Katchko & Sons is loyal to Komatsu and Ehrbar
Mention the company Katchko & Sons in the
Stamford area and chances are you will get a
positive response with a smile and a story. That’s
the reputation Bob Katchko has created for his
business after 25 years of working in the area;
but it takes more than completed projects and
met deadlines to earn that type of social currency.
Katchko & Sons is a part of the community.
“We’ve been around for a long time,” said
Katchko. “We have a good name and clean
reputation; you can’t ask for more. Beyond that,
we try to do our part. We’re pretty involved
with the Little League and local high school –
sponsoring if we can. It feels good to be able to
Katchko & Sons began in 1987. Katchko was 25
and wanted to start his own company, fueled by
the belief that he was ready for something bigger.
“I made the decision to go out on my own,
because I felt like I had the capacity to do more than
I was doing at the time,” explained Katchko. “I
thought that I might as well try it when I was young.
I had already driven a truck for seven years, so I
bought one of my own and got started.”
Growth began from there, as one truck eventually
turned into six. In 1995, Katchko added an excavator
to the mix, and the list of services expanded. He
began doing residential excavation and demolition
“Excavation really made sense with the trucking
division,” recalled Katchko. “People were always
calling us for fill material, and we were generating
our own from our sites. Then we added demolition.
It all worked together.”
Expansion came again in 2000, when the company
added asphalt paving in addition to road, municipal
and utility work. Today, Katchko & Sons has 15
employees and still offers those services. Katchko
considers the company to be a site-work business
that offers personalized service for customers.
“Whatever needs to be done, we can do it,” said
Katchko. “We look for solutions, not problems.
For example, we were putting in a storm pipe
and there was a gas main in the way, about
13 feet below the street. Most companies would
have plated the hole and made it someone else’s
problem. Instead, I designed a solution, the
engineer and city approved it, and we got the job
done with about an hour and a half of down time.
I think the willingness to do that separates us from
Katchko says that extra effort is more effective
with a strong support staff.
“Everyone who works here is great,” he said.
“A lot of them have been with me for a long time;
my mechanic has been here more than 20 years.
I like to be hands-on, too. I handle estimating,
accounts payable and receivable, but if I get
the chance, I’m in a truck or on a machine. I go
wherever I am needed.”
Putting up and tearing down
In the Stamford area, Katchko & Sons keeps
busy with residential subdivision projects
for multiple developers. Thanks to its strong
reputation, the company is frequently invited to
bid on projects, but Katchko knows that doesn’t
“We have some great relationships with many
developers, but it’s still a numbers game,” said
Katchko. “The developers have to do what’s best
for them, financially. Fortunately, with our strong
reputation, good safety record and extensive
experience, we are able to win a lot of bids.”
Katchko & Sons typically handles the
installation of roads and utilities, such as water
and gas lines, and storm drainage on projects.
The company recently completed a pair of
residential subdivisions in Stamford where it
performed those services.
Currently, Katchko & Sons is working on
a 30-unit condo development in downtown
Stamford. It is performing all of the site work,
plus excavation, paving, utilities, flat work
“This is a unique site with its own set of
challenges,” Katchko noted. “It’s being built on
sandy material, so we’re paying a great deal of
attention to safety – proper shoring, trenching,
apparatuses and so on. This is a great job for us
because we have the experience to complete it
safely and to the customer’s satisfaction.”
While a majority of Katchko & Sons’ projects
involve constructing sites, the company has also
been called on to demolish them.
“We’ve had jobs where a person bought a
property and immediately demolished the
existing house so they could build a new one,”
said Katchko. “We’ve demolished houses that cost
as much as $6 million in order to start developing
a site. People want the land – land is king. We’re
happy to do that.”
Komatsu equipment from Ehrbar
When it comes to equipment, Katchko & Sons’
decision to use Komatsu machines from Ehrbar
goes back almost 20 years and was forged on
reliability, quality and efficiency.
“When we added excavating, I purchased a
used excavator from another dealer,” recalled
Katchko. “One day, I needed some filters, so I
went to the dealership to get them. I was there for
eight hours – just to pick up filters. I said I’d never
go through that again, so I started working with
Ehrbar. I purchased a new Komatsu 150 excavator,
and our relationship began. That same year, we
also bought a D39 dozer and a PC35 excavator.
“Ehrbar and Komatsu have been great,”
added Katchko. “Their service is awesome. If
I need parts, they are ready for me right away.
The Komatsu machines are first rate. I’m a loyal
person, and I’m happy to work with Komatsu and
Katchko & Sons’ fleet has grown significantly
since those initial purchases. Katchko estimates
that the company has 50 pieces, including paving
equipment, much of it purchased through Ehrbar
with the help of Sales Rep Andy Jett. Katchko &
Sons’ newest purchase is a PC210LC-10 excavator.
“We love the PC210,” said Katchko. “It’s a
workhorse for us, and we do a lot of digging
with it. Komatsu makes a solid product. The
parts are easy to get, the machines are reliable
and maintenance is simple.”
Ehrbar’s service and support has been
equally as reliable. The PC210LC-10 came
with Komatsu CARE, which provides
complimentary scheduled service on the
machine for 2,000 hours or three years. That has
been a great help for Katchko & Sons.
“We have a full-time mechanic, but since he
doesn’t have to worry about doing anything
for the maintenance of the PC210, he is able to
concentrate on our other machines,” reported
Katchko. “It’s a huge weight off our minds to
not have to schedule anything for it right now. It
saves us money, for sure.”
Putting the “sons” in Katchko & Sons
Presently, there is a lot of “Katchko,” but not
much “sons” at Katchko & Sons. He hopes that
changes in the future if his sons – Max, 11, and
Nate, 4 – decide to join the company. Until then,
Katchko plans to continue building the reputation
he has worked hard to create.
“When I first started, I put everything into the
business,” said Katchko. “I’d be here working all
day, and if something needed fixed, I’d stay all
night. It was a seven-day-a-week job for me. I’m
proud that the hard work has paid off. If my boys
want to join in the business, that would be great,
but if they want to do something else, that’s ok.
Either way, I‘ll continue to work as long as I can.”
As for future growth, Katchko thinks the
company is in a good place right now.
“We offer a lot of good services and we do
pretty well,” he said. “We’re the right size
to handle a job at a big-box store and small
enough to dig an addition for a customer’s
garage. I like that.”