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Louisville Contractor Experiences Zero Downtime With Gorilla Hammer

One equipment manager benefits from a long experience with Bale Equipment Solutions.

Thu July 31, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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Louisville Paving and Construction Company purchased the first three Case backhoe loaders sold by Bale Equipment Solutions when the dealership first took on the Case line in 2011, according to Tim Peters, equipment manager.

Peters’s history with various Bale Equipment Solutions personnel, however, extends back even further.

Peters got to know several of Bale Equipment Solutions’s employees over a 20-year period while employed by Louisville’s previous Case dealer.

For nine years Peters worked at the dealership as a mechanic for seven years and then as the rental manager for the balance of his tenure with the Case dealer. During his time there, Peters gained a lot of respect for Case machines. The knowledge he accumulated was put to good use when he joined Louisville Paving and Construction Company as equipment manager nine years ago.

Peters employs a studied approach toward analyzing equipment used by the company, considering a piece of equipment’s cost and determining value by monitoring productivity, maintenance issues, and longevity. When the company was awarded a pipeline contract a few years ago Peters felt it was time to purchase a new hammer. Over the years the company had owned hammers from several manufacturers and Peters wanted to shop around to see what other hammer suppliers had to offer.

Through his dealings with Bale Equipment Solutions, Peters learned that the dealership had taken on the Gorilla hammer line. After speaking with Gorilla Hammers President of Sales and Marketing Bob Tedesco he decided to give the hammer a try, and was not disappointed.

Contractors in the Louisville area are familiar with encountering limestone on just about every project that requires digging or moving dirt. When the limestone is blue you’re into extremely hard rock, according to Peters, yet the Gorilla Hammer is always up to the task.

Peters said that from an owner/operator standpoint, the Gorilla hammer has been an excellent investment. He has experienced very little downtime with hammer issues and the only money the company’s had to put into the hammer is for normal wear and tear replacement parts.

Peters added that 68 percent of the time their machines are running they have a hammer on them. Their Gorilla Hammer logs an average of 4,400 to 6,500 hours per year actively breaking rock with no downtime. They often use the Gorilla hammer to break boulders, sometimes 6 ft. (1.8 m) in diameter without issues. He added that Tedesco stops in frequently. As part of Gorilla’s innovative "hands-on" dealer program, Tedesco spends time addressing technicians’ concerns and questions regarding both Gorilla’s and other competitor’s hammers. "Gorilla’s product, backed by Bale Equipment, has been a winning combination for our company," said Peters

About Louisville Paving and

Construction Company

Louisville Paving and Construction Company began more than 60 years ago as a local driveway paving company in Louisville and has grown into a key highway contractor, working on projects from its home base in Louisville to Lexington and into southern Indiana.

Louisville Paving and Construction Company is a family owned business with roots that go back nearly 100 years when the Dougherty Coal Company was formed by Joseph Michael Dougherty in 1919.

As the company grew, it branched into paving operations, forming Louisville Paving Company in 1949. The company is a full service contractor involved in both highway and heavy construction and maintains a fleet of paving and site equipment. It employs the latest technologies for design, layout and GPS machine control for maximum efficiency, outstanding work quality and jobsite safety. The company is now managed by fourth-generation family members, John and Joe Dougherty. Along with Louisville Paving and Construction, the company also owns and manages two subsidiary divisions; Pace Contracting, performing heavy construction services involving water and sewage treatment plant construction and pump stations and structures. Material Transfer Company operates a fleet of dump and specialty trucks to service its other divisions.

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