“We have experienced solid growth in the Southeast market served by the Jacksonville branch of ECA over the last five years,” said Branch Manager John Hayes. Hayes took charge of ECA Jacksonville in June after being hired in 2016 as Southeast Regional Sales Manager.
ECA Jacksonville was formed when the company acquired the assets and core team at Pile Equipment in 2015. The goal was to expand upon the legacy Pile Equipment had built in the pile driving equipment market by bringing ECA’s full complement of foundation drilling and pile driving equipment to the Southeast.
“Our key market presence prior to the acquisition was pile driving equipment including vibratory and diesel hammers,” Hayes said. “After five years, much of our growth rests on the introduction of BAUER rotary drilling rigs, the resurrection of the Pile Master Air Hammer, and the distribution of complimentary foundation equipment including BAUER MAT/Obermann, Dawson, Digga, ALLU, Olin, and WORD.”
ECA Jacksonville has supplied the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Central Florida and many others in the building, infrastructure, wastewater, marine, tunnel, power, utility, and telecommunications sectors. The branch has also supplied specialty subcontractors including Keller North America, Malcolm Drilling, Schnabel Foundation Company, Morris Shea, Earth Tech, and RW Harris, in addition to general contractors such as Archer Western, American Bridge, and SGL Constructors (Skanska/Granite/Lane Joint Venture).
“Our objective for opening the Jacksonville branch was to give Southeast contractors access to the world’s most advanced foundation equipment,” said Vice President - Sales and Marketing Jeff Harmston. “As we mark the five-year anniversary, it appears they approve of the solid foundation we’ve built.”