Hitachi Construction Machinery - North America
New Workhorse on the Big Island
October 9, 2017

A ZX470LC-6 operated by Nan Inc. works at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole.

A new ZX470LC-6 arrived on the Island of Hawaii last year and is currently busy working at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole. The machine joined the fleet of Nan, Inc., which provides a wide array of professional construction services – including preconstruction, general contracting and design-build.

Nan started work on the airport project, called Terminal Modernization Program Phase 1, in February 2017 and anticipates completion in 2019. The company is building a new baggage handling facility, which requires digging an 18-foot deep tunnel for the baggage handling equipment, and then consolidating the North and South terminals. Nan is also digging drainage wells and installing all utilities.

“The Hitachi 470 is our largest piece of equipment on the project, so it’s our workhorse digging the tunnel and the utility packages,” said Glenn Kobayashi, Nan project manager.

Walter Andrade, a Nan operator with 40 years of experience, has done a lot of digging with the new ZX470LC-6 and is a fan of the machine.

“I like the height, shorter tail and power,” Andrade said. “It’s really smooth.”

While Nan navigates the challenges of working at an active airport, Kobayashi said any worries are minimized by having the 470 on site along with his Hitachi dealer’s support.

“Access is very difficult working in the AOA (air operations area),” he said. “We definitely want to minimize downtime and bringing in mechanics and service people. So having a brand new Hitachi 470 on the jobsite really makes my life easier. And we get great support from American Machinery as well.”

Nan Inc. is serviced by American Machinery, Kona, Hawaii.