decade with the company, and his best dozer operator has been with him for 28 years. Jergens started using Komatsu intelligent machines in 2015, when he purchased his first D51i. Jergens, who has years of experience running an excavator but not much time in a dozer, found “the D51i was a joy to run. I put 400 hours on it myself that first season. The stress level is lower, you don’t have to constantly worry about grade.” He was so impressed, he purchased two more. In addition to eliminating grade checkers, the intelligent dozer helps operators perform better. “I can take a guy who wants to work hard, put him in the D51i, and he will perform like my best operator.” He thinks the intel- ligent machinery might even serve as a recruitment tool. “At some point, the younger generation will see it’s not a dirty, grimy job. It’s more like a video game … you’re looking at the job on a screen with a dozer icon.” Charles Jergens Construction has been a Columbus Equipment Company customer for decades and the com- pany owns at least one of almost every size excavator Komatsu makes, ranging from PC35 to PC490. The fleet also includes an HM300 haul truck, several Komatsu wheel loaders, and dozers ranging in size from D51i to D85. While Jergens has purchased many brands over the years, including Cat and John Deere, he is “weeding out the herd” and focusing on Komatsu equipment now. “Mike Early is a great salesman, but the real reason I like Komatsu is service. If I have any problems, Columbus Equipment and Komatsu stand behind me 100 percent. Even if it’s borderline [of when the warranty expires], we have never had to eat anything. Komatsu steps up to the plate, while other manufacturers make you jump Charles Jergens’ Eagle Crusher 1200 CC crushing and screening plant recycles internal and third-party, demolition material into 304. According to President Phil Jergens, approximately 80% of the company’s customers use the clean, concrete 304 product due to the significant cost savings—often around 40%—over limestone 304. While Jergens has purchased many brands over the years, including Cat and John Deere, he is “weeding out the herd” and focusing on Komatsu equipment now. 6 “Service from Columbus Equipment is better than anyone else out there.” Phil Jergens; President, Charles Jergens Construction Inc.