Pidacks Grows From One-Man Crew to Successful Crushing Operation

Mon March 21, 2016 - Northeast Edition

R.S. Pidacks Inc.’s equipment is washed and serviced regularly.
R.S. Pidacks Inc.’s equipment is washed and serviced regularly.
R.S. Pidacks Inc.’s equipment is washed and serviced regularly. R.S. Pidacks Inc. will travel up to 100 mi. from its quarry in Livermore, Maine, to a customer’s job site to process material. Robert Pidacks, owner and founder of R.S. Pidacks Inc., fires up the first new machine he bought from Chadwick-BaRoss in 2002. This Volvo L220E loader still operates on his sites and holds high sentimental value to Pidacks. Adam Lampron (L), sales representative of Chadwick-BaRoss, helped Robert Pidacks, owner of R.S. Pidacks Inc., when it was time to expand the fleet. Adam Lampron (L), sales representative of Chadwick-BaRoss, and Robert Pidacks, owner of R.S. Pidacks Inc., stand in front of Pidacks’s newly purchased EC380 excavator. R.S. Pidacks Inc. uses this Terex Cedarapids MVP 380 cone crusher when working off site. This KPI/JCI 2650 track jaw is able to crush and screen material to meet the needs of customers. R.S. Pidacks Inc. specializes in portable crushing and screening services in addition to aggregate product sales and demolition work.

In 1983, Robert Pidacks was a one-man operation with a mid-sized fleet that consisted of a rubber-tired backhoe loader, two dozers and a dump truck. He performed general excavation work, site work, logging road construction, timber bridge building and plowing commercial parking lots and private driveways.

Today, he owns two complete portable crushing plants and a quarry with more than 20 pieces of equipment in his fleet and travels up to 100-mi. from home to a customer's job site to process material to their specifications. His company, R.S. Pidacks Inc., located in Livermore, Maine, specializes in portable crushing and screening services, demolition work, concrete demolition waste recycling and aggregate product sales. The company sells anything from reclaimed asphalt to screened sand, rip rap, crushed stone, crushed gravel, gray-stone dust and more.

The Road to Success

In the early 1990s, Pidacks ventured into snow removal on the highway and spent five years plowing roads for the town of Roxbury. In 1992, he was working for the paper companies, doing the logging road maintenance. They always needed gravel to fix the roads, and it was very rocky from where they would dig it out of the gravel pits.

Pidacks became aware that there was a high demand for crushing and screening services, and purchased his first small jaw crusher and began getting his feet wet with the portable crushing and screening industry. He had an evolving diverse operation that required him to expand his equipment fleet to meet the demands of the jobs.

A Key Relationship

In 1995, Pidacks rented his first Volvo loader from Chadwick-BaRoss and shortly after purchased his first Volvo Michigan loader, which opened the door for a continued relationship with Chadwick's parts and service department.

“Chadwick-BaRoss has been very instrumental in my growth,” said Pidacks.

In 2001, he purchased a 99 L220D Volvo loader and in 2002 he purchased a L220E loader from Jeremy Jordan, who is now the general manager at Chadwick's Westbrook, Maine, location.

The L220E was Pidacks first new equipment purchase, and is still in operation at a job site in Lewiston, Maine at the time of interview.

“The local competitor wouldn't give me the time of day when I was interested in expanding my fleet, even after doing previous business with them. Chadwick-BaRoss, however, provided me with excellent rental rates, was extremely friendly and trustworthy. They allowed me to test out the equipment in the lot, and have followed-through with amazing customer support for over a decade. They understand what the end-user like myself is looking for, and continue to work with me to find products that fit my needs and my budget,” said Pidacks.

Pidacks recently came to Adam Lampron, Chadwick-BaRoss sales representative, looking for a way to be able to more efficiently move his large portable crushing gear by getting loaders with forks on them. He also wanted both of his crews to have comparable machines for production purposes.

His fleet expansion consisted of a Volvo EC380E excavator, a Volvo L220H wheel loader and a Volvo 250H loader. Both loaders were ordered with custom buckets and couplers for 8 ft. (2.4 m) pallet forks, which is a unique feature to have on such a large piece of equipment. The equipment purchase has drastically helped increase productivity and limit downtime, according to Pidacks.

R.S. Pidacks Inc. looks forward to its continued growth within the crushing/screening and aggregate industry and servicing its customers throughout Maine.

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