Huge fan of KOMTRAX
Through the course of 66 years and two
generations, Koberstein Contracting, Inc.,
has expanded to serve its customer base
in southwestern Indiana. As the firm has
developed, so too has the involvement of the
“My uncle started the business as a small
trucking company in 1955,” recalled President
Greg Koberstein. “Three of his brothers joined in
the mid-70s, and the company added a backhoe
and became a residential contractor. Today, we
are well into our second generation, and we
typically focus on commercial contracting.”
Koberstein Contracting handles underground
utility installation, road construction and some
building demolition in the Evansville, Ind.,
area. With a staff of 25 employees, the company
targets commercial projects ranging from
$50,000 to $5 million.
“In the grand scheme of things, we are still a
small company, but we believe we are the right
size for what we do,” noted Greg. “We moved
into the commercial side approximately 15 years
ago when residential slowed. It’s been a great
move. It allowed us to grow the company and
provided opportunities to go for bigger jobs.”
Greg says that the business has anywhere
from five to 10 assignments in progress at any
time and completes between 12 and 18 projects
annually. Greg credits his experienced staff for
the company’s ability to handle the work load.
“We have some highly qualified people who
have been with us for a long time,” he said.
“The Evansville market is pretty busy, so it’s
great to have crews that we know can handle so
many different things.”
While Koberstein Contracting’s calendar is
typically full, no two jobs are the same. From
week-long projects to multi-year endeavors, the
company continually delivers for its customers.
“We’re a responsive, quality-driven civil
contractor,” detailed Greg. “We operate in a
low-bid environment, but we try to work with
clients who recognize and value responsiveness,
meeting deadlines and quality results. We have
great relationships with our customers.”
In January, it began work on a commercial
subdivision called The Promenade in Evansville.
Koberstein Contracting installed all of the
underground utilities, including storm and
sanitary sewer lines, and constructed the road.
The company moved 25,000 cubic yards of
material and installed more than 5,000 lineal feet
of utility line at the five-acre, $3 million site.
“This project showed how diversified we
are,” noted Construction Manager Asher Alden.
“We extended three existing roads to connect to
the jobsite; installed water lines for the lots to
be built, as well as for future lots; installed RCP
storm sewer lines that varied in size from 12 to
60 inches; and built additional sanitary sewer
lines to accommodate future construction.”
Koberstein Contracting served as the general
contractor. It performed all of the work for the
package and subbed out the brick, asphalt and
Since April 2016, Koberstein Contracting
has been involved with the new Deaconess
Gateway Hospital – a $100 million-plus
development – handling the civil package for
“It was another project that required us
to perform multiple services,” noted Asher.
“We demoed the existing utilities that were
underneath the new building and relocated
them; installed fire protection; laid new water
services lines, sanitary sewer and storm
sewer; prepped the building pad to rough
grade; and constructed the curbs, sidewalks
Komatsu, Brandeis earn trust
The relationship between Koberstein
Contracting and Brandeis Machinery & Supply
Company is new, but one built on performance
“Last year we began adding more Komatsu
pieces to our fleet,” said Greg. “We had used
Komatsu dozers and skid steers in the past,
but that was the extent of it. When we needed
a new excavator and wheel loader, we decided
to demo some Komatsu machines. We were
The company purchased a PC290LC excavator
and added a WA270 wheel loader soon after.
“The PC290 is great because it can handle our
larger trench boxes, even when we dig really
deep,” shared Asher. “The capacity of the machine
is amazing. It’s the biggest excavator in our fleet,
but it can do a lot of tasks. We dig, lay pipe, and
move trench boxes with it. This excavator has
been consistently busy since we got it.
“The WA270 has also been a great fit,” Asher
continued. “The bucket capacity is excellent.
It allows us to backfill more expeditiously. It’s
one of the most popular machines we have.
I think we’ll lean toward getting additional
Komatsu loaders in the future because of the
way the WA270 has performed.”
Koberstein Contracting has been impressed
with the service it receives from Brandeis and
Sales Rep Dustin Olander.
“The product is certainly important, but
the distributor and service department that
stand behind it are vital,” explained Greg.
“Dustin and everyone at Brandeis have been
responsive to our needs and have done a great
deal to build this relationship. It’s a big reason
why we have more Komatsu equipment in our
fleet today than ever before.”
Services like Komatsu CARE, which
provides complimentary maintenance on Tier
4 machines for the first 2,000 hours or three
years of machine operation, and KOMTRAX, a
telematics system, have also been big hits with
“I’m a huge fan of KOMTRAX,” noted Asher.
“It’s been a valuable tool to see how efficiently
we are using our machines. Komatsu CARE
has also been great. When a machine needs
service, Brandeis contacts us and performs the
maintenance at a time that works for our schedule.
“Both KOMTRAX and Komatsu CARE have
helped increase our production,” he added.
“We run small crews, so downtime really hurts
because we don’t have extra machines sitting
around. If something isn’t working, it’s costing
us money. Brandeis has been awesome at
keeping us up and running.”
While Greg, his brother Tim and their cousin
Kenny, represent the second generation of
Koberstein ownership for the company, the next
generation will come from outside of the family.
“We have a lot of great people who take pride
in this company,” noted Greg. “I’m not ready to
walk out the door tomorrow, but I’m coming up
on the end of my career. We knew there wasn’t
any family in line, so we made the decision to
become employee-owned in January 2014. It’s a
good opportunity for our current employees as
well as the exiting shareholders.”
Greg is confident that employees like Asher
and Project Estimator Phil Partenheimer are
poised to lead the company into the future.
“The opportunities for growth exist in
Evansville,” said Asher. “We’re always looking
for ways to diversify and broaden the scope
of our services. We have a solid group of
employees who want to do a great job and be
productive. They are our greatest assets, and
they provide a solid foundation.
“The economy in this area has us optimistic,”
he continued. “As long as we continue to
have good field personnel and maintain
strong relationships with subcontractors and
customers, I think we’ll have success.”