Goodwin Brothers Construction: Keeping It All in the Family

January 11, 2010 at 10:30 AMRing Power
Godwin Brothers Construction
Goodwin Brothers Construction, located in Brooksville, Fla., specializes in site preparation, mining operations, underground utility and excavation work, and—recently—land surveying. The company also owns a fleet of dump trucks to haul quarry loads to processing centers and reclaimed asphalt to recycling plants. Daniel "Boone" Goodwin, the man behind the company, has relied on superior time management skills and Cat® construction equipment to build a solid reputation for quality work ever since he founded the company in 1987.

Goodwin grew up in what is now called Wesley Chapel, Fla. back when about a dozen families lived within a five-mile radius, and began his career in construction in 1966 as a dozer operator for a Lakeland-based company. After 10 years with this company, Goodwin tried relocating to North Carolina but soon realized his dislike of cold weather and snow. Upon his return to Florida a year later, Goodwin took charge of a subcontracting company in the Brooksville area that specialized in stripping overburden. By the mid-eighties Goodwin was doing mining work all over the state from Newberry to Ft. Pierce. Then, during a slow point in 1985, he took advantage of an option to buy out his partner and incorporated Goodwin Brothers Construction two years later.

As Goodwin continued to grow the company and adapt to customer’s demands for underground utility and excavation work, Goodwin Brothers continued to expand and upgrade its operational facilities: from residential offices, to a pole-barn on agricultural land, to its present location just across the street from Ring Power’s Brooksville branch on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, where it has remained for the past 12 years.

Goodwin’s foresight and self-confidence are evident in the name he chose for his company, which he figured would spare his sons the trouble of having to change the name after he retired. And he was right. Each of the four Goodwin brothers now manages a different aspect of the family business. Daniel handles the estimates, orders the materials and oversees the day-to-day operations. Eddie oversees the underground utility, site prep and paving projects. David is in charge of the company’s mining projects and Michael and the mechanics keep the company’s entire fleet of equipment and trucks running smoothly. This delegation of responsibilities leaves Goodwin free to enjoy his preferred duty on the job site: operating equipment—especially the paver.

Goodwin firmly believes he owes his success to the community that has provided him and his company so many opportunities from the beginning, and he gives back whenever he can. Sometimes by sponsoring little league teams, sometimes by bidding high and often on livestock at the county fair (and giving the bulk of the meat to employees and friends!) Known as a man who still values a handshake, Goodwin is held in high esteem by those with whom his company does business. He lets his company’s reputation speak for itself.

"That’s the way you do business; that’s the way I do business. If I tell somebody I’m going to do something, that’s the way it is," said Goodwin. "People that see us working on one job…see the name on the equipment, and want us to come work on another."

Goodwin has been a Ring Power customer for three decades, since the Rozier days. He still keeps an eye out for new machines that offer ease of use and superior productivity. As a result, he has amassed a broad variety of equipment over theGoodwin Brothers Construction years, allowing his company to meet whatever challenges they face. His inventory of equipment includes off-road trucks, a 400-series backhoe, a 330 and a 345 excavator, various D3, D5, D6, and D8 tractors, a 950H and a 980 wheel loader and a 12H motor grader. Goodwin also recently purchased an AP600 paver to replace an AP800 because he preferred the extended screed for parking lot work; and a 12M because the company needed a second motor grader.

Recognizing that a good name and the respect of your clients and community comes first may not be a new idea, but the commitment to the ideal is something Goodwin Brothers Construction strives to maintain in daily operations. While Goodwin may someday step down, his long-term planning will allow his sons to carry on with the company’s goals—and they won’t even have to change the name on the sign out front.

Goodwin Brothers Construction can be reached at 352.796.0149 or goodwinbrosconst@yahoo.com.

Ring Power News, Winter Edition

December 31, 2009 at 11:46 AMRing Power
The latest news, happenings and tips for your equipment from Ring Power Corporation.

To Our Customers… Ring Power News Cover

In these difficult economic times, not many companies are opening new facilities. However, to better serve our customers, Ring Power embarked on a long-term facility improvement plan in 2005, which has benefited every service area in our Florida sales territory.

The expansion and renovation projects continue to improve our ability to meet the needs of Ring Power customers and include the following:

New Construction
- 35,000-sq. ft. facility in Sarasota
- 27,237-sq. ft. facility in North Jacksonville
- 29,787-sq. ft. facility in Midway, near Tallahassee
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42,449-sq. ft. facility in Pompano Beach for Ring Power Crane and Ring Power Lift Trucks

Renovations & Expansions
- Tampa administrative offices and service bays
- 7,700-sq. ft. crane service facility expansion in Union City, Ga.
- Expansion of the heavy equipment service shop and renovation of the administrative facilities in Orlando and Palm Bay
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The newest construction project, completed this summer, is the new facility located in Lakeland, which replaced the aging building in nearby Mulberry (see article on page 7 for details).

Our investment in facility improvements is a testament to Ring Power’s long-term commitment to providing Ring Power customers the best product, parts and service and maintaining Ring Power’s standing as an industry leader well into the future.

Sincerely,

Randal R. Ringhaver

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In This Issue of Ring Power News  (click to open ---> RPN_Winter_2009_low.pdf (2.16 mb) )

Customer Profiles
- Flying High – Flightstar Aircraft Services - Success is Taking Off
- Lakeland Power Plant Gets New Cat 992K Front End Loader
- All in the Family – Goodwin Brothers Keeping it That Way Since 1987

Division News
- On-Highway Truck Parts & Services Shifts Into Overdrive, Servicing All Makes and Models Diesel Truck Engines
- New Facility–Now Open for Business in Lakeland
- New Faces in New Places

Product Reports
- RoGator Agriculturual Sprayer Receives Some New Creature Comforts
- Forklift Smackdown: Electric Forklift vs. Internal Combustion Forklift
- Air Time – Sullair Introduces New ShopTek™ Air Compressors
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Falcon Tanks: Phoenix Products Newest Product Line Takes Flight

UpTime
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Manage Your Construction Equipment’s Cost Per Hour

Ring Power is north and central Florida's Caterpillar Dealer and encompasses 44 counties. Headquartered in St. Augustine, Ring Power is comprised of seven divisions and has more than 40 years of experience selling, servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment. Ring Power News is produced for customers, friends and associates of Ring Power Corporation. Your comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome. Please submit correspondence to:

Ring Power News Editor
Ring Power Corporation
PO Box 45022
Jacksonville, FL 32232-5022

or click to send an email to: info@ringpower.com

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Ring Power Employees Spread Holiday Spirit to American Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

December 2, 2009 at 10:42 AMRing Power

St. Augustine, FL; December 1, 2009 – For the eighth consecutive year, employees of Ring Power Corporation, north and central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, joined forces to bring holiday cheer to U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, "Christmas for the Troops" netted 154 individual military APO/FPO flat rate boxes containing snacks, candies, toiletries, games, CDs, books, magazines and gun oil. According to Senior Accounting Clerk Dorothy Case, who spearheads the annual drive, "For those who are serving in harm’s way, those items are a real treat."

On November 19, the packages shipped out of the St. Augustine USPS branch to four military units with a special connection to the Ring Power "family:"

Sgt. Philip Wessels, son of VP/Entertainment Services Division GM Phil Wessels, received 15 care packages to share with his U.S. Army Special Forces unit deployed in Iraq.

Marine Cpl. Kory Diley, son of Cat Rental Store Executive Secretary Nikki McDaniel, received 48 care packages for his Special Operations unit in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Bobby Hendrix, brother of Soyna White, who works in the Credit Department, received 76 care packages for his Army National Guard unit, ARSIC-East Echo Company, serving in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Sean Wright, son of Cat Rental Store Administrative Assistant Sheryl Hand and Warranty Department Administrator Wendel Hand, received 15 care packages for his Army Special Forces unit, also deployed in Afghanistan.

Ring Power Corporation, the Cat dealer for north and central Florida, is proud to support its employees’ loved ones, who so bravely serve our country.

 

New Lakeland Branch Now Open for Business

October 14, 2009 at 11:41 AMRing Power

Construction of the new Ring Power facility in Lakeland was completed right on schedule, consolidating Lakeland’s forklift operations and Mulberry’s heavy construction equipment and Cat Rental Store operations on an expansive 40-acre campus. Located less than two miles from exit 10 off Polk Parkway, the new facility at 3425 Reynolds Road offers 76,000 square feet of office, warehouse and service space. The service shops include seven heavy equipment service bays, six Cat Rental Store service bays, two forklift service bays and two bays for on-highway truck repair. 

"Building this new facility is a clear demonstration of Ring Power’s confidence in our customers’ futures as well as our own," said VP Lakeland Regional Sales Manager Mark Wineinger. "Our new location will enable us to penetrate new markets throughout Polk County, while we continue to expand and improve upon our services on behalf of our existing customers in the mining industry."

Ring Power sales representatives, parts associates and service technicians welcome customers to their new location, and ask that you please make note of the new Polk County phone number and address, as the former locations in Mulberry and Lakeland are now closed:

Ring Power Corporation

3425 Reynolds Road

Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number 863-606-0512

Fax Number 863-606-0514 

Announcing RingPowerAG.com for Agricultural Tractors, Attachments, Parts and Service

October 1, 2009 at 10:25 AMRing Power
Challenger farm tractors

Ring Power Corporation, the Challenger farm tractor dealer in north and central Florida, has launched a new Website designed with our agriculture industry customers in mind. RingPowerAG.com has all the latest and greatest information on all of our ag tractors, farm attachments and ag implements, including pages on the complete Challenger line, pre-owned and used farm equipment (with details, pricing and pictures of the available tractors) and frequently asked questions. New to this site are pages where visitors can "Meet Our Team," view agriculture and farm machinery related event photos and read customer and farmer success stories.

For information on Challenger® farm and Agricultural Tractors, Sunflower® discs, ROME® plows,  Land Pride® mowers, Schulte® cutters and rotary mowersSpra-Coupe® ag sprayers, Terra Gator® agricultural sprayers, Diamond Mowers®, ICON® scrapers and pans, Willmer®, and Trelleborg®  agricultural wheel systems, please visit RingPowerAG.com and be sure to visit us at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia October 20-23.

ringpowerag.com website

Jacksonville Cat Rental Store Hosts Bobcat Luncheon

September 8, 2009 at 9:08 AMRing Power
Ring Power, The Cat Rental Store services Bobcat owners.

On July 29th, the Jacksonville location of Ring Power’s Cat Rental Storeâ opened its doors for an informative luncheon. The purpose of the gathering was to welcome all of Bobcatâ of North Florida’s customers to a show and tell of Cat Rental Store’s equipment Jacksonville Ring Powerand services. Ring Power Corporation wanted all Bobcat owners to know that RPC is eager to help with any and all of their parts and service needs.

These customers and guests were invited by their respective North Florida salesmen to visit the Pecan Park location in Jacksonville. Bobcat owners were encouraged to walk through our Service bays and Parts Warehouse. There were eight brand new Compact Construction Equipment machines brought in for the customers to inspect and demonstrate. In addition to the new Cat Compact Track Loaders (CTLs), Multi-Terrain Loaders (MTLs), Skid Steer Loaders (SSLs), and Mini Hydraulic Excavators (MHEs), a wide array of attachments were on site for the customers to see. Trenchers, Vibratory Compactors, Cold Planers, Augers, Mowers, Hammers and Brooms were all there demonstrating just how versatile our compact construction equipment is. After demonstrations and walk-arounds, guests were asked to stay for a barbeque lunch.

The Luncheon proved to be a great success. Jacksonville Account Manager, Kyle Ryan, said one of his customers was so impressed with our equipment line that they traded-in their Bobcat 325 and bought a Cat 303.5 C CR. This company plans to get all their parts and service needs through Ring Power and their rentals through the Cat Rental Store in the future. Ryan’s customer Clift Pools has also started using Ring Power’s CRS service department for all maintenance and repairs on the Bobcat units they already own.

Ring Power Corporation’s Cat Rental Store has two locations in northeast Florida. You can contact the St. Augustine branch at 904.494.7631 and north Jacksonville branch at 904.714.3517. Please call in for any questions about parts and service on any Bobcat or to rent a Cat machine.

Bobcat Owners Turn to Ring Power for Repairs and Maintenance

July 13, 2009 at 12:31 PMRing Power
Bobcat owners in Sarasota and Jacksonville turn to Ring Power for superior service.

Ring Power Services BobcatsFollowing the recent closures of Bobcat® dealerships in Jacksonville and Sarasota, Bobcat owners in these territories have become increasingly concerned about where to find the parts and service they will need to keep their skid steers and compact track loaders up and running. We’re here to tell them they can stop worrying!

Ring Power parts warehouses, shops and technicians are equipped to perform repairs and maintenance on most makes and models—so Bobcat equipment owners can rest easy, knowing that they will still be able to find:

  • Replacement rubber track
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Bumper-to-bumper service, in our shop or in the field
  • Reduced rental rates while their Bobcat is under repair
  • Discounted pricing on machine inspections and oil sampling
  • Free 2-day demo, with approved credit application 

In this market, nobody can afford downtime. But Bobcat owners are finding out that they can rely on Ring Power. We are open for business and we are here to stay.

In addition to skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders and compact track loaders,Ring Power services manlifts, aerial lifts, mini hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, compactors, boom trucks, dump trucks, utility trucks, backhoe loaders and dozers made by Caterpillar, Bobcat, Genie, Terex, JCB, Lull, and other leading manufacturers. Call or email us to schedule service for your Bobcat or other compact construction machines.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

Fire Truck Rescued by St. Augustine Paint Shop

April 29, 2009 at 2:56 PMRing Power
St. Augustine Branch Donates Time to Restore Fire Truck

 

On hand to turn over the shiny, restored truck to Rodeheaver were several Ring Power employees and managers who took part in the effort. Pictured left to right: Branch Service Manager Chris Tomkinson, SVP Director of Facilities and Purchasing Dennis Steed, HE Unit Foreman Daryl Gandy, Larry Albane and Gerald Bustion; Rodeheaver representatives Jim Hughes, Jeff King and Ken Johnson; and President Randy Ringhaver.

Ring Power's St. Augustine branch donated the heavy equipment paint shop's expertise to the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch by offering to restore the charitable organization’s Ford C-Series fire truck. The ranch, which is located in Palatka, Fla., utilizes the fire truck for small brush fires, Boy Scout merit badge training, and to train boys for future public service careers.

The truck had been eaten away by rust, leaving holes in the roof and body. A special thanks to the whole St. Augustine paint shop crew for making the truck look as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line!

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Save Money with Ring Power Diesel Technician Training

April 22, 2009 at 2:25 PMRing Power
Ring Power offers a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: Hydraulics, Electrical, Engine, Safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

If you have Caterpillar® Service Information System (SIS) or Electronic Technician (E/T) but are not using the software, or not using it properly, you are throwing money away!

Let Ring Power’s Training Department help teach your heavy equipment technicians how to use these diesel engine analysis programs to get the most out of your construction equipment investment; because well-trained technicians will save you valuable equipment downtime and, in turn, save your company money.

Ring Power offers you the highest quality of heavy equipment, diesel engine, hydraulics and electronic training in the construction and power generation industry. We accomplish this through the experience, commitment and qualifications of our Master Trainers, which include both State and Federal Certifications. We offer a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: hydraulics, electrical, diesel engine, operator safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

Ring Power's training programs are designed specifically for your heavy equipment and applications. Your organization’s needs are determined by reviewing where you are and where you want or need to be. The training professional then sets about designing a definitive training program to assist in the achievement of your department’s service technician training goals.

For more information or to arrange a heavy equipment, diesel engine service training course: training@ringpower.com

 

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Compact Track Loader Undercarriage Tips

February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AMRing Power
An overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage

Because compact track loaders (CTL) have different undercarriage than skid steer and multi-terrain loaders, an overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage will be helpful. Cat CTL Undercarriage

The Cat-designed and -built undercarriage uses heavy-duty torsion axles for completely independent movement. This gives you smooth travel, better load retention and greater productivity, and allows work in soft underfoot conditions. Steel embeds span the track width to provide durability while continuously wound cables hold the embeds in place and ensure the track does not stretch.


Maintenance Techniques                        

  • Use a recoil grease tensioner to maintain proper track tension.
  • Clean the undercarriage at least once daily, especially between the roller and idler wheels and around the sprocket. It is easier to remove materials like mud at the end of a shift rather than later when it has dried.
  •  The front and rear torsion axles require daily greasing.
     

Operating Practices                                   

  • Make gradual three-point turns to avoid unnecessary wear. Use counter-rotations only when necessary; for example, in confined areas.
  • Working up and down slopes reduces the side-loading wear that occurs when you work across a slope. Keep the heaviest end of the machine uphill.
  • Approach transitions (for example, going over a curb) at a 90° angle. Avoid work where a track is not fully supported by the ground.
  • When back dragging, keep the full length of the track on the ground and the loader arms in the float position.

Contact your Ring Power Representative to discuss your Cat CTL or other undercarriage needs or email us for more information.

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