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Employee Spotlight- Erick Purtle, Heavy Field Service Technician

Meet Erick Purtle, a Heavy Field Service Technician in our Little Rock, AR branch!  Erick recently became a Taylor Master Certified Service Technician so we thought it would be a great time for everyone to learn a little bit about him! 

Where were you born and raised? Where do you live now?

I was born in Little Rock, AR and have lived in Arkansas most of my life, but before high school we lived in Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, and Lake Charles, LA. Around the time I turned 13, we moved to Glen Rose, AR. I’ve traveled a lot for work, but have always come back to Glen Rose and will always call it home.

How long have you been with Hugg & Hall? If you started in a different position, tell us how you got here.

Collectively around 12-14 years. I started as a rental tech and through changes in the company, I became a service tech. I left for a few years and when I returned I went back to being a service tech. After a period of time I was asked to be the lead tech for the shop. After that our shop foreman had some medical issues and I was ask to perform his duties for close to a year. Once we found a new foreman it wasn’t long before I went on the road as heavy equipment road technician and that is what I still do today.

What does a day in the life of a Service Technician look like?

We deal with the weather, good or bad and few late evenings, but we have the freedom and opportunity to use our ideas to get the customer operational in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

The best part, or your favorite thing, about working for Hugg & Hall?

The family based environment. Knowing that not just the people that you work next to everyday care about what happens to you, but even the people at the corporate level have your best interest at heart.

Do you have a favorite memory of your time here at Hugg & Hall?

There was an evening that one of our techs had to get a customer’s wheel loader operational before the next morning so it could be delivered. Word got out to the other heavy road techs and as they got done with their last jobs of the day, they showed up one by one . We all worked late into the night to get it done. This wasn’t because we were told or even asked to. It was just because we knew him and the customer needed the help. I will remember that forever.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Hunting, fishing, and floating the river.

What is an interesting or random fact about you people may not know?

I love to karaoke.

Tell us your favorite quote and what it means to you. 

It’s kind of goofy, but I got it from a Canadian sitcom called Letter Kenny– “Pitter Patter Let’s Get At ‘Er”. I’m pretty sure it’s just another way of saying, let’s getter done. I believe once you have discussed what needs to happen and made a plan, the only thing left is to do the work. Nothing gets accomplished by over thinking or making excuses.

Congratulations on your recognition, Erick, and we’re happy to have you on our team!  

Beat the Heat: 6 Ways to Have Your Equipment Summer Ready!

Summer is on the way, and for some locations, it feels like it’s already here. That being said, you need to be prepared and so does your equipment! Here are some helpful ways you can keep your equipment running smoothly this summer!

  1. Keep an eye on your tires and batteries.

Tires are weakened by extreme heat which can cause blowouts. Check your tire pressure regularly. Test your batteries to make sure they are still functioning efficiently. They can stop working in high heat. Read more about how to test your starting system.

  1. Check engine belts and hoses.

If the belts and hoses on your equipment have discoloration, it could be a sign of overheating. Check them often to make sure your equipment is in good working order.

  1. Cooling system.

You get hot and thirsty during the summer, and so does your engine! Check your equipment to make sure it has the proper coolant and water levels! Also keep an eye on temperature gauges. If it’s overheating, move the machine into the shade and let it sit for a while before shutting it off.  

  1. Be mindful of heat advisories.

The hottest time of day is between 10 AM and 3 PM. Not using our equipment during this time can be counterproductive, so try to keep it to a minimum if possible, to keep the equipment, and yourself, from overheating.

  1. Store machinery properly.

If you are unable to keep your equipment in shaded areas or inside, consider a tarp or equipment cover to keep it from overheating. On especially humid days, rust and corrosion can occur, causing wear on your machine.

  1. Schedule maintenance.

Hugg & Hall is ready to dispatch someone from our service department to inspect your equipment and make sure it is in working order and meeting OSHA safety standards! Safer equipment means a safer job site!

Contact our service department today!