(L-R): Dean, John, Bill and William Nicolozakes.
When executives at Nicolozakes Trucking Company in Cambridge, Ohio, decided to buy a larger crane, the company spent months studying the options, looking at brands they had owned, and those they hadn’t. In the end, they chose to purchase their first Link-Belt crane, an HTC-3140 LB. Company leaders received the key to their new 140-ton (127 t) truck crane at the Link-Belt factory in Lexington in late November.
The long-boom crane “will allow us to better serve customers with additional capacity. The 3140 allows us to perform a wider array of services for our customers. The additional capacity also adds a considerable safety buffer for the type of work we typically do,” said William A. Nicolozakes, president. Previously, the company’s largest crane was 90 tons (81 t).
Nicolozakes Trucking & Construction Inc. provides specialized crane and rigging work, oil and gas services, plant relocations, specialized hauling and general contracting.
Several factors contributed to the purchase decision. One was the design of the machine.
“Link-Belt has gone above and beyond in delivering a user-friendly owner and operator experience,” said Dean Nicolozakes, company secretary-treasurer and a certified crane operator.
Another important factor was the customer support offered by Link-Belt and by Columbus Equipment Company, the Link-Belt dealer in Ohio. The Nicolozakeses toured the Link-Belt factory, where they were impressed by the company’s professionalism and attention to detail.
“We feel the Link-Belt training along with the support Columbus Equipment is providing is invaluable,” William Nicolozakes said. “We have a long history with Columbus Equipment. That weighed very heavily in our decision—they have a proven track record.”
Several Columbus Equipment representatives, including president Josh Stivison, attended the key ceremony to show their commitment to supporting their customer.
“Nicolozakes Trucking Company has purchased a number of cranes from Columbus Equipment Company over the years. They have expressed confidence in the current economy and feel it can be sustained,” said Bob Weber, Columbus Equipment’s vice president of product support. “The new HTC-3140 LB offers the customer state-of-the-art technology and benefits. We’ve long thought the market needed a truck crane of this size.”