Ascendum Machinery Inc.

On Nov. 22, Ascendum Machinery hosted a customer appreciation event at its Charlotte, N.C., location featuring the Volvo EC200E — a 20-ton size class excavator that appears in the Discovery Channel television show "Gold Rush." To celebrate the 10th season of Gold Rush, Volvo Construction Equipment is proud to share its special edition machine, with a few items that makes it one of a kind.

You likely never knew it, but chances are you've already seen the fruits of Mirimichi Green's line of products on television or even while strolling the grounds of the "Happiest Place on Earth." Based in Wilmington, N.C., Mirimichi Green produces soil amendments, composts and top-end dressing for consumers as large as Major League Baseball, the PGA and Disney World, among others.

For Greg Sitton, work has always operated as a family affair — even before founding his own business, Sitton Construction, 35 years ago in Tennessee. Sitton's father worked many industry-related jobs, from electrical installation to plumbing to home building, the latter of which birthed a successful real estate business to list his growing number of properties.

Ascendum Machinery hosted an open house at its Asheville, N.C., location March 25 to introduce its new partnership with LeeBoy. Ascendum, the largest Volvo Construction Equipment dealership in both the United States and the world, began carrying LeeBoy equipment Jan.

Ascendum Machinery, a Volvo Construction Equipment dealer with more than 15 locations across the southeast and North Dakota, is the recipient of Volvo CE's Uptime Award for 2018. The award acknowledges the company's aftermarket and customer-support efforts through consistent, timely, and reliable parts and service support in its service territory.

VT LeeBoy recently announced Ascendum Machinery will serve as its new equipment dealership in western North Carolina. "From the beginning of the negotiations, Ascendum's commitment to the product support side of the business exceeded our expectations," said Bryce Davis, general sales manager of LeeBoy.

When Blake Stanley graduated from college, he immediately joined the new metals recycling company that his grandfather Ronnie Strange had started up just months before. Strange launched the business with the help of two other partners, and Stanley soon learned that who you know is often as important as what you know, to get a new enterprise off the ground.