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Expanding to meet increased operations

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Operating demands have created recent growth at Crux, leading to new hires, internal promotions and increased equipment manufacturing.

The company has seen 14 new hires and 4 internal promotions over the past two months, as well as 10 new drills manufactured in-house since 2010.

Among other noteworthy internal changes, Brandon Gereaux was promoted to Field HR and Safety Director. “Gereaux  has been with the company almost 10 years and is one of our most experienced drillers,” says HR Director, Curt Nead. “He was an obvious choice.” The position was created to support ongoing, large-scale transmission foundation projects in Southern California.

Additionally, a number of experienced Driller Assistants have been moved to Lead Driller positions, and new positions have been added in Crux’s local fabrication facility to fulfill increased production needs.

Ten new Crux-Beretta spin drills have been added to the company’s inventory since 2010. The designs are patent-pending and custom-designed for a wide variety of difficult-access projects. Work has also begun on a new Burley 5500 truck-mounted geotechnical drill. Mounted on a 4×4 Unimog U500 truck, the combination drill will replace an older version of the equipment. The new drill features on-board tire pressure monitoring and can travel as slow as 6/10 mph in full gear, providing superior control. “The combination lets us access locations that call for more than a standard truck rig, while still requiring the setup and transport speeds of one,” says Shop Manager Ken Edmonds. “We’re excited to see the added benefits the new equipment can bring to our projects.”

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