“Every load of substance that I remediate and reuse is one particular load of virgin lime rock that can be used for cement or something else,” Jordan Zahlene says.
At 27, Jordan Zahlene, vice president of Miami-based Zahlene Enterprises, has extra certifications and credentials to his identify than lots of of his peers who are twice his age.
He turned a qualified building contractor at 18, a qualified utility contractor at 21 and been given his common contractor license at 22. A few several years later he obtained his common engineering contractor’s license, turning out to be Miami’s youngest common engineering contractor.
Zahlene characteristics a great deal of that skilled push to his parents, Beatriz and Miguel. The Cuban few immigrated to the United States in 1982 with hopes for a much better life for their rising family members.
These goals were being recognized. Currently Zahlene Enterprises Inc. (ZEI) has a fleet of roughly 52 items of devices — sixteen of which are Hitachi machines — and the firm is one particular of the big civil contractors in Miami, recognized for its imaginative and impressive ways to recycling aggregates.
“I’m the solution of the American dream. We dwell in the only region in the environment wherever you can accomplish regardless of what you want and make a change in the environment and your group,” Zahlene explained.
But this achievement has not arrive without having its troubles and heartbreaks alongside the way.
In 2006, Zahlene was a significant school student at Miami Lakes Instructional Heart when he discovered that his father, who experienced battled most cancers, handed absent in a tragic jobsite incident. Zahlene determined to go to school locally at Florida Global University to choose the helm of the family members business.
“It was really scary,” Zahlene explained. “I was in essence handed around a piece of residence, 4 dump trucks, a makeshift screener and two incredibly previous loaders. It was also right when the sector crashed. But we saved going and in no way gave up. At 1st it was just about maintaining the combination hauling firm afloat, but then I started off acquiring a small imaginative.”
Zahlene started off getting the larger rocks and items of concrete from seashore excavations — substance that normally would have been discarded — crushing and screening it and then reselling that substance to other contractors. That led to his 1st excavator acquire.
“I consider it was a Hitachi ZX350. Just after that it was just one particular just after yet another just after yet another just after yet another. I have not appeared again due to the fact,” Zahlene explained.
One particular of the big troubles Zahlene confronted at this time was his age. Several of the people today he was accomplishing business with were being twice as previous as he was and experienced kids his age.
“It can be challenging when you’re signing a agreement with someone who you really feel could be your son,” he explained. “It boiled down to just sticking to my phrase. If I explained I was going to do a thing, I was going to do it.”
Zahlene’s mother, Beatriz, was influential in her assist through this period of time. As the president of the firm, she supported him and stepped in when her son experienced to emphasis on school.
“My mom is extra than just my mom. She’s my business partner. She’s the backbone. Devoid of her, none of this would have been achievable,” Zahlene explained.
Unique Supplier Connection
Combination recycling is a primary emphasis at ZEI. The firm recently entered into a one of a kind romantic relationship with Titan Florida — a device of Titan America LLC — to excavate and method a substantial volume of scrap and byproduct substance at its Pennsuco Quarry around Miami.
“We are in essence recycling nonusable limestone substance inside their quarry,” Zahlene explained. “In its recent condition, this substance is unsuitable for further processing into finished aggregates or for direct sale to the sector, so it has been dormant for lots of several years. With our abilities in handling this variety of substance, we’re ready to acquire the substance as is and then method it at our personal price into a solution that’s acceptable for use on our substantial-internet site function assignments.
“Our romantic relationship produces benefit for each Titan and ZEI, and it provides me an prospect to contend on substantial-scale assignments that I probably couldn’t even bid on without having Titan’s assist. Titan has been an exceptional partner to function with. I’ve discovered so a great deal from them in the earlier year on so lots of problems, like basic safety and operations. They’ve supplied me a prospect to increase and triumph, and the best way I can repay them is by striving to grow to be their most significant client year just after year.”
Working together with his Hitachi vendor, Dobbs Machines, Zahlene purchased a new ZX470LC-6 to tackle the undertaking.
“There was seriously no other alternative. The gas overall economy in its course is astounding. It truly is the only equipment that achieved the manufacturing stages at the funds that I experienced set for the undertaking,” Zahlene explained.
Considerably of the substance processed at the quarry is transported to a fifteen-acre internet site concerning the Miami Turnpike and I-seventy five that will serve as a park-and-ride large amount for a megamall that is being constructed. The firm has excavated roughly 175,000 cu. yds. of muck and is changing it with extra than 250,000 tons of processed substance from the Titan quarry to backfill it.
A brand-new ZX300LC-6 is aiding with that method.
“What led me to Hitachi, actually, was the gas overall economy and the performance. And you get a incredibly good, quality equipment at the right price. It outperforms each individual equipment in its course, primarily in gas overall economy and performance,” Zahlene explained.
Dazzling Foreseeable future
When Zahlene thinks about his future, combination recycling will continue to engage in a big role. He designs to open the 1st soil remediation facility in southern Florida.
“That is wherever my true passion lies,” he explained. “There are only a finite sum of sources, so each individual load of substance that I remediate and reuse is one particular load of virgin lime rock that can be used for cement or something else.”
Hitachi machines will continue to engage in a outstanding role at ZEI.
“I’ve been ready to show myself since I have stuck to my phrase and have a strong eyesight for the future,” Zahlene explained. “Continuing to acquire Hitachi machines boils down to the exact same. You know you’re getting five several years of assured function and performance, since it truly is not just the performance, it truly is also the trustworthiness and vendor assist that will come with it.”
Zahlene Enterprises Inc. is serviced by Dobbs Machines, Miami, Fla.
(This write-up 1st appeared in Hitachi’s Breakout journal, Slide situation, 2018.)