“I can’t imagine going back to a machine without intelligent Machine Control”
Millions of tourists visit central Florida’s
theme parks each year, but chances are many
don’t give a second thought to what happens
after those parks have closed their doors. Robcor
Contracting Vice President Rob Forman knows
exactly what happens. The company is currently
demolishing and recycling the former Splendid
China theme park to make room for the highly
anticipated Margaritaville Resort.
Forman, a state-certified general contractor
specializing in site development and aggregate
recycling for the last 20 years, started the
company with his wife, and Robcor President,
Corrie. She is also a state-certified building
contractor and handles the residential and
commercial structural construction.
Aggregate crushing and recycling is Forman’s
passion, and the company recently made the
decision to focus its efforts in that area. That
move has paid off for the Sebring, Florida-based
company, as Forman estimates that 85 percent of
the company’s revenue comes from aggregate
recycling. Robcor recycles materials into usable
product on construction projects for demolition
companies, site-development contractors, solid
waste facilities and government municipalities.
“By recycling, we are providing valuable
materials for our clients,” he added. “It keeps
concrete out of landfills and saves money by
eliminating some of the trucking costs.”
Robcor uses Komatsu PC290 excavators with
JRB power latch couplers and a Genesis CP70
densifier from Linder Industrial Machinery on
its recycling projects.
“The PC290 excavators are a great fit for us,”
he said. “They are flawless machines, and the
couplers allow us to switch attachments easily
The company’s new direction has been
successful, and Robcor has been able to remain
the small company the Formans envisioned,
while still meeting the needs of its clients.
“Being a small, family-run business is
important to us,” said Forman. “We strive to be
as efficient as possible, which allows us to do
some larger projects that you wouldn’t expect
from a company our size.”
iMC machines save time, money
Being efficient has allowed Robcor
Contracting to expand its services. In spring
of 2015, it began work on a massive 600-acre
site-development project located just miles from
Walt Disney World that calls for the construction
of vacation townhomes and condos, a golf
course, a driving range and a waterpark. Robcor
is performing mass grading/earthwork for the
project, which will take three to five years to
It was able to take on the massive job
and continue its crushing projects because
of Komatsu’s line of intelligent Machine
Control (iMC) products. The company currently
owns a Komatsu D51PXi dozer and rents a
D61PXi dozer and PC210LCi excavator from
Linder Industrial Machinery.
“If it weren’t for the iMC machines, we
wouldn’t be doing dirt projects,” said Forman.
“I have run a dozer for over 20 years, and I
can’t imagine going back to a machine without
intelligent Machine Control. The dozers, along
with the excavator, save us so much time and
money. Everything is well thought out and
works perfectly. The power and smoothness of
these machines is very impressive. They are by
far the best dozers I have ever operated.”
Forman also had rave reviews for the
“The PC210LCi is great because, in addition
to moving dirt and loading trucks, the GPS
makes sure we are always on-grade,” he said.
“We can move more dirt, more efficiently with
the PC210LCi than with a bigger machine
without intelligent Machine Control. No matter
where we excavate on the project, we are
on-grade – without using any stakes. That’s
amazing with an excavator.”
Forman says the iMC products have
eliminated Robcor Contracting’s need for
construction layout, which saves time and
money. “The machines paid for themselves in
the first 500 hours of operation. Normally, we
would have to schedule layout and staking.
Now, we upload a 3D model of the site plan
into the equipment, and 45 seconds later, we are
moving dirt to finish-grades.”
Forman credits the iMC products for the
amount of site work the company has taken on.
“I don’t see how we could even compete
without the iMC machines that we have,” he
said. “They have made us so much more efficient
and given us the ability to take on large site
projects. We wouldn’t be able to do that with
Today, business is booming for Robcor.
With three aggregate recycling crews working
year-round throughout Florida, Forman says
that keeping up with demand is the biggest
challenge for the company. Fortunately, Linder
Industrial Machinery is there to help.
“We don’t experience much down time with
Komatsu equipment,” according to Forman.
“The Komatsu machines are solid-built units
that we can rely on. Anytime we’ve had an
issue, Linder’s response has always been quick,
no matter where we were working. Linder has
branches and technicians that cover the entire
state. They understand how downtime can
affect a company like ours.”
Robcor Contracting calls on Linder Industrial
Machinery Sales Rep Greg Woodard and
Technology Solutions Expert Chris Brazil when
it needs equipment or support.
“Greg has gone the extra mile on everything
we have needed,” said Forman. “It has been a
pleasure having him as our Sales Rep. Chris has
also been a huge help with the iMC machines.
He has such a wealth of knowledge when it
comes to the iMC product line. I consider Linder
to be a strategic partner in our business. All the
people we work with at Linder have a great
attitude and are always willing to help.”
When Forman looks to the future, he believes
that Robcor Contracting’s focus will remain with
its aggregate recycling services – an industry
that he thinks will be in demand going forward.
He is also willing to take on site-development
projects as long as the company can remain close
to its current size.
“We want to continue to provide high
quality services for our clients and still be able
to remain a small company,” said Forman.
“We will look to add some site-development
projects to our aggregate recycling, but they
have to make sense. Right now, we are able to
give our employees a great work environment,
be successful and enjoy ourselves. I think
that is because of our size. We don’t want to