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Astec Underground, Ring-O-Matic Form Marketing Alliance for Vacuum Excavators

Mon May 23, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

ASTEC Underground, based in Loudon, Tenn., has entered into a marketing alliance with Ring-O-Matic Inc., of Pella, Iowa, that will allow the Ring-O-Matic line of vacuum excavators to be marketed under the Astec name and through the Astec Underground world-wide family of dealers.

“We believe the Ring-O-Matic product line complements our HDD products very well,” said Doug Zukowski, Astec Underground vice president, sales and marketing. “These high-quality products give our customers another underground construction solution that will make their work safer and more productive.”

“The vacuum excavators are an excellent machine to help locate existing underground utilities that may be in a horizontal drill’s path,” said Bob Zylstra, CEO of Ring-O-Matic. “Physically locating utilities near the drill path is a best-practice for contractors to improve safety and to reduce the likelihood of damaging a pre-existing utility. Selling horizontal drills and vacuum excavators together is a natural fit for our dealers and their customers. This alliance will help create additional value for contractors, Astec Underground, our dealers, and Ring-O-Matic.”

Ring-O-Matic is located in central Iowa and has been manufacturing vacuum excavators since 1996. Ring-O-Matic brought many “firsts” to the vacuum excavator market making it an innovator for vacuum excavators. The Ring-O-Matic Cyclo-Jet pothole excavator tool is one of the fastest and cleanest excavators of its type. Today, Ring-O-Matic offers a wide variety of vacuum excavators with spoils tank capacities up to 2,000 gal. and up to 83 hp.

Astec Underground manufactures walk-behind and ride-on utility trenchers, vibratory plows and horizontal directional drills, along with related parts and accessories, Trencor line of high-performance rock trenchers, surface miners, Road Miners, and related equipment, and Astec EarthPro geothermal drills. These products are manufactured at the company’s 360,000-sq.-ft. facility in Loudon, Tenn.

Astec trenchers and HDDs are sold and supported through a worldwide network of 62 dealers that operate more than 155 locations. Astec EarthPro geothermal drills and Trencor machines are sold direct from the factory and through a network of agents and dealers worldwide. They’re supported through a dedicated parts and service center available 24-hours a day.

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