Family Business Booms with Service Trucks
IMT technology helps small business meet big demands
Wade Homuth set out to start his own field service company at the age of 43. A daunting task for even the youngest of workers, Homuth leveraged his 20 years of experience in the construction field along with the support of his family to begin his new adventure.
In 2006, Wade’s Heavy Equipment Repair was born. Initially, Homuth worked independently with the occasional help of his two sons. However, within two years his ever-increasing workload became too much for a one-man show.
While the economy was tumbling toward a recession, Homuth could hardly keep up with the demand for his services. In 2008, Homuth purchased his first two IMT Dominator service trucks and hired four full-time employees. By 2010, Homuth acquired another IMT service truck and a manager.
“It never really slowed down,” said Homuth. “It’s a demanding and fast-paced job. It’s six-to-seven-day work weeks, clocking 70 to 90 hours. We basically live out of the trucks.”
Based in California, Homuth’s business faces a highly agricultural economy and increasing competition. Homuth spends many days in almond orchards moving and repairing equipment that continues to grow in size. Because of all the heavy lifting, Homuth needed to purchase a boom truck with a 12,000-lb crane capacity. So, he turned to Lodi Equipment to buy a brand new IMT Dominator III equipped with its newest offering: a 12,000-lb crane.
“You’re dealing with D10 and D11 dozers,” said Homuth. “We don’t have the ability to go out and bring in a crane to pull engines. We have to pull them with our service trucks.”
The new IMT Dominator III was developed as a lighter, more maneuverable body with increased lifting capacity from the 25-foot 12,000-lb crane. It’s capable of working in tight quarters, maintaining stability and providing extra lift performance in critical work zones. The end result is a truck that offers enhanced flexibility on the worksite without sacrificing lifting capacity.
Wade’s Heavy Equipment Repair primarily upkeeps heavier machinery that requires workers to pull hitches out into the field. From there, they build all the necessary components, engines, transmissions, etc. His fleet of service trucks equip Homuth with the necessary lifting power and storage capabilities required to perform work on heavy machinery.
“The IMT Dominator III has definitely helped us,” said Homuth. “Previously, we were having a hard time making our rear axle weight when going across the scales. We had to go around them. Now, we can go in comfort and just travel right through the scales.”
Meeting a diverse market
Homuth doesn’t just work in the agricultural sector. He services any area from landfills to wineries, supporting a range of equipment from scrapers to loaders to excavators.
“You don’t want one solid customer, you want many. It’s very diverse,” said Homuth.
And meeting a diverse market means meeting many diverse requests. With demand higher than ever, Homuth can no longer afford to work alone or without the help of his IMT service trucks. “It’s that type of time where you just can’t find enough workers. If you could find 50 mechanics, you could probably put them in a service truck,” said Homuth.
The IMT difference
In 2012, Homuth had an unfortunate experience with a previous service truck. Needing something that could stand up to the rigors of field work, Homuth turned to IMT and never intends to look back.
“IMT has done a lot with engineering. They lightened their cranes, so you have more lifting capability. The trucks are bulletproof,” said Homuth. “I haven’t dealt with any cracking issues on my bodies. Their technology really comes to the plate.”
Homuth also notes the rise of independent mechanics and field service technicians means truck customization is becoming a necessity. A big differentiator for him when selecting service vehicles was the ability of IMT to showcase what its equipment can do for the individual and how it can be customized with options to meet unique needs.
Continuing the legacy
Homuth’s 27-year-old son, Colby, helps his father with the business as a full-time employee. As Homuth nears retirement, he said he would like to see Colby run the business eventually.
“Someday, I’d like to see him step up the game and want to take over and be in charge. It’s a family business, and he’s a partner in it. Eventually, I’d like to see him run it,” he said.
And with high demand and more independent contractors than ever, running a field service business has never been more exciting. Homuth grew his one-man adventure into a full-service business equipped with three IMT service trucks in a short period of time.
“It’s what you’re willing to put into it – then anything could happen” said Homuth. “It’s unreal.”
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