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eventually result in lower prices for customers. Urig and his brother Keith started Avon-based KMU as moonlighters while working other jobs in the early 90s. They incorporated in 1998 and became Columbus Equipment customers soon after. Their first mini excavator a Kobelco broke down and they had to wait two months for parts so they turned to Columbus Equipment for a replacement rental. I realized right then that service and parts availability was so important Urig said. Today KMU owns about 20 pieces of Komatsu equipment and Urig still values the support he gets from Columbus Equipment. They stand behind their product. Whatever the Columbus Equipment guys have told me they would do they have stuck to that promise and followed through. KMU has about 100 employees including Kevin and Keiths brother Kenny who is their master mechanic and several other family members. The company has grown on repeat business and referrals due to their policy of treating customers as they would want to be treated. Their move from GPS dummies to increasingly knowledgeable iMC users proves their commitment to finding the most efficient way to complete a project and thats a win-win for all involved particularly KMU customers. EARLY iMC ADOPTION Whatever the Columbus Equipment guys have told me they would do they have stuck to that promise and followed through. Kevin Urig President KMU Trucking Excavating Inc. KMU President Kevin Urig right pictured with KMU Operator Tim Houston left Columbus Equipment Company sales rep Doug Dvorak. Did You Know KMU has won many accolades over the years including being nominated for Equipment Worlds Contractor of the Year Award and winning the presti- gious Weatherhead 100 Award from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. While the recognition is nice Kevin Urigs greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the fact KMU started with a 2500 backhoe and has grown it into a business that now offers nearly 100 people in his community a quality place to work. That same creativity runs in the Urig DNA and is shared by Kevins brother Keith who has been working with Kevin since KMU started. Having grown up in the Duct Tape Capital of the World Avon OhioKeith channeled it to fabricate both a dozer and an excavator out of duct tape. The dozer had a moving blade and dry-ice to create smoke for the exhaust but unfortunately no iMC. 15