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JUN 2019

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28 • ROCKproducts • June 2019 Rango Inc. W hen the new EX1200-7 excavator rolled onto a Rango Inc. job site, there was an energy you could feel in the air. Not only had they received a new EX1200-7, but it was the first Dash-7 to be delivered and digging on North Amer- ican ground. The crew put it to work immediately, breaking through 15 ft. of concrete-like conglomerate to mine aggregates at a job site in Mesa, Ariz. "We're like a bunch of kids in a candy store," said Dave John- son, general production superintendent at Rango. "Especially when the new 1200-7 was delivered. I had multiple operators on other jobs asking when they were going to be able to run it. We all got pretty excited." Ready, Set, Grow Ready, set, grow – this has been the mentality at Rango, an excavation, haulage and stockpiling service provider for the mining industry headquartered in the Phoenix area. This mentality is also why the company added the brand new EX1200-7 to its fleet. Dan McQuade, CEO of Rango, took the position with the task of meeting the goals of a five-year growth plan. The expan- sion and diversification plan were the vision of the leadership team and Rodney George, one of the founders of Rango. With this strategic vision, the company has seen exponential growth in the past couple of years – leaping from 45 employ- ees in 2017 to nearly 200 employees and 225 pieces of heavy machinery today. By expanding its mining, hauling and aggregates service offerings as well as its geographic footprint, the family-based corporation has hands in multiple honey pots, including a sister company, Rango Honey, that specializes in honey and beekeeping. Yes … beekeeping. With the evolution of Rango's mining business, there's little patience for equipment that isn't ready to handle the fast pace. Among all the business changes that have occurred, there's one thing that has remained the same: the company's loyalty to Hitachi excavators. Specifically, the 1200 series. "The 1200 series of machines are the only excavators that Rango uses to move high volumes, sometimes 16, 18, 20, 22,000 tons of material a day," McQuade said. As a serial purchaser of Hitachi machines, Rango has had sev- eral EX1200-5 and EX1200-6 excavators and were impressed with their productivity and speed. When the opportunity came to order the new EX1200-7, it was the clear next step. Tried. True. New. The First EX1200-7 In North America Propels Arizona's Rango Inc. Forward. By Caroline Schweitzer

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