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Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1

W

ith a name like Steele in Pennsylvania, you’d

expect Steele Construction, Inc. owner Bill

Steele to specialize in structural steel con-

struction, or to own a foundry. Instead, he is recognized as

one of the premier builders of timber-framed homes in the

state. As new housing-starts dipped during the latest eco-

nomic recession, Steele further grew his business on the

strength of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom.

Bill Steele said:

“We were lucky enough to get into a gas contract,

and now our company is pretty much evenly split

between the building of heavy timber frame and

moving dirt,”

The company specializes in site reclamation at new gas

extraction sites after a well pad is finished. Typically, the

area involved is about 1 acre (4,000 m²), but the surround-

ing area, including access routes, that was affected by the

construction must be put back to its natural state.

“Time is money and the gas companies want the

reclaiming done within a tight time-line. The only

way we could do it is with bigger equipment.”

As a result, the company has invested in four newdozers

- two 850L dozers and two 2050M

dozers from Case Construction

Equipment. The biggest change

came with the size of the two

2050Ms (214 horsepower, 45,414

pounds).

“We went from very small to

very big. It was a big step for

us and I am happy to tell you

it was the best step we ever

did. We get on the jobs faster, we get off the jobs

faster and we are actually making more money

with the bigger dozers,”

Right-Sizing the Fleet

Outfitted with a 6.3 yd³ (4.82 m³) blade and featuring

81,000 pounds (36,740 kg) of drawbar pull, the 2050M

represents a major increase in the company’s earthmoving

power – without making it too difficult for Steele to trans-

port the machine from site to site.

“The roads up there are very narrow, bridges are

small, just happens this is the largest dozer we can

get into some of these pads. We still need two

permits on this dozer, but we at least can get them

across the bridges.”

The machine also works well on varied terrain. When

reclaiming ponds and other portions of well sites, the doz-

ers occasionally work on steep slopes. The 2050M has

proven to be extremely stable and capable of retaining its

power, even in sloped conditions.

Steele Construction, Inc.

Case Construction Equipment

Steele Knows Dirt

Natural Gas Boom Grows

Contractor’s Earthmoving

Business

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