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Family company reaps returns from Lokotrack investment

The Zanow group of companies is a family owned, diverse and vertically integrated construction materials company managed by Brad and Darren Zanow. The brothers have built on the foundation provided by their father’s foray into the earthmoving business more than 50 years ago and have consistently continued to grow.

Zanow’s Concrete and Quarries also provides a wide range of services, from the clearing of blocks of land to crushing and screening quarry products. The group maintains its founding earthmoving capabilities and includes production, distribution and delivery of the full range of high quality sand, gravel, soil and hard rock products, including concrete aggregates, asphalt aggregates, sealing aggregates and the full complement of roadbase and rock products.

Zanow’s also recently entered the ready mixed concrete market, to further extend its range of complementary services to the construction industry in south-east Queensland. Zanow’s centrally located quarry sites and use of modern production technology guarantees the company produces a wide range of bulk quarry products. Delivery of these products, via Zanow’s transport fleet, provides a one-stop shop when selecting bulk supplies of quarry products for different projects.

Zanow’s Concrete and Quarries has long been associated with its Fernvale operation, and has continued its expansion plans by embarking on a greenfield quarry development at Kalbar, 38km south-west of Ipswich. Early in this process, and to inform himself of the best crushing and screening products available internationally, Brad travelled throughout Europe for five weeks, inspecting quarry equipment and speaking to equipment owners to ascertain the pros and cons of each brand.

He visited Spain, Finland, Ireland and England on his fact-finding mission, and the consistent theme was that Metso equipment had a great reputation, while other brands received mixed reviews from their owners.

Brad was pleasantly surprised at how Metso equipment resale values remained high even after thousands of hours of service. No one was keen to part with their Metsos! He also noticed providers of non-Metso hire units were very keen to sell units after 3000 hire hours, but Metso units were kept considerably longer, which spoke volumes. The hardest rock crushing applications he visited featured Metso crushers, many exceeding 25,000 hours of service and still operational. This due diligence process refined Brad’s requirements. He knew he needed:
• A proven hard rock primary crusher that was robust and reliable, with a long service life.
• A machine that could handle the intended feed size and rock hardness.
• A machine that provided sufficient operational flexibility to follow the quarry face or even be shifted to other project sites.

For the Zanows, the Metso LT120 Lokotrack was the best option, as it was big enough to handle the application and provide high production capacity, and didn’t require breaking up for transportation.

Contact was made with Tutt Bryant Equipment’s account manager Justin Guilfoyle, who provided all specification options available and processing simulations.

“Justin made the entire sales process very easy and even held the machine for us until we were ready to buy,” Brad said. “Tutt continues to support us with aftermarket sales service.”

Integral to the successful development of the Kalbar site is the knowledge provided by Zanow’s Concrete and Quarries senior site executive Paul Gourchenok.

{{image2-a:l-w:640}}His quarry industry experience spans 35 years, many of those with two construction materials majors in Australia with large Lokotrack fleets.

“Metso Lokotracks are easily maintained, easy to operate through the IC units and are provided with good back-up and tech support,” Gourchenok said.

The LT120 has provided Gourchenok and Brad Zanow with very high availability levels that will allow them to continue to expect results. Brad’s engagement with Metso’s LT120 has reinforced his decision to apply the same processing rationale to his fixed plant development, which is well under way.

Tutt Bryant Equipment continues to support Zanow’s Concrete and Quarries through its quarry development plans.

Source: Tutt Byrant Equipment.

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