Meet Treanaka Darensburg!
Treanaka Darensburg is a Field Service Coordinator in our New Orleans/Destrehan service department and we love having her on our team. We enjoyed asking Treanaka a few questions and learning about what she likes to do away from work.
Where were you born and raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in what is called the Westbank- Avondale, Marrero, Harvey and Gretna, Louisiana. I currently live in Reserve, LA, outside of New Orleans.
How long have you been with Hugg & Hall?
I have been with Hugg & Hall since October 2019. I started in Accounts Payable/Receivable with Scott Equipment 15 years ago. When an Office Manager position became available on the Toyota Material Handling side I jumped at the opportunity. Once Hugg & Hall and Scott Equipment traded product lines, I became a Field Service Coordinator for Hugg & Hall. I have been in this position for the last two years.
What does a day in the life of a Field Service Coordinator look like?
I start the morning off dispatching our technicians. I then work on opening and preparing work orders for closing and sending out to customers. I also work on Parts Cart Requests and Recommended Repair forms. My day also involves sending out quotes and handling customer calls and emails. Oh, and lets not forget about doing invoices and receivers for Bill Pay. Just to name a few! 🙂
The best part, or your favorite thing, about working for Hugg & Hall?
The people I work with.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to relax and travel in my free time.
What is an interesting or random fact people may not know about you?
I used to sing in the church choir. I can’t sing at all but I loved it!
Tell us your favorite quote and what it means to you.
“No One Owes You Anything”. People tend to think that others owe you something. I feel that anything you do should be done from your heart. Everything you get, you should work for and earn. So instead of feeling owed, you would feel satisfied and content knowing what you accomplished.
To get to know some of our other coworkers, visit our past employee spotlights.
As the Hugg & Hall Broussard Rental Sales Manager, Conner Tujague helps his team with everything from making the sale to finding the equipment the customer needs. We got in touch with him to learn a little bit more about his role and his favorite things about working for Hugg & Hall.
Where is your hometown?
I grew up in the small town of Eunice, LA where rice and crawfish farming is the way of life for most citizens.
How long have you been at Hugg & Hall?
I have been with Hugg & Hall for a little over two years.
What is your favorite thing about working for Hugg & Hall?
My favorite thing about working at Hugg & Hall is the culture. You have the freedom to choose your work style, which brings out the best in you.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time here at Hugg & Hall?
One of my favorite memories here at Hugg & Hall is when I took a trip to Miami for The Natural Disasters Expo. I learned a lot about natural disaster needs. Free time allowed me to go site seeing as this was the first time I traveled to Miami.
Tell us a little bit about what a day in the life of a Rental Sales Manager looks like.
As a Rental Sales Manager, I receive a lot of calls needing assistance from my sales team. I don’t mind though because I truly like helping people out. A lot of this involves helping my team close on deals and find new opportunities.
What is something that people you work with may not know about you?
I like to play competitive sports. Tennis is my favorite and I played it throughout my childhood and into high school. It’s hard to have time to play now with family and work taking up most of my free time but I plan on teaching my kids when they are older. I tried introducing them to the game, but they end up playing on the playground.
Tell us your favorite quote and what it means to you.
My favorite quote is “No Pain, No Gain”. I believe nothing great in life comes easy. You must work hard and go through trials and tribulations to achieve greatness. Nobody has ever said the journey to the top of the mountain was easy, but there is a lot of lessons to learn on the way up and you will appreciate the top that much more.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
First and foremost, I don’t consider Hugg & Hall being work. I was always told to find something you love to do, and you will never work a day in your life. I truly enjoy my time at Hugg & Hall. Besides my time at Hugg & Hall, I spend it with my family. I am married to my high school sweetheart who which we have three daughters and a baby on the way (Praying for BOY). My daughters love to spend their time outside. Whether it be swinging and riding bikes or swimming at our neighborhood pool.
To contact our rental department or find out more about what equipment we have available for rent, go to our RENTAL PAGE.
Forklifts, and any heavy equipment for that matter, are a pricey investment. We want to get the most for our money, and want machinery that will last for years to come. So, what is the average lifespan of a forklift?
How Old is My Forklift?
A forklift’s lifespan is measured by hours of use, not years. The industry measures forklift lifespans in hours because every business utilizes their machines at different rates.
For example- if you are wanting to purchase a used forklift from, say a Hugg & Hall salesmen, which would you rather purchase:
A 1-year-old forklift from a prominent local warehouse company that ran its forklift 8 hours per day, seven days per week. (Approximately 2,912 hours total) OR
A forklift from a family owned business that utilized their forklift 12 hours per month for five years. (720 hours total)
This is why we look at machinery in terms of hours instead of actual physical age. The stress on a forklift’s lift mass and the process of constantly lifting and lowering equipment is what causes most machines to break down over time, not so much any parts wearing from age.
How Long Should I Expect My Forklift to Last?
The average lifespan of a forklift is 10,000 hours. This may vary depending on the manufacturer, brands like Doosan and Toyota typically have longer lifespans of 15,000-20,000 hours. When your forklift starts sounding like the junkyard will be its new home soon, a refurb program may save the day! Your forklift will receive a through inspection based on its history and needs. To utilize Hugg & Hall’s refurb program, contact your local PSSR!
The Electric Push | Transforming the Construction Industry
With the never-ending push to improve our carbon footprint, more and more companies are beginning to offer electric equipment options into their fleets. Electric equipment reserves the same power diesel-powered machines provide with the added benefits of zero emissions, less noise, and cleaner job sites. Companies such as Toyota, JCB, Genie, and more are coming into this new-age era. Below are just a few of the electric machines Hugg & Hall has to offer.
Toyota has recently launched a new line of electric forklifts. These forklifts provide clean, emission-free workspaces and are ideally used for indoor projects and warehouses. With five models on their product line, you are sure to find what works best for you.
- 3-wheel Electric Forklift
- Ideal for narrow aisles and tight spaces.
- Core Electric Forklift
- Compact four-wheel electric lift capable of moving any standard size load while still being able to operate in spaces as small as 11 feet wide.
- Large Electric Forklift
- Capable of lifting 12,000 lbs.
- Stand-Up Rider Forklift
- Dock-to-Stock capabilities and ideal for navigating narrow aisles.
- Electric Pneumatic Forklift
- Designed for indoor and outdoor applications.
19C-1E is the first fully electric mini excavator and the first E-TECH machine JCB offers in North America. These machines are ideally suited for construction and excavation operations within enclosed or urban job sites, noise and emission sensitive areas such as hospitals or schools. These machines produce zero exhaust and one-fifth the noise. An on-board charger with standard domestic 110V input for 12-hour recharging. Three lithium-ion batteries create enough power to get through a typical workday on a single charge.
Genie has recently released the Z-60 FE fuel-electric, and the Z-60 All Electric articulating boom lift. These machines are ideal for outdoor and indoor operations that require low noise and clean performance. These areas include construction sites, sports arenas, facilities, and challenging pedestrian areas. The Genie boom lifts feature a 135-degree range of motion, allowing workers to quickly and accurately position themselves while the 4WD and full-time active oscillating axles provide traction for gradeability up to 45%.
These are cordless, battery powered rammers that are ideal for indoor construction and renovation projects, for use in poorly ventilated areas and sound sensitive areas. Easy to operate with a quick push-button start, the battery is separate from the rammers and can be replaced without any special tools. Wacker Neuson offers two electric models of their Wacker Packer, the AS50e and AS60e.
The award-winning self-propelled SP50N boom lift can lift two people plus their tools to a platform height of 49ft 6in or a working outreach of 32ft. A 180-degree rotating cage and jib-boom paired with fully proportional multi0function controls deliver remarkable precision when positioning. The SP50N offers two power options, super-efficient battery power or second-generation hybrid power system. These lifts are ideal for indoor use, or a clean, quite operation.
The Skyjack scissor lift is known for being an industry leader for over a decade. Skyjack lifts are ideal for indoor work. With Skyjack’s color coded and numbered wiring system, these machines are easy to trouble shoot and repair.
Push pull attachments offer shippers/warehouses an alternative to pallets. Push pulls are able to slip under and hold loads on slip sheets (cheaper than pallets). These attachments are ideal for specific loading operations that don’t require pallets yet still have significant loading needs. If you have sufficient loading demands but are searching for a way to ax pallets from operations, you might want to consider whether a push pallet attachment could be right for your work site.
Another material handling attachment that can greatly affect productivity is the rotator attachment. Rotators are attachments that can be added to uprights which enable your machine to invert or dump materials. Rotators are often used on job sites to dump scrap, waste, liquids, minerals, boxes with loads like fruit/grains/vegetables and other materials. There are both mechanical and hydraulic options available.
The sideshifter attachment allows machines to move their carriages in a side-to-side motion. The expanded ability to move is ideal for many functionalities. It’s particularly suitable for stacking and job site functions that require precise carriage positioning. Sideshifter attachments are typically available in models that fit most forklift carriages.
One material handling attachment that can be used for a variety of purposes are clamps. Clamps are durable, user-friendly, multi-faceted and effective attachments that are frequently used to pick up and move products. Clamps have the potential to help companies decrease unsafe work environments, increase efficiency and decrease damages to products, while eliminating the need for multiple workers to accomplish the handling task.
Another attachment that is frequently chosen for material handling functionalities are fork positioners. Fork positioners improve the accuracy of forklift operations, reduce damage to pallets/products and improves overall safety. Fork positioners are a hydraulic alternative to repositioning forklift forks, allowing equipment operators to adjust positioning from where they sit. This is especially ideal for those moving a variety of types/shapes of pallets.
A useful material handling attachment are multiple load handlers. Multiple load handlers enable users to lift multiple pallets at once. Perfect for warehousing and plant operations requiring a lot of load handling involving pallets, multiple load handlers can create a more productive and effective operation. Multiple load handlers feature double sideshifters, single-double pallet handlers and are capable of loading and unloading up to six loads.