Video: N.Y. Contractor Reaps Benefits of 3D Machine Control

Chip Kronau Construction & Equipment of Poestenkilll, New York, is one of 12 finalists for Equipment World’s 2021 Contractor of the Year Award.

In this video, owner Chip Kronau Jr. discusses how technology has helped his company become more efficient and productive. The company expanded into 3D machine control starting in 2015. It now has two dozers and most recently a new excavator equipped with it.

Kronau estimates the technology shaves about 30% off the time for a typical grading job.

“If you don't get onto GPS, you're going to be pretty much left in the dust, and you're not going to be competitive with the rest of the companies that are using it,” he says.

Kronau also uses a paperless timekeeping system. It tracks workers’ time on the jobsite as well as equipment usage and materials and provides daily reports on the job, including keeping up with costs for billing clients.

Chip Kronau Construction & Equipment formed in 1998 when Chip Kronau purchased the excavation part of his father’s residential construction business. His first year ended with $300,000 in volume. Today, its annual revenues are $3 million to $5 million.

The company performs a variety of excavation projects, including commercial excavation and sitework for new building construction, subdivision infrastructure, and emergency municipal water, sewer and stormwater repairs.

The Equipment World Contractor of the Year program, now in its 21st year, has been sponsored by Caterpillar since its start. It recognizes contractors who display the highest standards of business acumen, equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement.

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