Astec Underground and Ring-O-Matic form marketing alliance for vacuum excavators

May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

ASTEC Underground and Ring-O-Matic have agreed to market the Ring-O-Matic line of vacuum excavators under the Astec name and through the Astec Underground network of dealers.

“We believe the Ring-O-Matic product line complements our HDD products very well,” said Doug Zukowski, Astec Underground vice president, sales and marketing. “These high-quality products give our customers another underground construction solution that will make their work safer and more productive.”

Bob Zylstra, CEO of Ring-O-Matic agreed.

“The vacuum excavators are an excellent machine to help locate existing underground utilities that may be in a horizontal drill’s path,” he says. “Physically locating utilities near the drill path is a best practice for contractors to improve safety and to reduce the likelihood of damaging a preexisting utility. Selling horizontal drills and vacuum excavators together is a natural fit for our dealers and their customers. This alliance will help create additional value for contractors, Astec Underground, our dealers, and Ring-O-Matic.”

Ring-O-Matic is located in central Iowa and has been manufacturing vacuum excavators since 1996. Ring-O-Matic brought many “firsts” to the vacuum excavator market. The company says its patented Cyclo-Jet pothole excavator tool is the fastest and cleanest excavator of its type. Ring-O-Matic's variety of vacuum excavators include those with spoils tank capacities up to 2,000 gallon and up to 83 horsepower.

Astec Underground, located in Loudon, TN, manufactures Astec walk-behind and ride-on utility trenchers, vibratory plows and horizontal directional drills, along with related parts and accessories, the Trencor line of high-performance rock trenchers, surface miners, Road Miners, and related equipment, and Astec EarthPro Geothermal Drills.

Astec's network comprises 62 dealers that operate in more than 155 locations.