In 1996, David Perry, CEO of HydrauliCircuit Technology (HCT) was busy assembling and selling hydraulic kits for attachments from his garage.
The company, which specializes in production of easy to install hydraulic kits to operate attachments or combination of attachments on excavators, loader backhoes and wheel loaders, wasn’t there for long, however, as growth came quickly for the Jonesboro, Ga., company; the following year Perry moved the operation out of the garage and into a 3,000 sq.-ft.-facility and hired staff members.
In 1998 he had to double his square footage required to build hydraulic kits, and then again in 1999. In 2009, he expanded yet again.
This latest expansion puts HCT into a facility that is almost triple the size of the previous location — 35,000 sq. ft. — and was purposely designed by Perry and built for further expansion of his business.
“The previous facility was only 13,500 sq. ft. and we were completely full. To accommodate production, we had to rent additional space in adjacent buildings,” Perry said.
Situated on a 12.5 acre site located on a street appropriately named Fluid Drive, in McDonough, Ga., the new site was chosen to provide the company with plenty of space for expansion and loading and off-loading machines. The square footage is broken down to 25,000 for shop space and 10,000 for office.
The new facility provides more space for design, assembly, shipping and storage of hydraulic kits. It also equates to providing HCT with capabilities it did not have before, and is equipped with brand new machinery, including digital automated tube bending equipment; semi automatic phased pulse MIG welding; and in-house powder coating ovens for components. A new sandblast booth and phosphate steam degreaser will provide cleaned and degreased components to work on or to powder coat. There are a total of five shop bays, four of which are dedicated bays for in house hydraulic kit installation and can accommodate virtually any machine the company provides work on.
“With more service bays we are able to accommodate more machines than ever before. We offer local dealers such attractive labor rates for installing the kits that they like to bring the machines to us. Having a particular model excavator or backhoe in our shop is the best way to obtain engineering information for producing hydraulic kits on other like machines. When a machine is in our shop, we’re not only installing a hydraulic kit, we’re doing a comprehensive study on the machine’s hydraulic and electronic system to develop the technology and engineering for numerous kit designs on that model.,” said HCT president, Navin Baliga.
All kits are custom built to match the machine and attachment specifications.
In looking back at the progression of his business, Perry said, “our original customer base was end users back in the early days of the company. Business then expanded more to equipment dealerships, which quickly became our largest customer base. Now, we are the OEM kit supplier to many attachment manufacturers. Most recently, we have begun to work with the carrier machine OEM’s. So we’re seeing the OEM as the direction for future business expansion. We think there will be opportunities with this new facility for the OEM’s to bring machines here. Whereas before, the hydraulic kits were shipped out and installed in the field, we can do research and development here for the OEMs.
“We already are working with companies such as Komatsu, John Deere, CNH Corp. Kobelco, Doosan, Link-Belt, Volvo, IHI, Kubota and Takeuchi. Right now, we are working with a manufacturer on engineering, design and development of wheel loader hydraulic kits for utilizing roll out buckets, hydraulic forks and different attachments where you need a third hydraulic function.”
Recently, HCT plumbed a brand new John Deere 850D, 85-ton excavator, at their facility in McDonough which was transported from the port of Savannah, Ga.
“Having a convenient location just off of Interstate 75, the JD850D was dropped off here for the work and then was transported on to the end user in Knoxville, Tenn. We anticipate more business being conducted in the same way in the future. Savannah is a major entry point for excavators and other machines coming into the U.S. We make it very convenient to drop off a machine at our facility to have the work done before being transported to its final destination,” Perry said.
“Looking back, it seems like there has been a natural progression of starting with end users, then to equipment dealers, then onto attachment manufacturers, and now to the manufacturers of the carrier machines. It has been a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to the next phase of growth for our company,” Perry said.
For more information, call 888/603-0080 or visit www.hctkits.com. CEG
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