After twelve years in Milan, a distributor of heavy equipment has bought property in East Moline's industrial park, and hopes to expand. Road Machinery and Supplies, or RMS, is based in Minneapolis, with outlets in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.
President Russell Sheaffer says the Quad Cities is an important market for his company.
"We believe it represents a growth potential and we were limited in what we were able to do and what we were able to service in the smaller, Milan facility."
RMS now has 14 employees in Milan, and they'll all transfer to the new location - three buildings on 14 acres formerly owned by Murphy Brothers Pipeline. And he hopes to add more people as sales grow.
Sheaffer says their primary line of heavy equipment is made by Komatsu, but the company also sells and services some lesser known brands - for paving, quarry work, and mining.