Video: This Contractor Salvages Flood-Damaged Equipment to Boost Fleet

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Jason Guelig Excavating of Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, is one of Equipment World’s 12 finalists for the 2021 Contractor of the Year award.

Jason Guelig started the company in 2004 with an $81,000 loan to buy a dump truck and a backhoe. Since then he has grown his business to 20 employees and 80 pieces of construction equipment.

In this video, he discusses a tactic that has helped him add used equipment to his fleet at a low purchase price. He searches around for salvaged equipment, like those that have been flooded. He then repairs them and puts them back into service.

He also focuses on new technology for his equipment, increasing the number of machines he has with 3D machine control. The technology has helped him boost productivity to the point where he would never go back.

Jason also discusses his involvement with the School to Work program. He reaches out to local high school seniors to offer them an opportunity to learn the construction business. He enjoys teaching the students about the industry, and in turn, some participants have stayed on with his company after graduation.

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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