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STM Trucks & Machinery delivers great service to AttCall Civil Contractors

STM Kobelco machine

Two decades of great service from STM Trucks & Machinery has made a loyal customer of a NSW-based contractor.

AttCall Civil Contractors has for the better part of three decades been providing its NSW client base a range of earthmoving, excavation and demolition services. The family-owned company has over this time also progressively expanded its capabilities, branching out from its civil origins into areas including haulage and dry hire.

Initially starting out as a one-man, one-truck operation in 1995, Owner and Managing Director Clinton McKinnon and wife Michelle have since presided over the steady growth of the business, with the wider AttCall Group now having over 80 full-time staff on its books.

Brandon McKinnon, AttCall Operations Manager, told EEM the business has gone from strength to strength since its early days, carving out a niche for itself in the wider civil sector while adding to its platform of core offerings. Having himself started out as an apprentice mechanic at AttCall, before taking on various roles in its workshop and across the operations side of the company, Brandon has seen firsthand how it has evolved in recent years.

“It’s become AttCall Group, because over the years we’ve taken on more than just the civil base of our business,” Brandon explained. “It’s grown significantly since my dad started it nearly 30 years ago.
“Among the group, we have diversified into different sectors of business within the construction industry, civil contracting, bulk haulage, heavy haulage and plant hire. Each division allows for synergies, which in turn help provide a complete package of services for our valued clients.”

Quality project delivery backed by a strong client-first focus

Brandon told EEM that AttCall’s reputation has been built not only around its quality, on-time project delivery, backed by an experienced and highly skilled team, but is also based in large part on its strong client-first focus behind the scenes.

AttCall’s approach to client relations is underpinned by its team’s wide-ranging industry knowledge, with an overriding focus on reliability and open communications.

“I think that’s been showcased in our work throughout the years,” Brandon said. “I’d say our clients gravitate to that. Of course, they like to see the end result delivered on time with little interruptions, but they also like the way the AttCall team brings quick solutions to any issues that may arise.”

AttCall’s project portfolio – ranging from school developments to large commercial projects – continues to grow, with it having worked in conjunction with construction companies including including Mainbrace Constructions, Taylor Construction, Parkview Constructions and ADCO Constructions.

Brandon said that among its current projects, AttCall is undertaking work at two Ampol service stations in Pheasants Nest, with it currently the primary contractor for Mainbrace Constructions.

“We’re working on the north and south service stations, which are both still active at the same time,” he explained.

“We’re doing all the earthworks and other preparations, making sure the facility is still accessible, and once the new service stations go in, then we’ll come back through and demolish the existing service stations.”

Trimble system

Kobelco Trimble Ready excavators bring together a range of benefits

AttCall – which has long been running Kobelco excavators, with its fleet including around 50 models at a range of weight classes – has recently added a Kobelco SK235SR-5 24 t excavator, fitted with a Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform, to its line-up.

Kobelco Trimble Ready excavators are designed to make installation of the Trimble machine control system faster, easier and less expensive, comprising a simple hand tools install, and paving the way for greater flexibility in line with customer requirements.

The Trimble system enables automatic control of the bucket and boom position when operating in a semi-autonomous mode, with the operator simply needing to position the machine and pull back on the arm control stick where the grade needs to be cut.

The system, which also works with tilting buckets and tilt hitches, automatically controls the boom and bucket to keep the cutting edge on grade according to the site plan.

Brandon described the system as “a platform for our job sites”, telling EEM AttCall was initially impressed with the comprehensive product support provided by Trimble authorised dealer SITECH Solutions, which backs its product portfolio with expert training.

“The fact that they were willing to put the training in place first, so we were very comfortable with the system, helped a lot,” he said. “They literally stripped everything back and explained it from the base up.”

Paired with the Trimble system, the SK235SR-5 combines machine control technology with a range of performance and efficiency benefits.

The SK235SR-5’s strong drawbar pulling force (246 kN) produces powerful travel capabilities, enabling it to handle steep slopes and rough roads with ease, while its minimal swing radius (the tail of the upper body extends very little past the crawlers) improves efficiency.

In addition to this, it enables productive working ranges (a maximum digging depth of 6.65 m and a maximum digging reach of 9.85 m), while its compact design allows for continuous 180 degree dig, swing and load operations within a working space of just 3.68m.

Inside the cab

STM Trucks & Machinery gearing up for a busy year ahead

Brandon told EEM that AttCall has been dealing with STM Trucks & Machinery for over two decades, with STM not only backing its sales process with expert product knowledge, but also providing comprehensive after-sales service.

“It’s a hats off to not just the sales reps, but their servicing as well,” he said. “They maintain our equipment to a higher standard, and they don’t miss a beat. This includes contacting us to book in servicing, meaning we don’t have to go to them, and they fit in with our hours.”

STM Marketing Manager Adrian Salvaggio said STM is gearing up for a big year ahead, with the construction industry’s increasing focus on automation and efficiency likely to see high demand for advanced equipment and machinery.

In addition to this, Adrian noted expected continued growth in the logistics and transport space will be a factor in driving product demand.

“That’s why we will continue to invest in the latest innovations, along with our sales, finance, and after-sales support teams, to ensure we are providing the best service possible across Sydney, Wollongong, Bathurst and Canberra,” he said.

“This approach and maintaining our strong market presence will position us well for success in the coming year. As always, we make every decision and measure every outcome based on how well it serves our customers.”

 

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