Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8As a multifaceted company with divisions for large concrete structures, residential concrete, excavation, and foundations, Carroll, Ohio-based Thompson Concrete Ltd. depends upon reliable equipment. Because the company likes to keep the equipment consistent across all divisions for ease of maintenance, that equipment also has to be versatile. Three years ago, the company decided to update the compact loaders in its fleet, which was full of Caterpillar units at the time. The company demoed units from Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, and other brands for several months, with all the divisions getting to trial all options. In the end, Kubota’s SVL75 and SVL90 com- pact track loaders were the clear winner. Power, stability, visibility, and ease of maintenance were just some of the factors that led to Thompson choosing Kubota. Currently the company has 18 of the Kubota SVLs across all divisions, according to Bob Sykes, vice president of operations for Thompson Concrete Construction, the division that specializes in large concrete structures such as hospitals, parking garages, schools and prisons. “The Kubotas have great visibility, stability, and power. They are steady on the ground and they offer the horsepower we need to do the type of work we do,” said Sykes, whose division owns 10 of the track loaders including both the SVL75 (74.3 hp) and the SVL90 (92 hp). Thompson Concrete Construction, whose current projects include the new IKEA store in Columbus, uses the SVLs for a variety of support work, including back- filling with large volumes of gravel, handling material such as lumber and rebar, moving concrete forms, and digging with augers. They also use a laser grader box on one of the SVL90s. “We put quite a few hours on them; it’s not uncommon for us to put 500 to 700 hours per year on one of them,” Sykes said. “They are holding up very well. They are good on uptime. We have had no major issues at all.” Eric Markins, field operations manager for Thompson Concrete Ltd., has four of the SVL75 units in his division, which does all the concrete pouring for the company and works residential and commercial projects such as con- dominiums and retirement communities. “We use the Kubotas daily in a variety of ways,” Markins said. The division frequently uses the SVLs Thompson Concrete Ltd. Where Solid Foundations Start With Kubota The company demoed units from Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, and other brands for several months. Kubota’s SVL75 and SVL90 compact track loaders were the clear winner. Onsite at the new, Polaris Parkway IKEA store, just east of I-71. At 354,000 square feet, the Columbus store is expected to have 1,200 parking spaces on 33 acres and will open in the summer of 2017. The construction phase has created over 500 jobs. The location will offer 10,000 items and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties. 5