Frankie Lafontaine, owner and president of Lafontaine Inc., and his son François recently traveled over 1,600 km (1,000 miles) to see the newest additions to their Hitachi fleet.
Headquartered in Lévis, Quebec, Lafontaine Inc. specializes in construction and rehabilitation of streets, roads, bridges, water and sewer installations, water treatment facilities, and industrial and commercial sites.
Frankie and François were able to experience their four, new ZX210LC-5 excavators fresh off the production line at a Gold Key event held at Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. in Kernersville, N.C., on March 17. Lafontaine Inc. also bought two ZX135LC-5 excavators as part of the order.
Each Hitachi excavator produced at the Kernersville facility is built with pride, made to order and available for customization. When a significant order is placed, a Gold Key event is held where the customer is invited to the facility to experience their machines firsthand.
A longtime Hitachi fan, Frankie bought his first Hitachi excavator, a UH122LC, in 1984, and visited the Hitachi plant in Japan in 1995. The Gold Key event was Frankie and his son’s first visit to the Kernersville facility.
“We really enjoyed the Gold Key event, and I noticed similarities between the Hitachi plant in Japan and the Kernersville facility. I noticed the same cleanliness and was surprised at how quiet it was. Both facilities care about details and rigor. Rigor is also a prime core value of Lafontaine Inc.”
Lafontaine Inc.’s fleet now consists of a ZX450; a ZX135; a ZX650; the four, new ZX210LC-5 excavators; and the two, new ZX135LC-5 excavators. The new excavators are replacing existing, older models.
“We have done demos and testing with many brands, and Hitachi comes up as the best choice for the combination of fuel consumption and quality of build with an added legacy of reliability,” Frankie said. “We continue to choose Hitachi for those reasons.”
Lafontaine Inc. is serviced by Wajax Equipment, Quebec City, Quebec.