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JUN 2018

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42 • ROCK products • June 2018 Aggregate Hauler F ounded by Jim and Penny Beito in 1992, Insearch, based in Tempe, Ariz., was launched as a business directly tied to the vending machine industry. When vending machines were installed, Insearch would place pictures of missing children on the machines – hence the name "Insearch." But Jim Beito's first love was the construction industry. He had worked for the same highway heavy construction company for 27 years and it was in his blood. So, a year later, Insearch entered into that industry. With a cell phone and pickup truck, Beito began orchestrating projects – eventually buying trucks, trailers, backhoes and crushing equipment. The com- pany became a major player in the Phoenix marketplace. Insearch soon became a family affair. Jim's son, Chad, started working part-time for the company while still in high school, and daughter, Heather, soon after also joined the company. Today, Chad is the president, Heather is the company's direc- tor of sales and marketing, and Chad's wife, Julia, serves as director of program management. In recent years, Chad Beito has added new equipment, includ- ing the Kenworth T880, to augment owner-operators, who also haul for Insearch. Daily you will find upwards of 100 trucks delivering time-sensitive loads for the company, which has been in a growth mode in recent years. A September 2017 report by the Associated General Con- tractors of America showed that 74 percent of Arizona construction companies planned to add workers in the next 12 months. Housing permits in Arizona's Pima County are at their highest levels since 2008. Insearch currently operates 45 pieces of equipment, which includes 36 different combinations of trucks and trailers. The most recent orders have been for the Kenworth T880 – giving the company 14 of those models. The company runs double and single belly dumps, plus has 16- and 18-wheel super dumps, which primarily haul aggregate (from boulders to gravel to dirt) to clients. The trucks were purchased through Inland Kenworth – Phoenix. "Our drivers rave about the T880s," said Beito. "They like the ride and the comfort, plus they're not tired at the end of their shift." Equipped with PACCAR engines rated at 430 hp with 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque, Insearch saved 400 pounds by moving to the 10.8-liter PACCAR MX-11 engine from the 12.9-liter PACCAR MX-13. "We're running the same horsepower and torque, and our drivers don't notice a difference in performance," Beito said. "But, we're certainly seeing the difference to our bottom line. We're primarily paid by the unit, the load or by the ton. Weight savings is critical to us and the PACCAR MX-11 is a huge new contributor. We are also extremely aware of oper- ational costs and Kenworth is instrumental in driving them down. Since nearly all our work is bid by the unit, having a handle on costs and keeping maintenance expenses to a minimum ensures our standing in the industry." From Vending to Aggregate Arizona Aggregate Hauler Benefits from Kenworth T880s and PACCAR MX-11 Engines for Weight Savings. By Mark S. Kuhar

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