When it comes to the jobs no one wants to take, Sean Turpin, president of Rysen Bobcat Services, isn’t afraid of a challenge. That’s because he’s confident his guys, equipped with Hitachi excavators, will get the job done.
Rysen started business in late 1999 with one skid steer. Fifteen years later, Turpin has grown the St. Albert, Alberta-based company, which specializes in earthworks and grading, to more than 30 employees. He’s also transformed into a Hitachi fan along the way.
“I chose Hitachi after I talked with some of my friends in the industry, and they said Hitachi is the way to go,” he said. “The excavators are reliable, smooth and just awesome.”
Rysen now has a fleet of five ZX210LC-5 Excavators ready to tackle a variety of jobs. And there’s been no buyer’s remorse for Turpin when it comes to his Hitachi fleet.
“The guys at Wajax, my Hitachi dealer, can break down the cost per hour of what it takes for me to run a unit,” he said. “And it’s unbelievable how low the cost is. The numbers say it all.”
With 30 years of operator experience, Rysen employee Derrick Brooks, or “Brooksie” as the guys call him, also encouraged Turpin to purchase Hitachi excavators.
“I’ve operated every brand of excavator,” Brooksie said. “Hitachi is quick and powerful – the 210 has all the power I need. It’s really comfortable, which makes operators happy and more productive.”
And Turpin makes sure he’s got the right guys in the cab by turning to veterans, like Brooksie, to help train new operators.
“We really pride ourselves on training the next generation,” Turpin said. “A lot of our operators are under 30. Brooksie really invests time in training young operators. When it comes to getting the job done, we want the experience and know-how on our side.”
Putting Hitachi to work
Armed with its fleet of ZX210LC-5 Excavators, Rysen doesn’t flinch at any job, whether it’s short-term, long-term or challenging.
“We take a lot of the hard jobs that no one wants to do,” Turpin said. “These are jobs other companies shy away from; the tedious stuff – it’s our forte. No matter the conditions, my guys don’t miss a beat. And Hitachi keeps us running. If Rysen is there, Rysen will do the work.”
One of the company’s long-term undertakings is working on the Anthony Henday Drive expansion, which includes over 40 kilometers of new highway and 47 bridge structures – estimated to be completed in late 2016. The company has been supplying excavators and other equipment to various road-building companies around Alberta since 2009. And Rysen’s excavators have been busy.
“We have at least four 210s working every day – from working with underground utilities and fiber optics, grade beam construction, ditch sloping and shaping to just loading our fleet of tandems. We can keep our Hitachis busy, rain or shine,” Turpin said.
For short-term jobs, the Hitachi excavators’ mobility and versatility allow Rysen to be nimble with its operations.
“We can put the 210s on a trailer, complete a job, load them up at the end of the day and be on to the next thing,” Turpin said. “It definitely gives us an advantage.”
To keep his jobs on track, Turpin knows Wajax Equipment, his Hitachi dealer, is just a phone call away.
“I don’t need a mechanic because I have Wajax,” he said. “The other day I had a leak, and I gave Wajax a call. They sent someone out to help and had me up and running within an hour. They really take care of us.”
A good match
In addition to running the company, Turpin enjoys being out in the field and getting firsthand experience with his excavators.
“I’m in the field a lot,” he said. “With the Hitachi excavators, loading, digging, everything about them is better. They just keep running – working on jobs day after day.”
Even though the company has grown, Rysen has kept its small business feel. Since its incorporation in 2003, Turpin has brought the people on board who want what’s best for him and his company. Those people include his mom, Joan, managing all aspects of the office as well as dispatching the fleet of tandems and subcontractors required daily; his dad, Bernie, fueling and assisting with maintenance; and his uncle, Gerard, the maintenance and service go-to guy. Turpin’s family has grown as well. He and his wife, Kimberley, are proud parents of two girls and recently a baby boy. The youngsters will be helping “Dad” once the time is right, keeping Rysen Bobcat in the family for years to come.
Turpin still prefers working with customers directly and keeps his vision for the company focused on what it does best – earthwork and grading – while using the best equipment to get the job done.
“I don’t want to be a jack-of-all-trades,” he said. “I want to be the go-to guy when someone needs excavating and earthwork. Rysen specializes in that, and Hitachi specializes in excavators – that’s why they’re a good match for us.”
Rysen Bobcat Services Ltd. is serviced by Wajax Equipment, Edmonton, Alberta.