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13 I In the 60-plus years since the Nicolozakes Trucking Companys original founding as a trucking company with one truck to its name the current Nicolozakes Trucking Construction Inc. has become a diversified multi-faceted company offering a wide range of services in southeastern Ohio and the surrounding area. The company provides crane rigging and millwright services oil and gas services such as rigging excavating and grading specialized hauling general contracting services factory disassembly and relocation as well as catering to industrial and manufacturing customers. The companys philosophy has always been to concentrate on core competencies and to follow a path of slow conservative growth said William A. Bill Nicolozakes president. We are not afraid to look cus- tomers in the eye and turn away work rather than take on more than we can perform to our quality standards. Bill and his cousin Dean Nicolozakes secretary-treasurer learned about disciplined growth from their fathers company founders Stanley and William G. Bill Nicolozakes. The founders father Gust Nicolozakes was a living example of hard work. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 14 and worked as a miner cowboy and baker before losing everything during The Great Depression. Gust later started a trucking company and hauled coal. When Gust retired Bill and Stanley inherited one truckwithout an engine. They won enough money in a craps game to buy an engine and began building their company in 1953 borrowing money to buy more trucks. My dad told us a thousand times You dont know stress until youve borrowed money and have to tell the bank you cant make the first payment Bill said. Fortunately they reinvested in the company as they grew. The Nicolozakeses continue to invest in the company. In the last year they realized they needed a larger crane than the 90-ton Grove TM890 that was their largest in a fleet of five cranes. The purchase was customer driven. We have a corral of excellent operators and our services are in high demand because we perform quality work and are a local company Bill said. The executives felt confident demand would remain high. With the cautiousness that is ingrained in the company culture they embarked on a thorough search for the right crane for their needs comparing Grove Terex and Link- Belt machines. After touring Link-Belts manufacturing plant in Kentucky they decided to purchase a new Link-Belt HTC-3140 LB from Columbus Equipment Company. We were impressed that they weld and press the booms LIFTING DIVISION Nicolozakes Trucking Construction Inc. HONORS A FAMILY LEGACY INSPIRED BY THE GREAT DEPRESSION Top left Grandparents Gust and Diamanta Nicolozakes. Top right Founders William G. Bill and Stanley Nicolozakes. Bottom The company fleet has changed considerably since the 1950s. Gust Nicolozakes emigrated to the United States at the age of 14 and worked as a miner cowboy and baker before losing everything during The Great Depression.