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Casper Manages Downtime, Frigid Temps Using HCSS GPS on Snow Plows

March 19, 2015
Equipment /

If you work in the construction industry north of the Mason-Dixon Line, chances are you have to pause operations during the winter.

Below-freezing temperatures, ice, and snow all make it difficult to work on construction projects during the dead of winter in the northern United States.

But one company in Grand Rapids, Minn., found a way to generate income even during the cold winter months.

Casper Construction operates a snow removal service during the winter. While they are typically involved in municipal water and sewer work, earthwork, and pipeline maintenance, the company handpicks guys from its five regular crews to run the seasonal snow plows.'

“It’s very slow for us in the winter,” estimator Dan Watkins said. “But we’ve got 110 snow plow customers, so we keep busy with that.”

And HCSS GPS helps ensure Casper’s crews can get the job done quickly and efficiently, without having to spend unnecessary time out in the cold.

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HCSS GPS Units Prove Their Worth for Dirt Contractor

January 23, 2015
Equipment /

Baranko Bros. Inc. purchased HCSS GPS for its truck and trailer fleet in October 2014, expecting to be able to cut down on fuel costs and speeding issues.

But in just a few months, the software and GPS units have already far exceeded the dirt contractor’s expectations.

“There are a lot of things we’re starting to notice, and we’re still in the installation period,” Baranko Bros. GPS/IT manager Jordan Kessel said. “A lot of it is speeding. Last month we had three total speeding violations. When we first installed the GPS, we were seeing 12 a day.”           

Kessel estimated that the fuel saved in the first two weeks alone paid for at least half of the 220 GPS units purchased.

Some of those fuel savings came from making sure the trucks are not being used outside of company time. Most of Baranko Bros. trucks are used by employees on the job and to drive to and from work and home. He said the company was having a hard time tracking vehicle usage on weekends.

“We knew a lot of them were being used for more than just work,” Kessel said. “They were taking them for personal use. After I put all the units in, we noticed a lot of pickups running on the weekends because the drivers didn’t know the GPS units existed yet. Word spread pretty quickly, and now there’s very limited usage outside of work.”

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Dirt Contractor saves money almost instantly using HCSS GPS Software

November 21, 2014
Equipment /

Baranko Bros. Inc. purchased HCSS GPS for its truck and trailer fleet in early October, expecting to be able to cut down on fuel costs and speeding issues.

But in less than a month, the tracking units have already far exceeded the dirt contracting company’s expectations.

“There are a lot of things we’re starting to notice, and we’re still in the installation period,” Baranko Bros. project manager Jordan Kessel said. “A lot of it is speeding. We had 20-plus speeding reports (from the GPS units) in the first week, and we didn’t start installing the units until the middle of that week. Now we’re down to four or five.”

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With the Help of HCSS GPS, Illegal Moonshine Operation Gets Busted

October 8, 2014
Equipment /

Carolina Bridge Company based in Orangeburg, South Carolina, outfits their equipment with HCSS GPS asset tracker units. The units cost $300 each with a $13/month monitoring fee. They hold a charge for 3 years and are simple to install onto equipment without engines. A large trailer was recently stolen from one of Carolina Bridge’s laydown yards and happened to be hauling a fuel drum filled with 250 gallons of diesel fuel. Unbenownst to the thieves, the trailer held the tiny tracking device.

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Waiting In the Shadows: Rediscovering Federal and State Fuel Tax Refunds

October 2, 2014
Equipment /

Refunds? Does that word even exist anymore? Yes, believe it or not, fuel excise tax refunds are still alive and well, but in today’s hurried business environment fleet managers and owners are preoccupied by the steady stream of new and expensive federal regulations aimed at transportation and vocational fleets. Unfortunately, those distracting regulations create complex compliance challenges leaving behind the forgotten or narrowed practice of pursuing fuel tax refunds.

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Out With the Old, In With the New: Equipment Maintenance Software Transforms PM Work Orders

September 4, 2014
Equipment /

We were on site with Beaver Excavating Company of Canton, OH several months ago and their shop foreman, Harold Grant, grabbed us and wanted to share one of the successes he was having with HCSS’s equipment maintenance software Equipment360. Beaver Excavating previously used ManagerPlus for their equipment maintenance and made the decision to switch to Equipment360 in April of this year.

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135 Miles in Under 36 Hours: Super Steve Maliszewski Returns from Badwater, Crew Navigates the Course with HCSS GPS

August 28, 2014
Equipment /

HCSS employee Steve Maliszewski now walks the halls of the company's Sugar Land, Texas, campus with a big ol' shiny belt buckle on his waist. Since the 1970s, it's been tradition to reward finishers of races 100 miles or longer with a belt buckle, and this one is the tell-tale sign of Maliszewski's135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon adventure.

Finishing No. 28 overall out of 100 total competitors in the race, which is run non-stop from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, Calif., Maliszewski was the first Texan to cross the finish line out of the six competitors from the Lone Star State. His finish time was an impressive 35 hours and 49 minutes.

HCSS tracked his progress in real time by installing one of our GPS Units onto his crew’s van. His supporters watched with anticipation as “Super Steve,” as he is known in the Texas running community, started out from Lone Pine, Calif., on July 21, waiting to see the lines of the GPS slowly move along the race route via HCSS’s website. Also feeding in was a stream of tweets with updates from his crew via Maliszewski’s Twitter handle @drunkenb. Even from afar, it was exhilarating to track his progress.

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Start Using HCSS's Equipment Dispatching Software with Convenient Online Implementation

August 21, 2014
Equipment /

It's tough to have your dispatcher out of the office to learn new software for a few hours let alone a few days implementing at the HCSS Campus. For this reason HCSS has created a convenient online implementation program for The Dispatcher, our dispatching software that electronically keeps track of all your equipment and employees.

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The Allen Company Finds That HCSS Equipment Maintenance Software Is a Great Addition to Their HCSS Estimating and Job Management Software

July 30, 2014
Equipment /

The Allen Company, based in Lexington, KY and celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, has been an HCSS user for more than a decade. Well versed with HeavyBid estimating software, HeavyJob field entry and reporting software, and FuelerPlus, they’ve been using HCSS’s equipment maintenance software, Equipment360, for the last year and a half, as well as recently beta-testing the new E360 Mobile Mechanic app.

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Why is My Fleet's Tank Always on "E"? Fight Fuel Theft and Save Reporting Time with New FuelerPlus Mobile Apps

July 23, 2014
Equipment /

Fuel theft and waste in the US is estimated at over $8 billion a year. How much of that hole is your company contributing to? Are you constantly dealing with fuel write-downs? Do your fuelers have a consistent, yet easy way to report dispense and fill transactions to the office?

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