer Commitment

We develop relationships that make a positive difference in our customers' lives.


We insist on upholding the highest standards of integrity in all our actions.


We provide outstanding products and unsurpassed service that, together, deliver premium value to our customers.


We work together, across boundaries, to meet the needs of our customers.

We Satisfy And Delight Our Customers

Our customers are the lifeblood of our business and our most important stakeholder. We strive to meet or exceed their expectations with every experience.

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