Con-Elco, a leading utility contractor in the Greater Toronto Area, has added five ZX210LC-5 excavators to its fleet.
Established in 1978 under the Con-Drain Group of Companies, Con-Elco is run by Fiore Melatti and his two sons, Nick and Attilio.
“We started with one machine. Over the years we grew and we keep growing,” Fiore said.
Con-Elco purchased the new excavators in August 2015. Since then, the machines have been busy on a variety of residential projects.
“We install about 200 meters of utilities every day on a nine-hour shift,” said Brian Machado, Con-Elco superintendent. “The Hitachi excavators are powerful and faster than other machines.”
Con-Elco hasn’t always used tracked excavators for its work, however.
“We were using rubber tire backhoes, and my father’s always been someone that’s looked at doing things better and being more efficient,” Nick said. “We started looking at Hitachi equipment about 10 years ago.”
Attilio said one of the reasons the company looked to Hitachi was to stay ahead of the curve.
“As things evolved and the industry was changing, we wanted to use manufacturers that were leading-edge as far as size of machine and ability for digging in situations we were using it for,” he said. “Hitachi has been a good fit for us.”
Today the company’s fleet includes about 21 Hitachi excavators ranging from the ZX135 to the ZX210 size. And there’s no shortage of good reasons for why the company sticks with Hitachi machines.
“With us, it’s about reliability and quality of the machine,” Nick said. “Obviously, we also like the color. And we have a great relationship with our dealer, Wajax. At the end of the day, it’s not best price for us; it’s best value. And that’s why we keep coming back to Hitachi.”
Con-Elco Ltd. is serviced by Wajax Equipment, Mississauga, Ontario.