Equipment Inventory Keeps Installer Self-Reliant

Handling every aspect of a job in-house means complete control over the project schedule
Equipment Inventory Keeps Installer Self-Reliant

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Charlie Fisher would rather buy a lot of equipment than depend on other contractors in order to complete his work.

Fisher owns Ken-Way Excavating of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along with Pat and Dan Zamastil. They offer a wide range of services to their customers, and have even brought pipe bursting into their onsite work because it can make many jobs so much easier.

Fisher and his partners have found this to be the best route to profitability. “I don’t like to call other subcontractors to accomplish a contract. It makes us more effective and a lot more productive if we can do everything internally, and we don’t have to source out things that affect our schedule or maybe the outcome of our job,” he says.

“So the pipe burster is great, but without the dump truck, and the excavator, and the vac truck, and the trench boxes … everything comes together as one function.” 

For example, when he and his partners started their business in March 2010, they had no dump trucks and had to hire all the trucking work.

“So we know today how valuable a dump truck is,” Fisher says.

When they need a truck, now it’s there. There is no longer the stress of trying to find someone who can fit their trucking schedule into Ken-Way’s project schedule, or worse, the risk of having one or more job schedules delayed by the lack of a truck.

And all of the company’s six dump trucks are the same. All are Macks with the same chassis, same transmission, same rear end, and the same motor.

It makes it easier on the drivers. “When something breaks we have the parts on the shelf,” he says. “We can maintain them and fix them. It’s simple.”

Read more about Ken-Way Excavating in the May issue of Onsite Installer. 


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