Patten CAT, of Elmhurst, Ill., was appointed as an authorized MB America Dealership. Patten will be a stocking dealer, making MB crushing and screening attachments available at all of its branches.
Len Scala, Patten Industries equipment sales operations administrator, first discovered the MB attachments in the summer of 2011, while researching another project. By August, discussions began between Scala, MB America Inc. CEO Max Ravazzolo and MB’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Casey Reed.
A demolition demonstration was set up for Nov. 30, 2011, at Patten’s headquarters, in Elmhurst. Reed, along with Patten CAT Technician Steve Rajzer, prepared a Caterpillar 336 for the demonstration. Don Styx, Patten’s demo operator, rolled the 336 out to an audience ready for some serious crushing.
“A good part of the audience were sewer and water guys,” Scalla recalled. “They had heard about the crusher and wanted to see it working. Seeing that they could just pull up curbing and crush it right there was a big selling point. One customer was saying he spends big bucks to haul waste off for crushing and then to haul it back for reuse. After the demonstration, he was ready to buy. He knew the unit would pay for itself quickly.”
Within the two hour demonstration, MB’s crusher demolished numerous buckets of cement. Customers who asked how quickly the output size could drop from 5 to 2 in. (12.7 to 5 cm) waited only moments.
From attendance, to equipment performance, the event was a success and an alliance was formed between the two companies.
MB crushing and screening buckets attach to any excavator of 9 tons (8 t) and up. They are practical for on-site demolition, excavation, roadwork, quarries and more. The equipment is suited for all demolition and earth-moving situations; offers fast project start-ups; defrays recycling and fuel charges (associated with hauling waste to a dump); and is economically friendly, according to the company.