BDS Equipment joins Jesup business communityBy Cheryl Parker
One of the newer businesses to the Jesup Industrial Park east of town is BDS Equipment. This father/son team of Brad and Dalton Sebetka has grown gradually, ever since 8-year-old Dalton took an interest in his dad’s hobby of refurbishing skid loaders on nights and weekends.
Brad did miscellaneous maintenance work for Rex Reinhart at the Jesup Gym for 15 years. During this time, he saw an increasing demand for skid loaders and parts. By 2014 he had outgrown his home shop and leased a building from Reinhart to accommodate this growing hobby. In October of 2017, they broke ground for the present building. This operation has taken its time as father and son have enjoyed doing most of the work themselves. They moved to their new location in early 2019.
The versatility of the skid loader means there are a large number of accessories available. Today the main focus of BDS is to provide a one-stop shop for customers looking to add an accessory to their loader. The three top sellers are the bucket, pallet fork, and grapple. But they also stock brush mowers, tillers, post hole augers, stump grinders, tree pullers, tree shears; “The sky’s the limit” says Dalton about the number of accessories that are available for a skid loader. While “Bobcat” may be the most recognizable brand name, there are a lot of manufacturers out there. Accessories usually fit all brands, but if they do not, BDS can install a universal quick attach to make it easy. No longer just a staple of the construction industry, farmers and those living on an acreage are finding a lot of uses for this handy and versatile machine.
The BDS business philosophy is all about making it as easy as possible for the customer. They receive a full semi load of attachments every two weeks – more frequently in their busier seasons – and very few are customer ordered. The senior Sebetka has observed the construction equipment business for a while, and he knows that by the time the customer knows he needs something, he needs it NOW. Many of their customers are from 2-3 hours away, especially from the Cedar Rapids or Des Moines area. They know to special order a piece will take 2-4 weeks. BDS is gaining a reputation for having what they need in stock. As a further service, they stock a few trailers and tires on a “cash and carry” basis just to enhance that “one-stop shop” experience. Brad says they like to keep a low profit margin to give their customers a better price, and they are able to make up for that through their increasing number of sales.
The hobby that started this enterprise: finding a skid loader that needs work, purchasing it, refurbishing, and then selling it, is still a part of their business but not a large part. They may “flip” 6-8 units a year.
Dalton is a 2018 graduate of Jesup High School, and is focusing on diesel mechanics at Hawkeye Community College. He has completed the first year of the Ag Power program and has one year to go. Possibilities for the future may include utilizing that diesel mechanics education, or expanding their sales to a second location. Right now, though, they are plenty busy right where they are at.
To find out more about BDS check out their website at www.bdsequip.com or give them a call at 319-231-9098.
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