NITE Equipment, also known as Northern Illinois Tractor & Equipment, is your headquarters for tractors, trailers, truck beds, snow plows and more. As well as stocking new Branson tractors, we also buy, sell and trade used compact, mid-sized and farm tractors of all makes and models. Need a new or used trailer? NITE Equipment keeps approximately 300 light, medium and heavy duty trailers in stock at all times. Types of trailers include open utility trailers, open and enclosed car haulers, enclosed cargo trailers, landscape and dump trailers, medium and heavy construction equipment trailers, livestock and horse trailers, and snowmobile and ATV trailers. Bumper pull, gooseneck and fifth wheel models are available as well as various types of new and used semi-trailers. Please click the “OUR BRANDS” link right under the NITE Equipment logo to see the manufacturers we currently represent.
Do you suffer from rusty pick-up bed syndrome? Allow NITE Equipment to install a new PJ steel or Eby aluminum flatbed and bring new life to your rusty pick-up. And while you’re at it get ready for winter by installing a new Meyer snow plow backed by its industry leading 5-year warranty. We stock light duty, contractor grade and municipality grade snow plows and spreaders.
NITE Equipment also sells various makes and models of new and used agricultural, construction and industrial equipment and attachments including skid steers, dozers, mowers, tillers, post-hole diggers, loaders, buckets, grapples, tillers, generators, pressure washers, wood splitters and much more. Rhino Ag, Virnig, Boss Industrial and Mi-T-M are among the current manufacturers we represent.
At the time of this writing the parts and service department of NITE Equipment is bursting at the seams in its efforts to support the various types of equipment mentioned above. On any given day you will find a handful of faithful employees re-packing bearings, inspecting or replacing worn out trailer brakes and installing brake controllers and hitches on cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s. As winter approaches, installation and service of snow plows and spreaders kicks into high gear. Re-conditioning of used tractors happens year round as well. Can you imagine being the Parts Manager who’s job it is to stock, organize and keep track of the parts necessary to keep these guys going daily? Thank you Parts Manager!
The mission of NITE Equipment is to provide competitively priced new and used trailers, trucks, farm tractors and implements, heavy construction equipment, and related accessories and services in an honest and professional manner.
In the beginning, NITE Equipment was only a dream in the mind of a young man from central Wisconsin named Jim Sacia. He loved anything with wheels and an engine. He loved to drive and he loved to work. He was a real "people person" too. While growing up on a family dairy farm, Jim saw glimpses of someday operating his own company in which he bought, traded, and sold farm tractors and machinery. Little did he know that NITE Equipment would become the business it has become today.
After a stint in the U.S. Army, a college degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and a short career as a police officer, Jim became an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All the while, Jim's love for equipment and the farming industry never faded. He and his wife Jenny (also a Wisconsin farm girl and River Falls graduate) purchased a farm near Winnebago, Illinois, just across the Wisconsin/Illinois border. There they raised three terrific boys (Jerry, John and Jesse), Paint and Pinto horses, and many beloved dogs. They called their farm "Treasured Times Ranch", an appropriate name only if a ranch can include basketball hoops, four wheelers, sports cars and lots of musical instruments.
The few pieces of machinery required to do the work on a small farm just weren't enough for Jim. And besides, his boys were getting older and one of them might want to buy and sell equipment with an engine and wheels some day. So NITE Equipment began to come to fruition in the late seventies. Oldest son Jerry marveled at the machinery and he marveled at his Dad. He learned the names of all the tools and soon became pretty good with a wrench, a screwdriver, and a hammer.
With Jenny's assistance, a little help from the boys in between school and sports activities, and the assistance of a handful of good employees, NITE Equipment was first operated out of a pole barn on the north side of the family farm. Jim did the buying and selling in his spare time. Used tractors and construction equipment were the items typically offered for sale. Then the decision was made to try to sell "a few trailers" and the business began to steadily grow.
In 1997, as Jim approached his retirement date from the FBI, twelve acres at a prime location on Highway 20 just 8 miles due west of Rockford, Illinois, was purchased. An office and shop were erected and tons and tons of gravel were hauled in. On any given day 300 trailers of all shapes and sizes, 50 to 60 tractors, trucks of all sizes, and construction machinery are displayed along with farm implements, recreational equipment, lawn and garden equipment, and various other items available for purchase.
Today, NITE Equipment continues on as a family-owned and operated business. Changes continue and more changes are on the horizon. After serving 6 terms (11 years) as the Illinois State Representative of the 89th district, Jim and Jenny have not slowed down. Jim keeps busy with a little side project called Memory Hill – Classics of Yesteryear, where he buys and sells classic cars and trucks, tractors and construction equipment. And after all these years Jenny is still toiling long hours keeping the NITE Equipment books and serving lunch three times a week for their fifteen or so employees. And let’s not forget those three bundle-of-joy grandkids Tully, Ellie and Charleigh that keep them on their toes, or Jenny’s mother Lucille, who at the time of this writing is still hanging on at the ripe old age of 106.
Their eldest son Jerry continues to serve as General Manager, overseeing the day to day operations of the business as well as buying, trading and transporting equipment. Middle son John is married and still serving our country in the Wisconsin Air National Guard. And last but certainly not least, their youngest son Jesse is married with those three bundle-of-joys and is currently filling the all-important and un-enviable role of NITE Equipment Service Writer.
NITE Equipment continues to invest in good employees, tools and programs to improve customer service which we know will result in higher customer satisfaction. And we still strive for excellence in what we do day to day while continuing to wrestle with how to progress in a market that is rapidly increasing in competitors and competitiveness. We hope you will be a beneficiary of our efforts.
As always…thank you for visiting NITE Equipment!