Jet/Vac Manufacturer Merger and Expansion Increase Fleet Inventory, Training

Jet/Vac Manufacturer Merger and Expansion Increase Fleet Inventory, Training
Jack Doheny Companies (JDC), a municipal, utility and industrial equipment manufacturer, announces completion of its merger with longtime business affiliate Jet-Vac Inc.

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Jack Doheny Companies (JDC), a municipal, utility and industrial equipment manufacturer, announces completion of its merger with longtime business affiliate Jet-Vac Inc. in Wharton, N.J., as of June 30. JDC has sold sewer cleaning, DOT-certified vacuum trucks, pipeline inspection and other related equipment for more than three decades. 

This merger provides financial and managerial support, which allows the company to be more responsive to customers in the Northeast. “The wastewater industry is often an emergency-driven field, making the success of those involved subject to the immediate availability of the vehicles and equipment they need to get the job done now,” says Jack Doheny, CEO and company namesake. 

Dan Weber, JDC president, adds, “The Northeast is an intensely busy market, so we have hit the ground running. We have added resources in the region to meet the growing market demand. Our employees personify the core values of our company — only the best quality product, service and support. We have tapped some of our best people to expand our presence in this region, at a level the industry has come to expect of Jack Doheny Companies.” 

JDC will use the Wharton location to provide equipment sales and rental support. The company is also finalizing the purchase of another location on Long Island, to better support its municipal and commercial contractor base there, as well. 

“Just to get across the metropolitan area in traffic can be a half-day job,” Doheny says. “These service centers will allow us to provide truly responsive service to our customers in any part of the region. It’s all about having great customer service, the best mechanics you can get, and the right equipment ready to go.” 

The vehicles and equipment at the Wharton facility are representative of the company’s expansive, top-of-the-line rental fleet. 

“Specifically, on the municipal side, we will continue to represent Vactor Manufacturing and their combination sewer cleaning units,” Weber says. “We’ll also carry Stetco catch basin units, Sewer Equipment Co. of America jetter units, and other equipment related to servicing the underground water, sewer and drainage infrastructure.” 

The company will also offer products from IBAK, a manufacturer of CCTV systems for televising and inspecting pipe in those applications. 

The company also sells, services and rents other manufacturers’ equipment, such as DOT-certified vacuum trucks from Cusco, Keith Huber and Custom Vac, which support the municipal, utility, petrochemical, and gas and oil exploration markets. 

“We all know the tremendous pressure that cities are under to stretch their dollars,” Doheny says. “Many municipalities and contractors can no longer afford to own some of these expensive machines, simply to have on standby. In more and more cases, customers are using our rental fleet to manage fluctuating demand and emergency situations. We’re here to provide our customers with rentals as needed, to consult with them on purchases within their budgets and to service their equipment.” 

New management and training 

Management has also evolved with the merger. Ty Rose has been named the new general manager of the Wharton facility. His extensive experience in the industry, including equipment and applications, along with his tenure at the company headquarters makes him uniquely qualified to take on this important role. 

Under Rose’s direction, his team will service customers at the 10-acre, 15,000-square-foot, eight-bay service facility at the Wharton location, where it will also offer full equipment rebuilds. Rose is deservedly proud of the first-class facilities and the highly trained mechanics working there. “We service our equipment, we service competitive equipment,” he says. “We have the skills, the space and the tools to work on anything.” 

Across its nationwide network of sales and service facilities, JDC carries more than $10 million in parts inventory, to provide immediate response for customer repairs or enhancements. The company also maintains a fleet of mobile service trucks manned by highly trained technicians, who can be dispatched to service equipment at customers’ sites. 

Weber is particularly enthusiastic about bringing JDC’s aggressive and innovative training techniques to Wharton. “It’s our belief that proper training is the ongoing responsibility of everyone,” he says. “We offer proven, well-established service training classes held either on-site or at customer locations. JDC intends to significantly drive the level of training we provide to all our customers in this region.” 

JDC has completed design proposals to double the size of the Wharton service center and triple the size of its parts department to meet the demand in the Northeast. 

Groundbreaking on new construction is expected sometime next spring, but JDC is not waiting for that change to improve the existing facility, both operationally and aesthetically. Renovations and ergonomic enhancements are already underway to increase the overall productivity of the workforce. “We intend to attract the top mechanics in this industry who can look forward to coming to work in a clean, safe, world-class service center,” Weber says. 

Kay Doheny, Jack’s daughter, co-owner and executive vice president, adds, “The merger and related investments are in direct response to feedback from the customers in this market. Our customers are excited and we’re excited to have the opportunity to meet their immediate and future needs.” 

About Jack Doheny Companies
Jack Doheny Companies has served the wastewater, utility, oil and gas, petrochemical and industrial markets since 1972, with the world’s largest sales and rental fleet of new and used sewer cleaning, air handling and municipal equipment. The firm’s staff of more than 200 employees sells and services all makes and models of vacuum excavators, street sweepers, vacuum loaders, sewer cleaners and camera systems, while maintaining a complete equipment parts inventory. For more information, visit www.dohenycompanies.com.



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