Hitachi Construction Machinery - North America
Four excavators join Long & Sons Utility’s Hitachi fleet
September 10, 2015


A pair of ZX210LC-5 excavators, a ZX290LC-5 and a ZX350LC-5 have all joined Long & Sons Utility’s Hitachi fleet, which ranges from an EX60 up to a ZX450LC-3.

Headquartered in Simpsonville, S.C., Long & Sons Utility specializes in wet utilities installation and rehabilitation for residential developments and commercial projects. The ZX350LC-5 was delivered in June 2014, with the two ZX210LC-5 excavators following in August 2014 and a ZX300LC-6 in October 2015.

Since delivery, all the excavators have been busy working on new housing developments, laying water, sewer and storm drainage pipeline. This adds to the more than 8.5 million feet of pipeline –ranging from ¾-inch to 96-inch pipe – the company has laid since it was established in 1990.

Roberto Almanza primarily operates the new ZX350LC-5.

“I love it,” Almanza said. “It's got a lot of power. I've been running Hitachi for over 20 years, and they always get the job done.”

Lee Long, owner of Long & Sons Utility, is a long-time, loyal Hitachi fan. His first excavator was a UH122LC purchased in the early ‘80s.

“We’ve had good success with Hitachi excavators,” Long said. “You can't beat them. They got us through the recession and have kept us in business. We’re ready and rolling!”

Long & Sons Utility LLC is serviced by Flint Equipment Company, Simpsonville, S.C.