Tucker Paving extends its already-solid embrace of automation to its excavators
In a construction business environment that increasingly demands speed and efficiency from its players, the onus is on contractors to meet those demands — and they are doing so in a range of new and differing ways. For Florida construction specialist Tucker Paving, already a decade-long proponent of GPS-based machine control, that has meant drawing on that same technology to step up the excavation facet of their game. The results of doing so have been both impressive and undeniable. At a central Florida residential development, using automated excavator technology on several machines, the company reduced the time needed for some segments of the workflow by half, made better use of other equipment and improved their position with project owners as a valued partner. Tuckered out? Nope, just getting started.
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It should come as no surprise that Winter Haven-based Tucker Paving is as busy as they currently are — managing as many as 40 projects at any given time. Central Florida now boasts one of the highest influxes of new residents and rates of development of almost any area in the country. Studies show roughly 1,500 people moving to the region every week, boosting the populations of the seven major central Florida counties from 4.3 million to 5.2 million residents over the next decade. In Polk County alone (home to Tucker Paving), the population is projected to increase by more than 24% by 2030. All that growth equates to a huge demand for housing and commercial space, a need that bodes well for contractors like Tucker, according to Eric Woodcock, the company’s equipment manager.
“Developments in this part of the state are springing up almost everywhere,” he said. “The area of Polk County where we are currently working — particularly near the I-4/SH27 interchange — is just exploding. This project, called BellaVida Resort Phase 3, is a 57-acre site that will feature 300+ homesites for both single-family dwellings and townhomes. Since we started, we've been moving at a nice clip, largely because of the GPS-based equipment we have at work.”