David Hance points ten feet in front of him with a big smile on his face. “That is one of the biggest boom trucks in the country,” he exclaims.
Hance, president and CEO of New York Dump Trucks Inc., is not shy when it comes to showing off his fleet of trucks.
He is also not shy about the branding of his trucking company, which has one main theme: Neon orange everything.
Mega Boom, as it’s called, has giant neon orange tire rims that glisten in the sun. Throughout New York City and Long Island, where his fleet is based, the neon orange has become easily identifiable amongst anyone who walks or drives by it.
“We’re on call 24/7, 365 days a year. We’re a subcontractor of NYC department of environmental protection services. Any time a water mane breaks, and you see water gushing out of the street, the city hires a company to respond to that quickly within three hours to fix it. We’re one of those companies.”
Up until the end of March, Hance’s business was busy attending to tons of construction jobs around NYC and surrounding areas. Jobs like, supplementing the building of skyscrapers, road repairs, and city construction all fall into the wheelhouse of what Hance’s company can do.
“The governor allowed all construction to proceed. But now that things have become more serious, all but the most essential construction is shut down. That eliminated 2/3 of our business but we remain on-call for the emergency water infrastructure jobs.”
If a water pipe broke somewhere in the five boroughs, Hance provides the trucks and equipment that is needed to attend to the dilemma.
“What typically happens is, I get a text from the NYC department of environmental protection. They are the overseers of all the water infrastructure in NYC.”
He focuses on one important point. “We take it for granted when we turn on our tap, we get clean fresh water. NYC is known for having some of the best water in the world. For that to happen, so much work has to be done. Maintaining the thousands of miles of piping that and related infrastructure takes a lot of effort. Hundreds and hundreds of people work on that.”
Hance will typically get a call to respond to a certain location and has a maximum of about three hours to get to the job.
“It’s important that we respond as quickly as possible because depending on the case, hundreds of people could be without water. If water is shut off for even 8 hours, you see just how precious a commodity water really is.”
The dump trucks can be used to bring anything from emergency road plates to cover the road until it can be fixed, lighting at night so you can light up the area safely, wood sheeting and more.
The caterpillar digging machines also have to be towed to the job sites and his trucks are capable of lugging those where they need to be as well.
David Hance is no stranger to hard work. His earliest memories involve him working as young as ten years old.
“I grew up in Long Island with five other siblings. Even with our parents working full time, we grew up poor. Working was just engraved in us,” Hance recounts.
His first few jobs happened to be in the auto industry. He recalls memories of washing windshields and observing auto mechanics in action.
Fast forward 40 years and it’s no surprise that Hance has his hand in the trucking industry.
“Our goal one day is to become a general contractor where we can be the one winning bids and doing the job with our own resources. It takes a lot of money and a lot of insurance. We hope to be there in another two to three years.”
With 40 trucks running in total, Hance has no shortage of tasks to get done on a weekly basis.
The construction business can present new challenges each week. When asked how Hance stays on top of it all he is filled with advice.
“If you don’t have the expertise, you might want to consider bringing in someone who does have the expertise. It might save you a lot of money in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”