In addition to the milling machine, Cranford owns a EC210BLC excavator, a L70F wheel loader, a EC55 compact excavator, and a G720 motor grader.
“The milling machine has put him into another segment that he wasn’t in before,” says Roupe. “This has gotten him into the milling business, which looks like a pretty profitable business for him. Benji’s a hard-working guy, and he’s got no fear. He jumps in after anything and makes money with it.”
The new segment is an exciting one for C & H Paving.
“When things get slow it’s just another tool you can market yourself with and keep your employees working,” says Cranford. “Just like going to the grocery store — it’s just another item on the shelf.”
Volvo Construction Equipment has helped Cranford diversify C & H Paving’s business, keeping the wheels turning in a tough economy.
“They always wanted to grow with me,” Cranford says.
As he leaves one jobsite to fly to another, the truth behind that statement cannot be ignored. Cranford started small and with hard work and help from Volvo Construction Equipment, Charlie Roupe and ASC Construction Equipment, he built C & H Paving into a successful business poised for more success.
“It doesn’t matter how big or how small your company is,” Cranford says. “They treat everybody the same, and that’s what makes a lot of difference.”