Bluebird: Customer Success Story


Machines – and a Relationship – Built to Last

Customer Ken Kirk, Vice President
Company Bluebird Contracting – A Trotter Morton Group
Location Calgary and Edmonton, AB
Core Business Earthworks and Demolition
Strongco Customer >20 years
Equipment Aged VOLVO Excavators (EC330 and EC460)
Notable Projects

Decommissioning Lafarge Concrete Plant, Bow River
Flood Rehabilitation, Calgary Stampede Grounds, Calgary Zoo
Currie Barracks Urban Development, Calgary

Longtime Strongco customer, Bluebird Contracting, purchased two VOLVO excavators in 2006 – an EC330 and an EC460 – for its Alberta-based earthworks and demolition business. To-date these machines have recorded a combined 30,000 original hours combined – the highest of the entire Bluebird fleet – with zero critical component repair or replacement despite severe, heavy-duty applications. The high hours with no critical breakdowns is consistent with their Volvo fleet. Bluebird also owns two loaders with 27,000 (L120E) and 24,0000 (L150C) hours on them.

Bluebird Vice President Ken Kirk, pictured above in front of the 330 with Strongco’s Manager of Key Accounts, Dave MacLeod, is pleased with the quality, reliability and longevity his VOLVO excavators continue to provide to is equipment line. In fact, he can tell you about competitor products requiring major component repairs at only 8,000 hours, amounting to thousands of dollars – not to mention the cost of downtime.

Ken has counted on Strongco to service these machines, and has nothing but good things to say about the 24/7 parts and service capabilities, owner maintenance, and depth of experience provided by Dave and the team at Strongco. We know that this combination of quality product and exceptional service leads to more sales, and in 2015 Bluebird purchased 4 new hydraulic excavators, 1 large loader and 4 articulated rock trucks, significantly increasing the number of VOLVOs in their lineup.

"I’ve got 30,000 combined original hours on the 330 and 460 excavators. That’s unheard of in the industry"

~ Ken Kirk, Vice President, Bluebird Contracting

HUB - Customer Success Story


An Industry Game-Changer in Telematics Solutions


Customer Joe Cuzzolino, Rental Operations Manager
Company HUB Equipment
Location Toronto, ON
Core Business Construction Equipment Sales & Rentals
Strongco Customer >25 years
Equipment VOLVO A40 Articulated Hauler
Notable Project 2016

Highway 407 Extension Phase 2

Launched in 2006 by VOLVO’s Customer Support Division in Sweden, CareTrack is a state-of-the-art, proprietary fleet management system that works with each machine's diagnostics to provide customers and dealers with the ability to examine all machine activity remotely in real time.

Joe Cuzzolino is Rental Operations Manager at HUB Equipment in Etobicoke, pictured here on the left with Strongco Customer Service Representetive, Rick Szczepaniak. For Joe, a 37-year industry veteran whom Strongco introduced to the wireless, telematics program in 2009, tracking of location and machine hours is as simple as logging onto CareTrack’s password-protected web portal – with the support of Strongco’s in-house telematics experts and service technicians.

In early 2016, Joe had an A40 articulated hauler working on the 407 extension on a relativelyremote and undeveloped stretch of the highway just north of Bowmanville, Ontario. The truck was having problems with the regeneration, due to a faulty EC unit and a burner fuel pump. Joe used CareTrack to run a diagnostic and pinpoint exactly where Rick needed to send his technician. The hauler was able to continue working to the project’s schedule – a situation that traditionally would have required a lot more downtime and most likely the need for a replacement machine.

"Through our partnership with Strongco, we can access CareTrack’s remote machine-monitoring capabilities, which lets us know where the machines are at, providing greater flexibility for our customers, whose ultimate goal is to maximize uptime."

Strongco Announces Final Voting Results


Strongco Corporation (“Strongco” or the “Corporation”) today announces the final director election results from the 2016 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “Meeting”) held on May 11, 2016.

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