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Building trust: ProPag and Jetland Loading Ramps

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ProPag Civil & Earthworks is a young Melbourne business on the rise. EEM sits down with Director Jesse Pagonis to find out about his work, his gear, and how reliable accessories – like Jetland Loading Ramps – help make his life easier.

Melbourne’s ProPag Civil & Earthworks has only been around for three years, but Director Jesse Pagonis and his close-knit team have achieved a lot in a short time.

“We started about three years ago, just doing small earthworks jobs with a 5.5-tonne excavator and a tandem tipper,” he says. “We were doing pretty much just whatever work we could to keep the business going.

“Since then, I’ve put together a great team of three other young guys, and we all get along and work together really well. My partner has since joined the business too. She handles all the admin, advertising, and finds all our work for us. It’s a good system.”

The ProPag fleet has grown too, and now comprises two additional excavators, a John Deere compact track loader, and two more tipper trucks. And Jesse says they’re still just getting started.

“We’re looking to add a 14-tonne excavator this year, which will provide a big boost to our efficiency,” he says. “And we want to keep growing too, as long as we’re able to maintain the level of quality we deliver on our projects.”

Cutting a groove

Jesse says delivering quality work has been the key non-negotiable in all ProPag’s work from the get-go – whether it’s been earthworks, driveways, or tree removals. And having quickly established a reputation for well-executed projects, the ProPag team has seen demand increase to the point where they’ve been able to lean more heavily into their preferred earthmoving niche.

ProPag has grown quickly thanks to a focus on quality and efficiency. Image: Jesse Pagonis

“We now predominantly focus on site cuts and retaining walls,” Jesse says. “We’ve actually become so busy with retaining walls that we’re considering creating an entire team dedicated to them, and then running a separate crew to do site cuts and excavation beforehand.”

ProPag is still equipped for a diverse range of projects – the team is currently busy clearing trees for a golf course firebreak – but Jesse says retaining wall jobs have been the most satisfying for him and his team.

“It started with a massive subdivision job we were doing, including the drainage and all the usual stuff,” he says. “Then the customer asked if we could do the retaining walls as well, so we figured we’d give it a shot and discovered that we were quite good at it.

“We all have a passion for machines, using them to build things, but then we all like being able to get out of the cab and work with our hands too. There’s an element of precision required in retaining walls as well, which is pretty satisfying.”

Jesse says his team soon become quite efficient in the whole retaining wall process, and as a result, the jobs have kept coming.

“Our growth has been far quicker than I’d expected,” he says. “It’s just taken off, which has allowed me to add to the fleet, and put together a really good team.”

Ramping up

In putting together ProPag’s fleet, Jesse has kept efficiency front of mind.

“So far, our 5.5-tonne excavator and compact track loader has been an awesome combo,” he says. “And once we add the 14-tonner, that will take us to next level.

“We already have the trucks and tag trailers in our fleet, so we’ll be able to put the track loader in the back of our Kenworth, the 14-tonner
on a tri-axle tag behind it, and our 5.5 and 3.5-tonners in our other tandem and tag trailer.

“With that setup, we’ll be able to go out as a full package and smash out a lot of work.”

One crucial – and often overlooked – element of an efficient fleet like ProPag’s is tough, reliable loading ramps. And Jesse says he stumbled onto a very good thing when he made his first purchase from Jetland Loading Ramps.

Jesse initially reached out to Jimmy and the team at Jetland simply because they were local. But he says this quickly proved to be a good choice for all the right reasons.

“Firstly, they were open on Sundays, so that was a bonus given we’re generally working six days a week,” Jesse says. “I called Jimmy up, and he said to come down and check out the range.

“He’s a very nice bloke, very accommodating, and was keen to chat and learn about my business. I ended up purchasing a set of ramps then and there, and I’ve bought another two sets since.”

Jesse says despite getting more than their fair share of use every day, his Jetland ramps have not missed a beat.

“All of our sets are in the 6-tonne rated range, in a couple of different lengths for different situations,” he says. “We’ve definitely pushed them to their limits, but we’ve still had absolutely no issues whatsoever. They’re very high-quality products.”

Another reason Jetland has stood out to Jesse is the fact that Jimmy and his team are committed to refining and improving their products.

“No matter how good your product is, there’s always something to improve on,” Jesse says. “That’s something that’s great about Jimmy – he’s always thinking about improvements to the designs, and his products are always getting better.

“The most recent set of Jetland Loading Ramps we bought are about 20kg lighter than the last pair, which was quite a surprise. I was a bit worried at first, thinking that they wouldn’t be able to hold up like the last set. But like the older ones, they’ve been absolutely perfect, and they’re much easier to handle.”

 

The ProPag team puts its Jetland Loading Ramps through their paces on a daily basis. Image: Jesse Pagonis

Jesse has also recently opened the conversation about some custom-designed ramps from Jetland – a conversation Jimmy and his team were more than willing to have.

“We’re hoping to get something made to allow us to drive from a tag trailer into the back of a truck without removing the trailer,” Jesse says. “No one makes aluminium ramps for that purpose, and Jimmy’s open to working with us on that, and doing a bit of R&D together.

“He was the only one who was willing to talk to me about this line of work. Everybody else either wasn’t interested, or just wanted to make them out of steel – but they’d just be far too heavy.”

But based on his experience so far, Jesse is confident that anything Jetland manufactures is going to withstand anything he and his team can throw at it.

“We just want to be able to use our ramps without worrying about them,” he says. “And with Jetland, there’s just no concern as to whether they’ll be okay. We’ve never had an issue with them, so it’s just one less thing that we have to think about. We highly recommend Jetland loading ramps.”

For more information, please visit jetlandramps.com.au

 

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