BTR upgrades fleet

Local success story moves into overdrive

THE local success story of Angle Vale-based business, BTR Excavations, continues to grow, the company adding nine brand new trucks to its extensive fleet from North East Isuzu recently.

It is a far cry from the excavator and backhoe father and son, Barry and Rick Flitter, started with back in 1991.

Including Barry and Rick, BTR Excavations now employs 31 staff.

They have been customers of North East Isuzu for the entire time, Barry pleased with the ongoing service and relationship from a company with similar family-based origins.

North East Isuzu dealer principal, Tony Emanuele, has been with the company for 20 years, taking over mantle from his father, Charlie (deceased), and working in partnership with uncle and company owner, Peter Emanuele.

Tony’s brother, Joe, is dealer principal of the IVECO arm of the company, also based on the same site on Waterloo Corner.

North East Isuzu also has an engineering service, giving them the capability of designing and building trucks and trailers on-site.

The nine new vehicles include six tippers, a service vehicle, crane truck and Flo Con bitumen spreader.

Barry said the relationship between the two companies went beyond simply face value.

“They’ve got the best priced trucks and the best service,” he said.

“By service, that includes all the after purchase support you get.

“If we broke down in the desert, they’d probably get there to help quicker than anyone else.”

Almost to test the theory, Barry did take on of the Isuzu vehicles through the Simpson Desert a few years ago, but fortunately, he did not break down.

The recent additions to the fleet mark a significant point in BTR Excavation’s history as it continues to go from strength to strength.

The company has been providing ongoing contractual services exclusively to the South Australian Water Corporation since privatisation in 1996, developing a long-term business partnership over that time.

“We have constructed many thousands of new water and sewerage connections, water and sewer main extensions and alteration work to existing SA Water assets as required,” Mr Flitter said.

“We have undertaken specialist projects and maintenance work for SA Water in many varied locations, often outside of the standard scope of construction work and times.”

Amongst those projects include major works, including the Portrush Road upgrade project, Port Wakefield Road and Northern Expressway upgrades on behalf of SA Water for the Department of Transport.

“We were also awarded Elizabeth City Centre mains upgrading project as part of a multi-million dollar upgrading and expansion of the Elizabeth Shopping Centre, involving a major upgrade and expansion of the existing SA Water assets on-site, while still keeping the existing assets on-line during the entire project, as the shopping centre was still in use,” Mr Flitter said.

“Our prime directive on the work that we have undertaken from BTR’s inception to the present day is to provide excellent customer service to our prime customer, the SA Water Corporation.

“It is for this reason we have specifically engineered our company to servicing SA Water’s needs.

“We pride ourselves on community spirit and support our local businesses.

“We’re also gold sponsors of children’s charity, Variety, participating in its 4WD Challenge for the past two years, we sponsor several local sporting clubs, including Virginia and Two Wells Football Clubs, and are a corporate sponsor for World Vision.”

The 29 staff employed at BTR Excavations also play a major part in the success of the business.

“Without the determination and dedication of all involved, this company would not be where it is today,” Mr Flitter said.

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