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Page 52 of 113 ROCK products • February 2019 • 49 Unique Supplier Relationship Aggregate recycling is a primary focus at ZEI. The company recently entered into a unique relationship with Titan Flor- ida – a unit of Titan America LLC – to excavate and process a large volume of scrap and by-product material at its Penn- suco Quarry near Miami. "We're essentially recycling non-usable limestone material inside their quarry," Zahlene said. "In its current state, this material is unsuitable for further processing into finished aggregates or for direct sale to the market, so it has been dor- mant for many years. With our expertise in handling this type of material, we're able to purchase the material as-is and then process it at our own cost into a product that's suitable for use on our large site work projects. Our relationship creates value for both Titan and ZEI, and it gives me an opportunity to compete on large-scale projects that I probably couldn't even bid on without Titan's support. Titan has been an excel- lent partner to work with. I've learned so much from them in the past year on so many issues, like safety and operations. They've given me a chance to grow and succeed, and the best way I can repay them is by striving to become their largest customer year after year." Working together with his Hitachi dealer Dobbs Equipment, Zahlene purchased a new ZX470LC-6 to tackle the project. "There was really no other option. The fuel economy in its class is amazing. It's the only machine that met the pro- duction levels at the budget that I had set for the project," Zahlene said. Much of the material processed at Pennsuco Quarry is trans- ported to a 15-acre site between the Miami Turnpike and I-75 that will serve as a Park & Ride lot for a megamall that is being built. The company has excavated roughly 175,000 cu. yd. of muck and is replacing it with more than 250,000 tons of processed material from the Titan quarry to backfill it. A brand new ZX300LC-6 is helping with that process. "What led me to Hitachi, honestly, was the fuel economy and the performance. And you get a very good, quality machine at the right price. It outperforms every machine in its class, especially in fuel economy and performance," Zahlene said. Bright Future When Zahlene thinks about his future, aggregate recycling will continue to play a big role. He plans to open the first soil remediation facility in southern Florida. "That is where my true passion lies," he said. "There are only a finite amount of resources, so every load of material that I remediate and reuse is one load of virgin lime rock that can be used for cement or anything else." Hitachi machines will continue to play a prominent role at ZEI. "I've been able to prove myself because I have stuck to my word and have a strong vision for the future," Zahlene said. "Continuing to purchase Hitachi machines boils down to the same. You know you're buying five years of guaranteed work and performance, because it's not just the performance, it's also the reliability and dealer support that comes with it." This article first appeared in Hitachi's BREAKOUT magazine, Fall issue, 2018. Check out the video at HitachiConstruction. com/Zahlene.

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