N.Y.’s Tri-State Paving Smoothes the Way With LeeBoy
Gary Wade (L), president of All Island Equipment and Carl Girolamo, president of Tri-State Paving pose with Tri-State’s custom painted LeeBoy paver.
Carl Girolamo, president of Tri-State Paving, gives the LeeBoy paver a try.
Tri-State Paving, a site excavation, paving, concrete and demolition company in Deer Park, N.Y., needed a paver. After an extensive demo process, it selected a LeeBoy 8816B.
“A number of things really impressed us about the LeeBoy, ” said Carl Girolamo, co-owner, along with his brothers Alex and Chris, of Tri-State. “The paver is fully automated, computerized, and everything is completely accessible. The machine is amazingly user-friendly. All of the technology and all of the features that you would expect on a full-sized highway paver are in this LeeBoy machine,”
When Girolamo purchased his LeeBoy 8816B with a heated electric screed, it was one of the first models of this machine off the assembly line. It is an 8 to 15-ft. (2.4 to 4.5 m) paver that extends to 18 ft. (5.5 m) and is equipped with a Topcon grading system.
“All Island Equipment is our local LeeBoy dealer. Once Gary Wade, the owner of All Island Equipment, and his brother Daryl, the service manager, convinced me that they were well equipped to properly support the LeeBoy equipment, purchasing the 8816B became our obvious choice.
“I’m a tough sell. It took Gary Wade 10 years to sell me a piece of equipment. We have no regrets at all,” Girolamo added.
“We are very impressed with the LeeBoy paver. It is definitely giving us a better finished mat than any other paver we have previously used. The screed has very consistent heat, which results in a more consistent product,” Girolamo said.
“For its size, the paver is very strong. Our first project was on Staten Island and we were amazed at how well it would push a truck up a steep hill.
“The size of the machine gives us great versatility. We can go from paving a road to a parking lot without switching machines. We [also] were very impressed with the turning radius of the LeeBoy. That certainly helped with the flexibility of the paver.”
To date, Tri-State Paving has had no service issues whatsoever with its new paver and has been pleased with All Island Equipment’s support.
“When we have needed technical support from All Island Equipment, they have been right there and did an excellent job in training our people in the use of the machine,” Girolamo said.
About Tri-State Paving
The Girolamo brothers founded Tri-State Paving 10 years ago. The company gets its name from the area it serves: metropolitan New York, Connecticut and Long Island. It has a fleet of machines in excess of 50 pieces and serves all types of customers, including commercial, municipal, New York City Housing Authority and New York City Parks Department.
Tri-State Paving also does a lot of work for chain retailers such as Walgreens. Other than the construction of the building, it handles the entire job, including excavating, installing the utilities, paving, curbing, street lighting, landscaping and painting the lines in the parking lot.
For more information, visit www.allislandequipment.com or www.tri-statepaving.com.
(This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG