Benedict Industries has been working hard to help Greater Sydney meet its civil and landscaping needs for 50 years.
Since its formation, Benedict Industries has grown to become New South Wales’ largest producer and reseller of quarried, recycled and landscape products and one of the state’s largest suppliers of sands, soils, gravels and road bases.
To meet the its customer demands, Benedict supplies products from six of its owned and operated quarries, as well as from it’s state-of-the-art recycling
While Benedict Industries supplies to a large number of customers across Greater Sydney, their ‘think big’ approach applies to the family-owned and operated company’s machine fleet too.
Needless to say, in order to operate efficiently across multiple production sites, Benedict needs a well-resourced and consistently reliable machine resource pool.
This is where Hyundai construction hardware and Porter Equipment Australia’s Lee Heys come in.
The company has been purchasing frontline equipment from Hyundai for some time now and has recently expanded its machine fleet with another group of Hyundai HL770-9 and Hyundai HL780-9 wheel loaders, which will be deployed throughout its constantly evolving network. Additionally Benedict Industries runs four Hyundai excavators across its sites; a Hyundai R145CRD-9, Hyundai R380LC-9, Hyundai R450LC-7 and a Hyundai R320LC-7.
“There have been several key people within Benedict Industries and its joint venture partners that have proven instrumental in adopting Hyundai equipment for front-line duties,” says Lee.
“Group Operations Manager Brett Jarvis and Ian Collier, General Manager Benedict Recycling, were both keen to initially assess and then adopt Hyundai’s wheel loader and excavator technology across a variety of operations the company is involved in.
“This support was echoed by Paul Arnold, co-owner of Benedict Industries-managed Appin Sands and owner of Pacsons Quarries, who could see the value these machines represented in the field.
“We purchased the first Hyundai HL770-7 in 2008 and soon after also purchased a R320LC-7. These machines proved to be strong, reliable and as advanced with technology equal to Hyundai’s major competitors,” says Paul Arnold.
“Soon after, we purchased an additional Hyundai HL770-7 based on the performance of the first two machines. This machine encountered a small issue in its second year and this is when the Porter Equipment’s support of the products they represent really showed through.
“Lee Hayes contacted his manger who in turn set up a solution that allowed the quarry to keep working and the machine to be fixed. I have never experienced service like that from any other supplier in the 28 years I have been purchasing equipment,” says Paul.
He says the machines clocked up 10,000 hours without major incident and where replaced by ‘dash 9’ series machines and that numerous other machines within Benedict Industries’ operations have been replaced by Hyundai equipment as well.
“Porter Equipment offers a very competitive deal on service contracts that ensures the Hyundai machines are always maintained in peak condition throughout their working life. The machines continue to prove to be the most cost-effective option available to us with the added advantage of unequalled service and support within the industry.”
The company has recently decided to purchase seven more Hyundai machines for its combined fleet – including a HL760-9, five HL770-9s and an R145CRD-9 – growing their Hyundai fleet to a total of 19 machines.
Lee says the company specifies quarry-ready machines, opting for larger 4.8m³ buckets for its Hyundai HL770-9 wheel loaders; upgrades which assist with the material density being shifted.
Hyundai standard specification such as e-stop dual isolators, auto-greasing and ROPS protection to ensure the machines joining their fleet are good to go straight out of the box.
“Benedict Industries is a propriety customer for Porter Equipment in Australia,” concludes Lee.
“Not only is the scale of their operations vast and continually growing, they are also a highly respected operator in the quarrying and recycling industries. The choices they make can influence others and it’s that sort of recognition that goes beyond the specification sheet of the individual machine.
“The company is a major influencer in New South Wales and to have their support really underlines the reach of Hyundai’s global brand strength; something we are constantly building upon here in Australia.”