The story of Finke Equipment’s growth from basement repair shop to a company with approximately 30 full-time employees is a lesson in taking calculated risks, working hard and learning from mistakes. Today the company is a dealer and authorized service agent for such recognizable construction equipment brands as Kobelco, Bobcat, Hamm, Wirtgen, and Vogele. In addition to selling, renting and repairing big-ticket items like excavators, backhoes, rubber-tire and skid steer loaders, rollers and arrowboards, Finke also sells, rents and services chainsaws, generators, plate compactors, jack hammers, and pumps by industry leaders Stihl, Honda, and Wacker. Today it is quite an impressive enterprise but it once had a far lower profile. “We started in 1977 out of the basement of our house, just my father and I,” said company president John Finke.