Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 2413 NT AND AWARD-WINNING QUALITY were not happy with the brand we were using. We felt the manufacturer was not keeping up with the technology,” Breese said. “We thought Roadtec was keeping up with the technology, and it offered competitive pricing.” The crew that got the first Roadtec was happy with it. “Our mechanics also loved it because of the simplicity,” he noted. That reaction led the company to buy a second machine, and the next crew loved it too. Now the company has five Roadtec RP-190 models, 10-foot pavers used for highway construction. Gerken also has three RP-175 models, 8-foot pavers used for highway shoulders and parking lots. “The biggest benefit of Roadtec equipment is uptime. We just don’t have the downtime we have had with other machines. The ease of maintenance means that when something goes wrong, our mechanics can fix it quickly,” Breese said. “And it lays a good asphalt mat.” Standardizing pavers also means Gerken mechanics become familiar with the machinery, and the company can standardize ancillary equipment like screed extensions and auger extensions. Gerken Paving is part of The Gerken Companies, a family-owned business that started in construction in the 1940s and entered the asphalt business in the 1960s. Gerken also owns asphalt plants and limestone, sand and gravel quarries. More than 80 percent of Gerken Paving’s projects are for government entities, from ODOT and the Turnpike Commission to counties and villages. From April to November, the company employs about 150 people and runs three milling crews, six paving crews and five prep crews. Gerken has been a Columbus Equipment Company customer since it got into the paving business. “We can count on Columbus Equipment Company,” Breese said. While Gerken has its own mechanics, “We rely on them to handle things that we cannot. They are very responsive about getting the parts we need.” Sales rep- resentative Luke Matheson “has been great. He does his darnedest to get us all the information we need.” When a company focuses on quality, it shows in the end product—roads, in the case of Gerken Paving. That said, the focus on quality is evident throughout the process, from training personnel to supplying them with the best equipment. And for Gerken Paving, Roadtec pavers are considered an integral part of the quality equation. “The biggest benefit of Roadtec equipment is uptime. We just don’t have the downtime we have had with other machines.” Dean Breese; VP, Gerken Paving Inc. Visit for more.