Monthly Archives: September 2022

Employee Spotlight: Kobe Scrape

Remember in July, when we highlighted our intern Kobe Scrape? We’re excited to spotlight him again for his work compiling a comprehensive guide to our new Point of Rental System! 

Kobe immediately took initiative when informed about our new standard operating procedures. During his time with Hugg & Hall, he has written instruction copy for our Point of Rental Guide and filled in specifications and photos for each piece of equipment. This guide allows customers to see and read the different options, sizes, and power types for each piece of equipment we offer for rental.

Kobe was raised in Jonesboro, AR. He’s attending the University of Arkansas and he’ll graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business. Kobe chose Hugg & Hall for his internship because he says it’s a “necessity”: “without companies like Hugg & Hall, most factories, buildings, events, etc. would be unable to operate or even exist.” He loves the atmosphere and says he feels accepted and welcomed. 

Kobe enjoyed the opportunity to write and compile information because he’s been able to assist the company “in taking a huge step in a new direction.” 

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8 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Jobsite For Fall

Fall construction has unique safety challenges that can impact projects and jobsites. Use these safety tips to prepare your jobsite for fall and help prevent accidents and equipment damage. 

 

1. Provide adequate lighting with balloon lights or light towers

Daylight Savings won’t end until early November this year, but the days are already getting shorter. Consider adding balloon lights to your jobsite! These lights are versatile and illuminate everything around them evenly, making it easier to avoid shadows. They have diffused light, which eliminates glare and makes night work easier on the eyes. 

 

2. Prepare for colder temperatures by adding portable heaters

As temperatures start to drop rapidly in the evenings and remain chilly the following morning, it’s important to have portable heaters to keep your staff comfortable and safe. 

 

3. Provide power for lights and heaters

Your jobsite might not have needed additional power during the summer, but with winter approaching, generators can keep your space warm and well-lit. 

 

4. Clear leaves and debris 

Leaves can become slick with rain or dew and can hide uneven ground, increasing the risk of falls or equipment damage. They can also block air intake and exhaust on equipment. Keep a sweeper or leaf blower on hand to clear your jobsite of leaves, and remove any leaves from equipment or vehicles. 

 

5. Take precautions when it rains

Be prepared for muddy terrain and wet surfaces. If possible, set up drainage on your jobsite to remove mud and use gravel to increase traction. Hose off equipment at the end of the day to avoid jams caused by mud. 

 

6. Consider providing overhead protection

If your jobsite is outdoors, you now have to consider both sun and rain. As leaves fall, jobsites that had plenty of shade will now be exposed to the sun, and sudden storms can cause equipment shutdowns and put employees in danger. Overhead protection, like construction tents and canopies, can help with both problems. 

 

7. Store equipment and materials

Hugg & Hall Mobile Storage

To avoid leaves and debris, you can store your equipment in an enclosed space to protect it. A good option is to rent a portable storage container. You can rent one from Hugg & Hall Mobile Storage by visiting their website or calling 501-562-1267.

Hugg & Hall Mobile Storage is an affiliate company and separate from Hugg & Hall Equipment Company. We do not rent portable storage containers.

 

8. Prepare for winter

If your project will extend into winter, you should begin preparing winter emergency kits for your drivers and equipment operators. Kits can include water, nutritious snacks, blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper/snow brush, and more. 

 

Takeaways

  • Prepare for winter early by renting lights, heaters, and generators. 
  • Be prepared to clear mud, additional debris and leaves from your jobsite. 
  • Store your equipment properly. 
  • Think ahead to save yourself from additional costs and lost time.

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Roberts

Meet Ryan Roberts, our Heavy Field Service Technician in Oklahoma City!

As a Heavy Field Service Technician, Ryan travels around the state and repairs heavy machinery and equipment. He has been with Hugg & Hall for five years. 

Ryan is Taylor Level II certified, meaning he has completed Taylor Machine Works training for Hydraulics and TICS (Taylor Integrated Control System). One of his favorite experiences with Hugg & Hall was the opportunity to go to Mississippi for Taylor school, where he also got to meet with employees from other branches.

Ryan’s favorite part of his job is doing diagnostics. He loves “meeting customers on site to repair their equipment efficiently and correctly, and the complex issues that I get to diagnose and repair.” He loves getting to meet and build relationships with customers all over Oklahoma.

He’s an Oklahoma native who returned to his home state after college to be closer to family. Outside of work, he helps out with his family’s farm. The farm has been operating in his family since the Oklahoma Land Run. He enjoys spending time with his family, working on vehicles, hunting, fishing, and “just being outdoors.” 

To learn more about our employees and read more employee spotlights, visit HuggHall.com

Where the “&” Means More

With over 60 years in the equipment industry, “& more” is our specialty. Across our five main departments, our mission is to be the leading provider of materials, products, and services, keeping your workplace and equipment running smoothly.  

 

   

You’ll never want for machinery with Hugg & Hall’s massive rental fleet. We have affordable, accessible equipment to make your life easier on your jobsite. Whether you need light construction equipment, material handling, or anything in-between, we have you covered. 

 

Our service teams help you get up & running when your equipment needs repairs. Whether it’s in the shop or on the road, Hugg & Hall keeps you moving. 

 

With Hugg & Hall’s Parts Division, you have access to over $8 million in on-hand inventory and over 35,000 stocking part numbers. Our 50+ parts professionals have nearly 600 years combined experience and they’re dedicated to finding parts for you. 

 

If you’re in the market for new or used equipment, Hugg & Hall is the right place to look! We have more than 25 of the leading equipment brands available for purchase, including Bobcat, Doosan, Genie, Taylor, and Toyota. Our salespeople are ready to help you find what you need. 

 

When your jobsite needs portable power, air compressors, or climate control, our Utility Services team has the inventory to help keep the lights on and the jobsite comfortable. 

 

Your jobsite, project, and equipment are important to the team at Hugg & Hall. We’re here and we’re ready to help: our “&” means more. 

Employee Spotlight: Dustin Birth

Meet Dustin Birth, our Equipment Yard Coordinator in Fort Smith, AR! 

Dustin is one of our most well-traveled employees. He was born in Fort Stewart, GA, raised in Tumwater, WA, and currently lives near Dora, AR. 

As a Yard Coordinator, Dustin is constantly moving equipment to different parts of the yard. This includes the ready line, the dock, the wash bay, and staging. He said that “all different kinds of equipment is dropped off and taken out every day–some new and some old.” Dustin loves the “good vibes” at Hugg & Hall. His favorite thing about his job is testing equipment, cleaning it to near-pristine condition, and working outside. 

Dustin is also a veteran. After his most recent deployment, he turned down reenlistment, a promotion, and a chance to be Active Guard Reserve for the AR National Guard for the opportunity to pursue a different career path.

In addition to an enjoyable new job, Dustin now gets to spend more time with his wife. His favorite activities all include spending time with her: “binge watching shows or movies, or getting together and hanging out with our friends. We go out to shoot pool, go bowling, or go to the shooting range. Sometimes I stay home and hop on the game system, but I mostly love just having small weekend getaways with the wife out of town.” 

We always love to know our employee’s favorite quotes. Dustin’s is from Henry Kravis. “If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” 

To learn more about our awesome employees, check out HuggHall.com!