Apr 28, 2014

High-Tech Earthmoving Equipment Loaned to CLC

Construction is an industry of close tolerances where precision and accuracy can make or break your bottom line. At the same time, the pressures of schedules and budgets drive contractors to get the job done faster and more efficiently than ever. Utilizing cutting edge technology such as Global Positioning System (GPS) can aid contractors in staying competitive in today’s earthwork industry.

Students in the CLC Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance Program at the Staples West Campus were recently given an opportunity to use this technology thanks to the generosity of president and co-owner Mark Ryan of Carl Bolander and Sons Construction of St. Paul. Former CLC student Norm Everson, Operation’s Manager for Bolander, wanted to give something back to the program by bringing knowledge and equipment to CLC.

Bolander’s 2014 CAT D6T dozer was on loan to the campus for a week. Under the guidance of Everson, Ryan Lehner and instructor Mike Kuklok, students were given the chance to experience GPS on a brand new piece of equipment valued at more than a half million dollars. Lehner, a 1998 graduate of the CLC Program and equipment operator for Bolander, worked with the students on an individual basis giving them what might possibly be a once in a lifetime opportunity to operate a machine of this caliber.

Established in 1924, Carl Bolander & Sons Co. is recognized as one of the Midwest’s leaders in the specialty contracting business.