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B Bill Jergens president of R. B. Jergens Contractors Inc. has seen hundreds of construction projects since entering the industry in 1972. But he remains enthusiastic about large- scale complex projects. His success however is linked to a non-wavering willingness to try new thingsincluding Komatsu construction equipment. That brand was practi- cally unknown in Ohio when Jergens purchased his first machine from Columbus Equipment Company in 1975. Yet forty years later the company recently took delivery of its 50th Komatsu excavatora PC490LC. According to Bill Jergens deciding to buy Komatsu excavators boils down to a few simple facts. Those excavators have the lowest hourly ownership coststhis includes initial purchase maintenance and fuel. We prefer Komatsu excavators over any other brand for these reasonsand theres more. While they are highly reliable technological advances over the years have kept Komatsu a leader he notes. Equipment Manager Jim Kurpiel piles on more praise Our Komatsu fleet includes everything from a basic PC35 up to a PC1100. We have great luck with Komatsu and generally dont even look at other excavators. Why Because Komatsu is on the forefront. We like Komatsus fuel economy and the machines are durable as a rock added Kurpiel. Proving this point our fleet still has a machine that we bought new in 1994. It may not be on the front line but its still running strong. Plus we have several 1999 units with 20000 hours on themand theyre still running strong The PC228USLC is a company favorite. Jergens has 12. They are usually used on public street-improvement projects because their ideal size allows them to negotiate tight spots Kurpiel said. Service is another factor fueling Jergens dedication to Komatsu and Columbus Equipment Company. We use Columbus Equipment for parts sales and warranty work. If we need help theyre right there for us. Their response is as good as you can get from any dealer in the country. They are super good people Jergens said. And hes quick to distinguish Columbus Equipments Mike Early. If we have a service issueits resolved with just one call. Vice President Kevin Harshberger P. E. manages Jergens specialized earthwork group that is thriving. He The Komatsu PC490LC-11 pictured is R. B. Jergens 50th Komatsu excavator purchase. Typical of the previous 49 purchases the 490 brings power and production to every jobsitethis time on a two-year 2.8 million cu. yd. landfill site development project in southern Ohio. CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT R. B. Jergens Contractors Inc. TAKES DELIVERY OF 50TH KOMATSU EXCAVATOR R. B. Jergens Contractors Inc. has seen hundreds of construction projects since entering the industry in 1972. 5