ABOUT THE FOUNDATION OF PAPÉ
When E.C. Papé arrived in Oregon, it had only been a state for 79 years. Railroads, horse and ox teams, steam-powered donkeys and hard-working men had helped Oregon become the largest producer of lumber in the US. This was 1938, and E.C. Papé had traveled to Oregon to partner with a friend in the Eugene Allis-Chalmers dealership. After WW II, his sons, Dean and Ed, would help establish the era of the rubber-tired skidder and the logging truck.
Dean would then lead the company for three decades and firmly establish in his own son, Randy, the principles and standards that drove his father: the value of an honest handshake and a square deal, a hard day’s work, and a tireless devotion to the needs and successes of his customers. In 1989, Randy, working with his father Dean, saw an opportunity to meet the growing needs of an expanding economy and purchased Flightcraft, further expanding the organization’s service to the West.
Randy Papé, who became President and CEO in 1981, strengthened the company’s product line and expanded its boundaries. In 1991, he formed The Papé Group, Inc and moved the company into forklifts with the Hyster line, and compact construction equipment with Bobcat. In 2000, the Ditch Witch line was added in order to expand into the growing underground directional drilling and trenching market. The Papé Group acquired the Oregon and Washington distributorships for John Deere forestry and construction equipment in April 2002, and established Papé Machinery, Inc. In addition to John Deere, Papé Machinery distributes Hitachi and other leading lines of construction and forestry equipment. in July, 2007 Papé purchased the assets of Central California Kenworth and began service to the medium and heavy haul trucking industry from five California locations. Papé has come a long way since 1938, but E.C. would say, “There’s no reason to stop now.”