Strong relationships and Vermeer trencher bring NBN to regional Australia

When Anthony Mladenich of Ikon Civil was tasked with bringing NBN to regional Australia, he knew Vermeer Australia could help him get the job done.

As a Victorian-based civil engineer predominantly working in rail signalling, Anthony’s drive to look for new opportunities led to a working relationship with a Tier 1 infrastructure company, which in turn led to a project to help bring NBN to regional Australia. To make it happen, Anthony turned to Vermeer Australia for a ride-on trencher.

“Jim from Vermeer Australia was instrumental in the decision to buy the trencher. He was always there, helping me to understand everything and make the right decision. It’s a solid and good-looking machine, but the exceptional customer service I received is what sealed the deal,” Anthony says.

“The RTX750 Ride-on Trencher was the perfect machine for the job. It’s a great all-rounder, and it fits in tight places which is great for digging alongside roads. When comparing it to an excavator, it can dig 300-400m of trenching in the same time an excavator does 100m. Our productivity is through the roof.”

In addition to far greater productivity over trenching with an excavator, the resultant trench is cleaner and straighter, providing a superior base for utility installation.

The versatile RTX750 Ride-on Trencher has the smallest footprint in its class, making it well-suited to working in tight jobsite spaces and congested areas. It has an arsenal of attachments to match many applications, and is equipped with an integrated system display that allows users to easily toggle through machine diagnostics and functions, like engine rpm, fuel level, alternator voltage, engine coolant temperature and engine hours.

Ikon Civil is a fairly new business, just two years old, but Anthony has achieved early success by maintaining old relationships, building new ones and being bold enough to try new things.

An electrician by trade, Anthony moved into civil construction work about a decade ago and ran his first business for eight years before he was bought out. He thought he’d take a break at that stage but couldn’t resist the opportunity in the market.

“I had a lot of credibility with the people that I’ve worked for in the past and they were screaming out for me to start again,” he says.

With the backing of two business partners, Ikon Civil now has 21 staff.

Anthony is already set on his next purchase from Vermeer Australia.

“I’ll be calling Jim in the next few months. I’ve got my eye on a Skid Steer to help with backfilling.”

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