Company Overview

Industry
Civil Site Solutions for Engineers, Contractors, Architects, and Owners
Locations
100 facilities
Region
Worldwide, Every major U.S. city, all 50 states
Employees
1300+
Fleet
400
Goals
Increase EBITDA
Optimize Cash Flow
Move Costs from Variable to Fixed
Attract and Retain Talent
Growing the Business; Outsource Non-Core Functions
Our vehicles provide a lot of confidence that we can deliver to our customers what they need, when they need it. We just rely on our vehicles to operate routinely for us without really giving it a whole lot of thought.
NOBLE LEVESQUE
Plant Manager

Transcript of Contech Engineered Solutions L.L.C’s

JOE KUHN, Area Manufacturing Manager: “Contech is an engineering sight solutions company. We basically are a sales organization that happens to manufacture products also.”

NOBLE LEVESQUE, Plant Manager: “What we do is we produce precast storm structures, bridge components, and also the associated pieces that go with it- whether it’s express foundations, or wing walls and head walls.”

JOE: “I have facilities in *Palmer, Massachusetts *Greencastle, Pennsylvania *Summit, Kentucky   *Inglewood, Tennessee   *Cookeville, TN.   I’m on the road about 75% of the time.”

NOBLE: “Our vehicles provide a lot of confidence that we can deliver to our customers what they need, when they need it. Whether it’s plywood, or 2×4’s, 2×6’s, insulation materials, we just rely on our vehicles to operate routinely for us without really giving it a whole lot of thought.”

JOE: “Right now we have about 150 Sales Engineers out in the field. All if not most have a vehicle supplied by Mike Albert. I have friends that have vehicles and they’re always worried about different things like “Oh, I’ve got to get a new vehicle!” or “Maintenance is taking forever!”. In general if you start to have an issue with a truck, you call Mike Albert and they’ll set up an appointment for you. They take care of all the maintenance. Personally, it de-complicates my life a tremendous amount. One thing that we really like about Mike Albert leasing is it’s taken a variable cost and made it more or less a fixed cost. So, we know what our cost is related to company vehicles month in and month out and it helps us plan. Where, right now our forklifts, we have a very aging fleet. The repair and maintenance keeps going up, and we don’t necessarily know from a planning standpoint how much we’re going to spend one year to the next. So, we’re actually looking at what we’ve done with Mike Albert and actually seeing if we can apply that to the forklifts. And, at one point we actually had three people managing our vehicles and mileage and all those things and over the last couple of years we’ve actually rolled all that over to Mike Albert.”

NOBLE: “Oftentimes vehicles get switched from division to division. One of our vehicles came from Utah, and with that – with the whole transfer process of getting this vehicle from one plant to the other – it was handled essentially seamlessly for us. And the next thing I knew, our logistics team was working with Mike Albert to coordinate the details of getting that vehicle here.

There’s a lot of things that go on in our day here, whether it’s managing customer demands, or making sure that trucks are getting loaded properly and heading down the road with their permits, and so on. This is just one aspect of our business that we don’t have to spend a lot of energy fussing about.”

 

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