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The Best Of: 2019 Kickstart Business Advice

During the course of CASE Construction Equipment’s 2019 Kickstart Contest, there were more than 300 submissions from across North America. One of the questions we love to ask is: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Between the contest winner,  Jeff Rausch of Daybreaker Landscapes, and many other contestants, much wisdom was shared. And now, we’re bringing that intelligence to you with a compiled list of the top 25 best pieces of business advice from the 2019 CASE Kickstart Contest entries.

CASE Dealer ASCO Donates Equipment to Help Team Rubicon and SBP Rebuild Home Devastated by Fire, Hurricane Harvey Flooding

CASE Construction Equipment dealer ASCO recently provided a TR310 compact track loader and CX130D excavator to disaster recovery nonprofits Team Rubicon and project leader SBP. The equipment was used for demolition work before SBP could rebuild a Houston home that first was burnt to the ground then flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

Asha Ramraj and her husband first purchased the home in 2002. Together with their children, the Ramraj’s worked on making it a home. Years later, in 2015 the home burned to the ground, leaving only the laundry room intact. Ramraj’s husband passed away shortly after, leaving her alone to shoulder the burden of rebuilding while she lived in what remained of her home. Then in 2017, what was left of the Ramraj’s home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

CASE Introduces New Vibratory Rollers

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the latest additions to the DV Series of vibratory rollers. With models available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these rollers are powerful, easy to transport and nimble enough to work in a variety of residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other obstacles.

Designed with a high curb clearance, no overhangs and drum widths of 51.2- (DV36D, DV45CD) and 54.3- (DV45D) inches, these new roller models are ideal for walkways, residential driveways, bike paths, tennis courts, parking lots and other small- to mid-size compaction applications.

CASE Announces 2019 Kickstart Landscape Business Development Winner

CASE Construction Equipment has announced the grand prize winner of the 2019 Kickstart Landscape Business Development contest: Daybreaker Landscapes of Union, Illinois. CASE Kickstart is a business development contest in which landscaping contractors throughout North America can win a suite of prizes aimed at improving both their technical work and their business practices.

Jeff Rausch of Daybreaker Landscapes was selected for his drive, his clear vision for his business’ future, his ability to persevere through challenges, and his eagerness to further learn and grow each aspect of his business. The company specializes in full landscape and hardscape installation, lawncare and snow removal in Northern Illinois. As part of the package, Rausch will get: 

Creative, Customized Financing Plans Provide Operators With Cash Flow Flexibility

The construction market has rebounded in recent years, with continued strength projected through 2019 (as highlighted in the 2019 Annual Report & Forecast). Many fleet owners and managers have re-invested in their fleets to make up for previous years of extending life cycles as long as they could. Many others remain in a position today where their fleet requires upgrading/modernization — and we’re at an inflection point with technology where newer/current machines provide significant operational and cost savings advantages over machines that may be five or 10 years older.

On top of having equipment with leading technology, however, is the ability to maintain cash flow that allows for investment and re-investment into other areas of an operation. Whether that’s in people, marketing, or strategy development, those factors have an impact on whether companies thrive.

CASE and Trekker Group Support Team Rubicon and Salvation Army in Home Rebuild for Military Veteran After Hurricane Irma

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Trekker Group donated the use of a CASE SV185 skid steer loader to help Team Rubicon finish rebuilding the home of Earl Bishop, an Army veteran, and his wife Elizabeth. The Bishop’s home, located in Immokalee, Florida, sustained substantial physical and flood damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

After the Bishops realized the money provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would not do enough to make their home livable, Team Rubicon and the Salvation Army stepped-up to help, launching ‘The Bishop Rebuild.’

CASE Earns “Highest Retained Value” and “Lowest Cost of Ownership” Awards

CASE Construction Equipment has received awards in three different equipment categories in the annual EquipmentWatch Highest Retained Value and Lowest Cost of Ownership awards.

Highest Retained Value Awards
The N Series 580N backhoe loaders and B Series motor graders have both earned a Highest Retained Value Award from EquipmentWatch. The award projects these equipment lines to retain the highest percentage of original value after five years over all its competitors and is based on residual values calculated by leveraging a database covering more than $412B in market activity. 

CASE, Sonsray Machinery Provide Team Rubicon with Equipment for California Wildfire Response

CASE Construction Equipment and Sonsray Machinery have donated the use of a CX80C excavator to Team Rubicon for Operation Wind River, a response to the wildfires that burned more than 23,000 acres between Orange and Riverside Counties in California.

Operation Wind River assisted residents in the Robin Hood Oaks community, located in Lake Elsinore, California. After the wildfire was contained in mid-September, the community experienced heavy rainfall leading to mudslides that filled with decomposed granite and sand. Additional rain caused flooding that severely damaged three homes.

CASE Launches New Series of Small-Frame Vibratory Rollers

CASE Construction Equipment has announced a new series of small-frame vibratory rollers. Available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these compact rollers are easy to transport and are ideal for working in residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other obstacles.

Designed with a high curb clearance, no overhangs and a narrow drum width of 37 inches, these compact DV Series rollers are ideal for walkways, residential driveways, bike paths, tennis courts, small parking lots and other small- to mid-size compaction applications. The drums can be offset to further improve accessibility, and to improve performance during turns. Visibility is improved with excellent sight lines and an adjustable work station that allows the operator to get the best vantage point down to the drums.  

Reduce Downtime and Maximize Productivity with Daily Maintenance of your CTL

Today’s high-performance compact track loaders (CTLs) can provide several productivity advantages on nearly any jobsite. However, these competitive advantages can be lost if a CTL isn’t running at peak performance, and there are several things that equipment owners can do to improve productivity and extend service life.

By taking the following steps each day pre- and post-operation, equipment owners and operators can help to prevent bad things from happening before they turn into costly downtime events, and will ensure that fleet managers can address concerns in equipment health and upkeep at times throughout the day with the least impact on productivity.

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