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Success story: industry know-how of Channel Partners Kuhn, Genesis and Jewell helps get the job done for Johnson Bros.

With more than 70 years of experience as a heavy civil contractor, Florida-based Johnson Bros. knows construction. But when a bridge contract called for demolition work, the company needed a hand.

Once the company had built a new eastbound bridge that carried Florida's State Route 528 some 100 feet over the Indian River in Cocoa Beach, Fla., it needed to take down the westbound section. The Johnson Bros. crew had the ideas, but it needed a partner to provide the means and guidance to put those plans into action. South Carolina-based Kuhn Equipment, along with its manufacturer Channel Partners Genesis Attachments and Jewell Attachments, stepped up to help Johnson Bros. get the job done right.

"Demolition isn't Johnson Bros. primary locust," says Charlie Humphries, Johnson Bros. "We had a lot of big ideas--you need somebody to reel you in and tell you what will and won't work."

Permitting regulations prevented the company from imploding the bridge, so Johnson Bros. needed an alternative solution--something that would surgically remove the structure piece by piece. Kuhn and its partners put a variety of equipment on the ground to help Johnson Bros. tackle the 4-foot thick concrete columns and hundreds of thousands of pounds of rebar and steel girders that made up the bridge.

A Komatsu PC450 and a Hitachi ZX 460 were both fitted with Genesis LXP 500R processors, each equipped with three jaw sets. A Hitachi ZX 330 was fitted with a 10,000-foot-pound hydraulic hammer. With these highly specialized tools at its disposal, the Johnson Bros. crew was able to process about 14,000 tons of concrete and 700,000 pounds of rebar and steel girders from the demolished section of bridge.

Humphries speaks highly of the role Kuhn, Genesis and Jewell played in planning the project and supplying the right equipment. "They were very knowledgeable--very experienced in demolition," says Humphries. "They were quite a ways away from Florida, but their knowledge made up for the distance. Those guys have been there and done that--they know what won't work and why."

Furthermore, Kuhn, Genesis and Jewell didn't just help with the plan and then abandon Humphries and his crew. He says the companies followed through on their commitments, servicing the equipment well throughout the job. "It was a good partnership for us," Humphries says. "I wouldn't hesitate to work with them again."
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Title Annotation:EXTREME COMMITMENT
Publication:Recycling Today
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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