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Pirtek Solves Contractors’ Hose Woes Right at Job Site

Wed June 20, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

At the job site, one of the last things a crew needs is an inoperable hose sidelining its efforts.

Though industries spend tens of millions of dollars on equipment technology, the usual routine for replacing a bad hose is anything but advanced. Countless hours and dollars are wasted going to a local hose supplier for a replacement. Some larger companies have the luxury of having their own inventory of hose and fittings along with a crimping machine, but often such equipment is nowhere near a job site.

Pirtek said it can help avoid such time-consuming and costly situations. The company offers on-site hose replacement and 24/7 service to industries including construction, manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, transportation and engineering, some of which have never been served by an on-site hose provider. Its mobile service vans usually arrive within one hour of a service call, carrying the component parts necessary to manufacture hose assemblies on-site and staffed by certified mobile sales and service technicians, who undergo a stringent training regimen.

Pirtek not only carries standard component parts to manufacture hose assemblies on-site, but also a wide range of European and Japanese metric fittings to match most any equipment and hard-to-find products many distributors don’t regularly stock.

For example, when a car manufacturing facility in Detroit had a breakdown in its production line that required a replacement hydraulic hose, its usual source was unable to obtain the required parts. The entire facility was at risk of being shut down at a huge expense if the repair wasn’t taken care of soon but a technician had the hose fitted within hours, allowing the line to resume without suffering any production losses.

“Pirtek is like the FedEx of the hose industry,” said Gwyn O’Kane, Pirtek USA’s vice president of franchise development. “Our customers are businesses that appreciate that the single-most valuable commodity in the world is time. Pirtek service reduces down time and saves these businesses money so they can make more money.”

Pirtek’s service centers provide the hub for its entry into metropolitan markets, which generally have minimum populations of 250,000 to 300,000. Each Pirtek service center has at least three mobile van units operating in a market, aimed at serving as many customers as possible.

There are currently 36 Pirtek service centers and more than 150 Pirtek mobile service vans throughout the United States. Projections call for 16 new service centers in 2007, increasing to 24 in 2008.

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