Backhoe Loaders Handle Site Work, Emergency Repairs

September 28, 2010

Berlin, NJ-based Mount Construction, one of the state's largest emergency response contractors, recently acquired four new John Deere 310SJ and four 310SJ backhoe loaders to handle their statewide site work, road construction and 24-hour emergency utility repair services.

Mount Construction has consistently grown over the past few years by providing services such as site prep, demolition, recycling, milling, paving, water and sewer installation, and light bridge work, to name a few. They are also one of the leading emergency response contractors in the state of New Jersey, handling over 200 response calls each year and have had open contracts with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Delaware River Port Authority.

“We have the capability to handle a variety of projects throughout the state. In most cases we control the entire project without having to sub out specific tasks,” says David Smith, CEO and founder of Mount Construction and vice president of the New Jersey Utility Transportation Contractors Association.

Currently, Mount Construction is working on a number of projects throughout the state of New Jersey, including the Logan Township Dream Park located in Gloucester County. The Dream Park will consist of 70 acres of the 300 acres acquired for the project and will include an indoor arena, two outdoor show rings, 250 stalls, 48 permanent stables, a schooling ring, two smaller warm up/cool down rings, and an area for overnight camping with 50 to 60 camper hookups. The Dream Park will be a part of the county's 1,540-acre park system. To date, Mount Construction has performed site prep services by stripping 60,000 yards of soil, 40,000 yards of DGA and has completed underground utility work and paving of the parking lots and access roads.

In addition to the Dream Park, Mount Construction has numerous contracts with counties and townships to provide them with emergency response services and utility and pipe work services. Just recently, Willingboro MUA contacted Mount Construction regarding a sinkhole created by a collapsed main line sewer interceptor that ran under Beverly-Rancocas Road, a four-lane highway. Mount Construction was on site within one hour to set up traffic control devices and begin installing approximately 1 mile of bypass piping to handle the 10 million gallons of sewage per day.

Along with the bypass pipeline, Mount Construction also relocated water mains and fiber optic lines and had to suspend and support a gas line. Once the underground utilities were taken care of, they shifted their focus to the removal of the bridge approach decks over the sewer pipeline. Mount Construction removed 6-foot by 8-foot bridge slabs and recycled them at their yard. They then removed 2,700 yards of material during the excavation process, replaced 700 linear feet of pipe with 36-inch-diameter SDR 35 PVC pipe, and constructed four new manholes. Mount's construction crews worked 24 hours a day and seven days a week to complete the project in just two short months.

With these types of projects, Mount was in need of a backhoe that could handle a large amount of work, increase their productivity and give them consistent uptime. Mount's current equipment fleet consists of well over 200 pieces, 16 of which are backhoe loaders. “Backhoes are the perfect tool for utility work and are consistently used by our milling and paving crews,” says Smith.

Mount Construction began their backhoe loader demo process with a few construction equipment dealerships in the area, one of them being JESCO, a New Jersey John Deere construction equipment dealership. “JESCO brought a John Deere 310SJ tool carrier backhoe to one of our projects in the city of Camden for a demo,” says Smith. “We wanted to test out the backhoe in an urban work environment since we use most of our backhoes in those types of locations.”

The John Deere stacked up well against the competition, and Mount went to JESCO for another demo of the John Deere 310SJ tool carrier. “Our entire team of operators, management and service personnel are very involved when considering new equipment,” says Smith. “These are company-wide decisions, and we wanted the entire team to see the machine. After the two demos with JESCO, it was obvious that we would go with John Deere.”

Like most construction companies, Mount Construction depends on their equipment to help meet their project deadlines, especially for emergency service projects. “It's all about uptime,” says Smith. “Every piece of equipment needs servicing at some point, regardless of the brand. Our service department works with JESCO, who has a large parts inventory to help eliminate downtime,” adds Smith.

Mount's new John Deere backhoes are working at various locations around the state. “We have one in Wildwood working on sewer improvements, one in Medford Township installing storm sewers, one working with the milling and paving crew on the Route 295 project, one at the Logan Dream Park, and another dedicated to our emergency response team,” says Smith. “We use these backhoes everywhere from emergency work to landscape work.”