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5LLarryWeldontookthetruckingcompanyhisgrandfatherstartedanddevelopeditintoaservicecompany.ForthelastsixyearsDoeWeldonTruckingCompanyInc.hasworkedattheAEPCardinalplantinBrilliantOhiopro-vidinghaulingandotherservicesfortheenergycompany.InthespanofsixyearsithasbecomeaprettygoodbusinessWeldonsaidexplainingthathisMingoJunction-basedcompanyhasgrownfromthreedumptrucksto13andhehasaddedseveralotherpiecesofequipmenttomeettheneedsoftheplant.Weldonhaulscoaltotheplantandtakesashandgypsumby-productsfromtheplanttothelandfill.OtherservicesWeldonprovidestotheplantincludemaintenanceworksuchasdiggingditchesandrepairingroads.WeldonbecameaColumbusEquipmentCompanycustomerwhenhegottheCardinalcontract.HepurchasedanewKomatsudozerloaderandbackhoetoreplacetheolder-modelCATequipmentthecompanyhadbeenusing.WewerentintoequipmentenoughtobedescribedasaCATguyoranykindofaguyWeldonexplained.Thatsaidwedidntrelyuponittotheextentwedonow.WhenIlookedatbuyingfromCaterpillarorKomatsusomeofthethingsthatKomatsuofferedmadeadifference.Thosefactorsincludedmachineperformanceandoperator-friendlycabssaidColumbusEquipmentsalesrepJoeMoore.TheydontrunabigfleetsotheyreallypayattentiontofuelconsumptionandtheylikethefueleconomyKomatsumachinesoffer.Joeisveryknowledgeable.HehasbeenintheindustryforeverandhisexperiencehasbeenabighelptomeWeldonsaid.IfIneedapieceofequip-mentIknowJoecanbeinstrumentalingettingmewhatIneed.AmongtheKomatsuequipmentWeldonownsisaD61dozerpurchasedsixyearsagoandaD65purchasedearlierthisyear.ThecompanyalsoownsaWA450wheelloaderaWB140backhoeandaPC138excavator.TheWA450iskeptatthepowerplantwhereoperatorsuseittoloadthewastematerialsintodumptrucks.ThedozersarebothstationedatthelandfillwhereWeldonTruckinghaulsthewasteashandgypsum.Thegypsumisaby-productofemission-controlsystemsthecoal-firedplantusestomeetEPAguidelinesandWeldonTruckinghaulsmorethan500000tonsofitannu-ally.ItsnotaharmfulsubstanceWeldonnotedbutbecauseofitsmoisturecontentabout8percenthehastouseheatedbedsonhistrucksinthewinterandcoverthebeds.NEWERADAWNSFOR1919FAMILYOPERATIONWeldonTruckingOperatorDarinKirkbridegradesandcompactsgypsuminaTrimbleGPS-guidedKomatsuD65WXattheAEPCardinalPlantsResidualWasteLandfillSite.DoeWeldonTruckingCompanytracesitshistorybackto1919whenHaroldRussellWeldonstartedhaulingwithonepickup-sizedtruck.