Employee Spotlight: Fred O’Neil

Your nerves tingle. Blood rushes throughout your body, pulsing loudly in your temples. Forcing your head back against the headrest of your 1997 Camaro, you clear your mind and embrace the rush. You look over and type numbers into the delay box next to you. You wrap your hands around the steering wheel and slowly push the gas pedal to the floor. The car goes forward and reverse at the same time, rocking as the engine revs with the brakes locked. Your eyes move quickly back and forth.  The color of the bulb. The timer. The color of the bulb. The timer. Adrenaline courses through your veins. You take one more deep breathe as you close your eyes. The light changes. The engine revs. There’s a jolt backwards. Then, for a few thrilling seconds, you are controlling several tons of machinery and hundreds of horsepower down a dragstrip, looking for that finish line.

Passion for Precision

Attach23203_20170816_100210Racing is true art form highlighting the power and precision of machinery, and it’s a natural hobby for Fred. When you race cars, you have to not only love the adrenaline-filled race, but also have a true passion for the precision mechanics in muscle cars and other machinery.

Fred’s love for racing and working on his car naturally extended to his work with Boulter, where he started in 1981 as a Millwright Foreman. As a millwright, he worked on machines, taking them apart and putting them together again to solve mechanical issues, just as he would with his Camaro. We think it’s safe to say Fred is not one to separate work from his hobbies.

A Wealth of Knowledge

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After close to forty years with the company, Fred is an invaluable asset to Boulter. His technical skill, love of mechanics and deep knowledge of Boulter’s services and history serve him and the company every day in the office, in the field and in conversations with potential new clients. Over four decades, Fred has held several hats, including millwright, warehouse manager and now business and sales. Fred is using his years of experience and deep industry knowledge to increase Boulter’s business. With years of hands on field knowledge, Fred knows just how to relate to the customer and explain how Boulter can best serve them.

Working for Three Generations of Boulters

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Starting with William T. Boulter, Fred has served under three family generations. Over 36 years, Boulter’s business, services and generations of Boulter have changed, but Fred remained a constant; learning everything about the company, its history and services, and the family that started a legacy 125 years ago.

Fred has learned something different from each of the three Boulters he’s worked with and their management style. When he first came to the company, William T. Boulter taught him about dedication to customer service. Early in his career, Fred’s work ethic was to “get up early and get it done,” but William T. Boulter taught him the importance of serving the customer, making sure they are happy with the job you are doing. Something Fred still believes true today. “The company isn’t number one; it’s the customer… if the customer is happy the boss is happy,” William T. Boulter once said.

Fred recalls William G. Boulter as an overall great guy and boss. “He really expanded the business and took Boulter’s service offerings to another level.” He remembers William S. Boulter, current CEO and President, growing up around the Boulter offices. Fred was there for William S. Boulter’s first job painting a fence at the Boulter offices and loves working alongside him as he continues to evolve and grow the business. IMG_4016

Even with almost four decades of experience and three generations of Boulter management on his resume, Fred has nothing but positive things to say about the company and his experiences. In Fred’s opinion, “Boulter is successful because of the people that work here and the quality of our equipment. We will always have the right equipment.” Fred went on to say the company is easy to work for because of the reputation, “We have a great customer base as we’ve been in the business for 125 years.”

Fred’s love and pride for the company is noticeable to anyone who talks with him. He helped build Boulter into the company it is today and he’s truly invested in making sure they continue to be successful.

Fred currently resides in Ontario, N.Y., with his wife of 35 years, Susan. He is a proud father and grandfather and the loving owner and hobby drag racer of a 1997 Camaro and 1967 Camaro RS/SS.

 

The lowdown: You have to spend money to save customers’ money

“You spent how much?!” exclaimed Michele Rhoda, our CFO & VP. “One million,” I calmly repeated to her. That’s right! Boulter invested one million dollars in the latest, greatest equipment in 2016. All in the name of decreasing your costs and increasing the safety of our team and your cargo. Let me talk to you about some of my favorites.

What I tell a client when they have precious cargo …

Don’t worry. Your equipment is safe with us. We Boulter 10-Wheeler Zoomed Out 12517.jpgbought a new Peterbilt Rollback truck with air ride suspensions. This advanced technology ensures fragile equipment and machinery gently moves with the bounces, turns, and twists of its transport so nothing gets hurt. We purchased this automatic flatbed to replace our 17-year-old one that had 200,000 miles on it. She served us well, but it was time for an upgrade.

 What people are talking about …

A custom-fit utility truck that stays with our fabrication team all the time. It holds our specialty tools and equipment, allowing the team to go directly from site-to-site without stopping at the office, saving you time and money. Even better, with the additional trailer, the truck can tow up to 10,000 lbs. This gives us some flexibility to reduce our equipment needs and your costs even further.

 Why I’m giving a high-five to our new lowboy trailer…

This 55-ton, low-profile trailer can haul extra-heavy and tall equipment with weights up to 110,000 lbs. and heights of up to 12 feet. The trailer can even be detached hydraulically for quick and easy loading and unloading. Plus, the air ride suspension makes for a smooth, safe transport for your machinery and equipment.

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 We bought three Hoist Liftruck forklifts, and the largest doubles our lifting capacity from
30,000 lbs. to 60,000 lbs. In the past, we’d often need a crane for these really heavy jobs. But with these forklifts, we can lift more weight with less equipment and team members, meaning we cost you less. All three forklifts have advanced safety features, too.

The FR Series 15/25 and 40/60 give us the flexibility of two fork trucks with one piece of equipment. With just the push of a button, these machines open up to extend their counterweights and center of gravity, giving them increased lift capacity. For the ultimate versatility, the 40/60 even comes with a hydraulically powered, multi-stage telescopic boom that can lift objects up to 26 feet in the air. Both trucks are easily maneuverable, even in tight spaces, and incredibly light, allowing for easy transportation.20170301_113225_001

Our new 18-ton pneumatic P360 runs on a high-performance Cummins diesel engine and is durable enough to withstand rugged outdoor environments and road conditions. The wide, open mast and unique low-profile counterweight allows the operator to see unobstructed views in all directions.

All of this technology isn’t just for our fun, but to better serve you—our customers. You’ve got my promise that we’ll always show up to your project’s site with the most advanced equipment to get the job done right. Interested in learning more? Check out some other pieces of our equipment.

William Boulter, CEO & President

How Boulter Sets the Safety Standard

“Safety first, never last. Have a future, not a past.” That’s the motto our friends at York Safety Solutions shared with us at our annual safety day training this year. The entire Boulter team got together to talk about this top priority.scene 3 - rigging1

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, York employees visited several of our jobsites and then gathered their findings into inspection reports to share.

That went great. It was a mutual feeling all around: they aren’t your typical “gotcha” guys. More like partners. They collaborated with our leadership, project managers, and guys on the ground to make the presentation about content that actually mattered to us.

Everyone agrees. It’s always nice to have someone come in and refresh us. Each time you hear it, it sticks in your head even more. 

TieoffWhy do we have ongoing safety training?

 We believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility. And we take that belief very seriously, proven by our employees working 90,000+ hours with no major accidents.

It helps that all field employees have a minimum of 10-hours of OSHA training, and foremen, like Matt Levick, have at least 30 hours. But, Boulter is about so much more than the minimum safety standards. According to Matt:

 “As Union guys, we’re always properly trained. Everyone goes through a four-year apprenticeship where we’re taught safety for our trades before we even begin to work.”scene5 -steelfab2

Matt recalls his apprenticeship and how he learned the ins and outs of the work. Not just
how to do it, but how to do it safely. And it pays off. Matt says it best:

“If you look at our vehicles, hear about our referrals, and see our careful workmanship, you’ll recognize how Boulter has set the standards in terms of safety. We are the ones everyone follows.”

Want to learn more about safety at Boulter? Click here.

Blogs, birthdays, and big moves

A lot has been happening here at Boulter, so we realize it’s about time for an update. That’s why we’re drilling down and getting back to blogging. From here on out, you can expect to hear from us every two weeks.

What’s new?

Thanks to clients like you, we’re turning 125 years old. We’ve got some fun plans in the works to show how much we appreciate your business. Including a very happy birthday bash no one will forget.

We’ve also added to our collection of heavy duty equipment. Putting the final touches on some new additions that’ll hit the road in the next few weeks. Two brand spanking new pickup trucks and a bright, shiny 10-wheeler could appear at your next job site.

Anything else?

You bet. Our leadership team is growing stronger every day. We recently hired Karen Marsh as our VP of Human Resources and promoted Donald Luther to Operations Manager.

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“I’m excited to join the team and contribute to Boulter’s continued success and growth by supporting and championing team training, safety, and efficiency that will benefit our clients and staff.”

—Karen

 And Don is just as thrilled.  donald-luther

“While this is a new position, it’s one for which I’ve been preparing for years by partnering with Willis [our CEO and President] directly and I’m excited to officially take the reins and get deeply involved in all of our client projects.”

—Don

 What’s old news?

_dsc0157We’re still a local family business now in its fifth generation of ownership. Skillfully and safely moving our clients’ most valuable assets and heaviest equipment on time and on budget is still our top priority.

We continue to maintain a consistent safety record. And our teams use the newest, most advanced machinery to get your jobs done more efficiently. All cargo arrives in the same condition it left your facility, so you can get your operations back online. Fast.

Here’s a reminder of our services:

Remember, if you need to move something big, ask Boulter. But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what our clients are saying or get all the nitty gritty details on some projects we’re really proud of. Then check back in a few weeks for the next blog on our annual Safety Day.

A Fresh New Website for 2016

New Year, New Look!

Have you visited our website recently? If so, then you have noticed our completely redesigned webpage, which was launched on New Year’s Eve. Some of the new features include: expanded sections for our core services, embedded service videos, and social media feeds. If not, we welcome you to explore our site and let us know what you think.

With our new design, we wanted to provide our clients and potential customers with a user-friendly experience. It helps communicate our brand and our message in a more cohesive way.

Moreover, the new layout showcases more of Boulter’s specialties. In addition to being Rochester’s #1 provider of rigging services, Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. offers companies so much more! For example, did you know that Boulter also specializes in custom steel fabrication and custom crating & packaging? Regardless of the industry, if you need something moved, shipped, stored, or fabricated, Boulter has the capability.

While the best way to experience Boulter quality is through first-hand experience, clients can now get a feel for our work by viewing the service videos. Each of the 9 videos delves a little deeper into what we stand for and our commitment to success. Watch the videos here.

Learn more about some of the frequent projects Boulter undertakes. Need a Heidelberg Press installed? Our services are unparalleled. Visit our Project Gallery for other examples.

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Contact us today for a quote with absolutely no obligation!

Boulter Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Boulter Industrial Contractors, Inc. has launched its video marketing campaign to better showcase the wide variety of services it offers. With a completely re-designed website in the works and scheduled for release at the end of this year, one of the site’s upgrades is the inclusion of these short promotional videos.

Boulter has started posting the combo1videos to its YouTube channel then sharing them on social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. The first video was released last Friday showcasing Steel Fabrication; yesterday’s video concerned Custom Crating & Packaging. With a total of 9 short videos, Boulter plans to share 1 to 2 videos each week culminating in the unveiling of its new website.

The short videos introduce viewers to Boulter’s Project Managers, putting faces and names to the people whom clients will be working with throughout the process.

Still have questions about Boulter?

Subscribe to Boulter’s YouTube channel and see the videos as they post to get behind-the-scenes view of what Boulter does; follow Boulter on Facebook or LinkedIn; or contact Boulter today to see how your company can experience the Boulter difference.

Our New Peterbilt: Allowing Us to Serve Our Clients Better

Nearly five months ago, we invested in a 2016 Peterbilt for light, everyday moving capability.  Although it is officially our “smallest” truck, it is by no means small.  The vehicle has a 24-foot long van body with a 103-inch inside height.  The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is 33,000.

Not only does this truck have better gas mileage, but the model 337 is an air-ride vehicle providing smoother transport for sensitive cargo; such as, smaller machinery, electronic equipment, and office furniture.

Another perk of this model is that it doesn’t require a loading dock.  The 8-foot by 8-foot rear, cargo-loading door has a  3,000 pound lift-gate, which allows us to make ground-level deliveries.

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Specifications in Short:

Van body: 24’

3,000 lb lift-gate

Inside height: 103”

Ground-level delivery capable

Rear door height: 8’x8’

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Contact us today to get a quote for your transportation and moving needs: (585)265-3260.