Heavy Construction News – Efficiency Production Inc. Hosts Municipal Safety Day :: Story ID: 34958 :: Construction Equipment Guide – #Construction #News

Efficiency Production Inc. Hosts Municipal Safety Day

📅   Wed June 28, 2017 – Midwest Edition #13

Mike Ross, Efficiency Production’s national training coordinator, explains the dynamics of soil pressure during classroom training at the 2016 Municipal Safety Day program.

Mike Ross, Efficiency Production’s national training coordinator, explains the dynamics of soil pressure during classroom training at the 2016 Municipal Safety Day program.

This past June 1, Efficiency Production Inc. hosted Municipal Safety Day for Michigan communities’ Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Water Department personnel. Offering training sessions at the event were the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA), FallTech, AIS Equipment Company, F.D. Lake, and Jack Doheny Company; as well as Efficiency Production.

The eleventh annual event attracted 85 participants from 34 Michigan municipal communities and organizations. Participants were awarded 0.4 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Continuing Education Credits (CEC), which were administrated by the MRWA.

“Municipal Safety Day is designed specifically for Michigan’s public works personnel,” said Mike Ross, Efficiency Production’s national training director. “These are the workers who routinely need to perform duties that cross a spectrum of potentially dangerous situations. Our goal is to educate DPW workers on the entirety of excavation and construction safety.”

The morning training session included instruction in MIOSHA standards for soil classification presented by Efficiency Production’s National Training Coordinator, Mike Ross, and confined spaces training presented by Joe Little of MRWA. The afternoon training session featured field training on:

• Hydraulic shores uses and safety, presented by Efficiency Production

• Backhoe operator safety, presented by AIS Equipment

• Proper Rigging Safety, presented by F.D. Lake

• Hydro excavation with shoring demonstration, presented by Jack Doheny Company

• Fall protection safety training, presented by FallTech

For the second year, several local equipment and supply vendors set-up stations to display their municipal-specific products, including:

• AIS Construction Equip

• Capital Equipment

• E. J. Company

• F. D. Lake

• FallTech

• First Due Fire Supply

• Golden Design Embroidery

• Haviland Enterprises

• J.P Signs

• Jack Doheny Companies

• K & H Concrete Cutting

• Monroe Truck Equipment

• Municipal Supply Co.

• Purity Gas

• Signature Ford

• Tri-County Int’l Truck Sales

Also highlighting Municipal Safety Day was a cookout barbeque lunch, compliments of the chefs in Efficiency Production’s sales department.

The Michigan Rural Water Association’s mission is to provide resources, education, and networking to all members, future members, and their customers in order to enhance quality of services.

For more information, visit www.efficiencyproduction.com.

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📅   Thu August 24, 2017 – National Edition

To reduce ground disruption, the MT9 creates clean, shallow trenches up to 9 inches deep and 0.375 to 1.5

To reduce ground disruption, the MT9 creates clean, shallow trenches up to 9 inches deep and 0.375 to 1.5

The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced the new MT9 microtrencher attachment, designed to improve productivity and to reduce the cost-per-ft. on small fiber jobsites. Developed to work in tandem with the Ditch Witch line of mini skid steers, the industry-first system is the ideal solution for tight and confined residential areas, such as street crossings.

To reduce ground disruption, the MT9 creates clean, shallow trenches up to 9 in. deep and 0.375 to 1.5 in. wide. A patented blade plunge provides infinite variable depth control while the machine is in operation. Additionally, the microtrencher works with the FX65 vacuum excavator to further create a clean trench in one pass by effectively removing spoils.

“Traditional fiber-installation methods lack the speed and efficiency to be cost-effective for contractors in many residential areas,” said Steve Seabolt, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy duty tractors. “Our new MT9 minimizes the space required to operate, avoiding hurdles found in confined, tight and urban jobsites.

Designed specifically for street crossings, an ability to push or pull the microtrencher keeps the saw in the ground for more efficient and accurate cuts. By eliminating the need to realign during a cut, operators are able to complete the cut faster and produce a better-looking finish.

The MT9 works with the Ditch Witch-exclusive PDC Fiberblade that contains diamond embedded carbide. The durable, maintenance-free design of the Fiberblade is proven to last up to 20 times longer than standard blades, enhancing jobsite performance and improving ROI.

Joining the proven FX65, MT12, MT16, Fiberblade and 1CM concrete mixer, the MT9 adds to a growing family of microtrenching solutions – all from the company that pioneered the modern microtrencher. The MT9 is backed by a network of over 175 experienced dealer locations worldwide.

For more information about the MT9 microtrencher, visit https://www.ditchwitch.com/trenchers/micro/mt9.

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Rob’s Hydraulics Inc. Celebrates 20 Years in Business :: Story ID: 34595 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12

The Rob’s Hydraulics team in Grimesland, N.C.

The Rob’s Hydraulics team in Grimesland, N.C.

Like many small businesses, Rob’s Hydraulics, founded by Rob Lynch in 1997, had a humble start.

“I started rebuilding cylinders with one other person,” Lynch said. “In fact, I would go out on the road, pick up a hydraulic cylinder and come back and rebuild it. That’s how we got started.”

The company’s original site — an old school gymnasium, which was rented — was humble, too. As Lynch aptly put it, “you have start somewhere, right?”

Before that, Lynch got his start in the hydraulics arena by working for his father-in-law’s company that built hydraulic power units, which supplied poultry plants among other industries. Little did he know then that this apprenticeship would serve as the launching pad for the creation of his very own construction company.

Rob’s Hydraulics really took off in 2002 when the company moved to its current shared headquarters facility in Grimesland, N.C., which included the addition of a service department.

“The hydraulic repair work led us into working on heavy equipment, such as excavators, loaders and dozers,” said Lynch. “We started building a strong service reputation, which grew when we got a couple of small service trucks. It was at that point that Hyundai got involved.”

Lynch said that one of the companies sharing the Grimesland facility was a construction equipment dealer that sold Hyundai products, but due to poor management, had gone out of business. The timing was just right for Rob’s Hydraulics.

“When that company went under, they left people here with machines under warranty — no parts, no service, nothing at all,” said Lynch. “Hyundai initially hired us to do the service and warranty work for them, and about six months later, asked if we would start selling the equipment, too. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but Hyundai was confident, and sure enough we started making sales shortly after that. In fact, the very first one we sold for Hyundai was a skid steer. It was purchased by a landscaper, and it’s still running today. It was later resold, and it’s being used in a seafood place nearby to load ice onto boats. It’s pretty cool that it’s still running.”

Rob’s Hydraulics made the transition from a service-based company to incorporating sales smoothly.

“It happened pretty quickly,” said Lynch. “We brought in the knowledge, and we brought in the people. We hired people that were with the previous company, and they brought their knowledge with them. We also hired technicians with around 15 to 20 years’ experience in field, but for the sales side of it, we just picked that up and took off.”

Approximately six months later, the business landed its first major contract with the North Carolina Department of Transport (NCDOT), which yielded its largest single sale — an order for 30 loaders. The company hasn’t looked back since.

This year, the company marked its 20th anniversary, and has grown considerably since its first sale. Rob’s Hydraulics currently employs 42 people and continues to be based at its Grimesland facility with a 16,000-sq.-ft. plot spread over two buildings. In addition, there is a complete service overhead crane system, 150 rental machines and nine service trucks with two more in the works.

The company also has a second site in Clayton, N.C., about 10 mi. outside Raleigh, which opened in January 2014. Lynch said key customers, manufacturers and contractors were contributing factors in the decision to set up there.

“We had the state contracts for NCDOT,” said Lynch. “We also started selling a lot of machines to contractors working in the Raleigh area, and we picked up a few more lines that forced us to expand in that direction. We worked with Hyundai to improve both of our market shares in the Wake County and Johnston County areas. We needed to have a building locally if we were going to fulfill all those commitments.”

The building is now host to 11 of Lynch’s employees, including sales personnel and a branch and service manager, two service bays, three service trucks and three lowboy heavy-haul trailers.

The expansion of the business has, of course, both affected and been driven by its product lines.

The company sells and rents a range of machines from Hyundai, Yanmar and Takeuchi, Manitou, Precision Husky Corporation as well as Fecon attachments, available from either location. In 2016, the company also celebrated being the top Hyundai dealer in the country, selling more than 100 units. Three of the company’s sales representatives made it on the top twenty list of sales representatives in the country.

Currently, the company is looking to expand again by relocating from the current Clayton facility to a new site in Smithfield, N.C., about six miles away in Johnston County.

The development of the company’s operations in the Raleigh area over the past few years is driving this move.

“We still wanted to be within 70 or 80 miles of the Grimesland location with regard to transportation and support, but we wanted to stay out of the cross-state traffic a bit more to make things happen more quickly and easily,” Lynch said. “We’ve also sold a lot of machines in the Johnston County area so it makes sense from both of those angles.”

The new site will have seven service bays and cover around 10,000 sq. ft. of which 800 sq. ft. will serve as office space and 1,500 sq. ft. will be a parts warehouse. Groundbreaking took place on May 1, and the company plans to move in at the end of the year in December.

While part of growing a successful business is being in the right place at the right time, Lynch is keen to attribute the company’s success to the “family feel” that pervades the business on a day-to-day basis.

“I think a major key is to surround yourself with good people, and good things will happen,” said Lynch. “I have to give credit to the employees here. Everyone we have here is like family, and everyone contributes. The sales guys can’t do it without the parts and service people. The parts people rely on the guys that wash and service the machines before they go back out to rent them.

“We built this company on service and service sells. Service keeps them coming back. I think that’s what a lot of people miss out on.”

As the company continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Lynch envisions the company having a few more locations in the next five years, including a location in Virginia. Plans are currently under way to expand into that area this summer.

“We’re already selling equipment and renting to areas that are 120 to 150 miles away, which we can’t service fully at the moment. So we’ll set up there like we did here. I don’t think it’ll be a school gymnasium again, though.”—CEG

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Low Country JCB Celebrates Anniversary – Construction News

Low Country JCB Celebrates Anniversary :: Story ID: 34574 :: Construction Equipment Guide


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition


(L-R): Jessica and Chris Shea, Low Country JCB owners, welcome Richard Fox-Marrs, JCB North America president and CEO, and Dusty Zeigler, original founding partner of Low Country Machinery and retired NFL lineman.

(L-R): Jessica and Chris Shea, Low Country JCB owners, welcome Richard Fox-Marrs, JCB North America president and CEO, and Dusty Zeigler, original founding partner of Low Country Machinery and retired NFL lineman.

Low Country JCB hosted a 15th anniversary celebration open house on May 12 at the company’s headquarters facility in Pooler, Ga. In addition to showing appreciation to the company’s valued customers, the event served as a celebration of the recent purchase of the distributorship by previous Low Country sales manager, Chris Shea.

A terrific crowd came out to celebrate the success of this distributorship and to see the newest JCB products, including the all-new JCB Hydradig, Teleskid, and Scissor Lifts. Guests also enjoyed the catered lunch and giveaways.

A number of representatives from JCB made their way from the JCB North American headquarters facility located virtually next door to Low Country JCB to show their support and to lend a hand in making this event a great success.—CEG

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