With sales offices already established in Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom, in May 2012, Avant Tecno expanded operations to the United States. The modest 5,400 square foot facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinoisquickly became too small with the rapid growth of this unique product. So, in the Summer of 2014, the Avant USA crew moved to a new facility in Arlington Heights, Illinois and now boasts the largest Avant inventory in the world.
The Chicagoland area has been an excellent place to conduct business for Avant. It has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the country, access to large waterways, major highways, and 25% of all US rail traffic passes through Chicagoland. With Territory Managers and dealerships established in the four major regions of the United States, Avant USA next set its sights on crossing the Canadian border. In 2015, Avant USA hired a Canadian Territory Manager to set-up dealerships and conduct business.
With the skid-steer being a uniquely American invention, the market is one of the most saturated markets in North America with nearly every major manufacturer producing a version of the skid-steer. However, early feedback was clear and strongly positive: Avant is offering a completely different and distinctive solution for the landscaper, arborist, property manager, and farmer. To put it another way, Avant is challenging the conventional wisdom of the market by winning hearts and minds all across the continent.