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History of Foley Equipment Company

Serving You Since 1940

Foley Equipment Company's (formerly Foley Tractor Co., Inc.) roots go back to the early 1940's when Paul J. Foley had the opportunity to assist a newly formed dealership in Wichita. Foley, who worked at the time in the Treasury Department of Caterpillar® Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois, was asked to join this new firm and the Karcher-Wolter-Foley Company was formed.


In 1942, Mr. Foley purchased his partners' interests in the dealership and the company became known as Foley Tractor Company.

The rest of the 1940's saw expanding oil field and agriculture opportunities and Foley expanded with new stores in Great Bend and Pratt. In 1956, Foley Tractor Company acquired part of Oehlert Tractor Company in central Kansas, then later acquired Roberts Tractor Company in Western Kansas in 1958.

During the next 20 years, significant changes came about for both Foley Tractor and Caterpillar. Caterpillar introduced industrial and truck engines and Foley Tractor responded by expanding with an engine division, now known as Foley Power Solutions.

In 1973, Paul Foley’s son, Paul J. (Skip) Foley Jr., became president of the company.

In 1997, Skip Foley’s daughter, Ann Konecny, became president.  Foley Rental - The Cat Rental Store was opened in 1999.  As technology became increasingly essential to customer success, Foley entered the Trimble/Accugrade machine control and guidance business in 2004. In 2007 Foley’s engine rebuild operation was expanded with the addition of a 125,000 square foot engine remanufacturing facility in Park City, Kansas.  Foley acquired the assets of Martin Tractor Company in 2009, expanding the territory from 50 to 99 counties in Kansas.

In 2012, Foley expanded again with the acquisition of Dean Machinery.  From 19 locations in 15 cities, Foley Equipment serves 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in western Missouri, including the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Since 1940, Foley has been proud to empower the progress of customers and communities in Kansas and Missouri.