Utility locating work runs deep in Jake Mason’s blood. Now the President of Indiana-based, Mason Private Locating company (MPL), Jake Mason has been surrounded by this type of work since he was a child.
His father, Mark Mason, started private utility locating company, Blood Hound, and owned it for more than 20 years before selling it in fall of 2016. Jake followed in his father’s footsteps, working alongside him for years before deciding to venture out on his own.
“While I was working at Best, I still had a lot of contacts and old customers in the utility world who would call and ask if I could come and do their utility locating or sewer inspections,” Mason says. “I kept saying ‘No, no I’m out of that world’ but it came to the point where too many people were asking and it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. They just needed a reliable and experienced partner like they had in the past.”
A New Pursuit
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“When starting this company, I knew I had to have Envirosight equipment,” Mason says. “We bought one inspection truck with the ROVVER X and SAT system right away, and we have the new SAT II system on the way. At our old company, we had 12 SAT trucks, 8 of which we bought within a year.”
The Envirosight camera systems help Mason and his crew more accurately locate utilities in less time, he says.
“To me, the Envirosight products are the best tools on the market,” Mason says. “I think Envirosight is state of the art. When you compare them to the other camera systems, and we’ve demoed all of them, you really want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money.”
Meeting a Range of Needs
At Mason Private Locating, the crawlers are used in multiple ways—to locate the sewers and inspect them, to perform lateral launch and for creating reports for customers, Mason says.
Private utility locating often takes the crews to remote manholes and pipes, so having the ability to easily transfer the camera system to an ATV is a crucial factor, Mason says. The crew is frequently mobilizing the equipment in other ways, too, serving customers across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and even farther when requested.
Another standout factor that’s kept Mason and his crew loyal to Envirosight is the local service options, he says.
“We’re a contractor throughout the midwest so we’re always moving. We’re not always here in town where we can ship our camera off and wait for it to come back,” Mason says. “It’s nice for us to have Pat at Best Equipment be our specialist—he knows how to work on the equipment and fix it so we can be back on the road really quickly with very little downtime.”
停機時間有限,與ch的簡單性anging the inspection system’s setup depending on the project, Mason says the crew is able to maximize productivity wherever they’re working.
“I love the ease of use with the equipment,” he says. “With the quick-change wheels, if you need to change your setup, it’s all toolless. You just use your hands to pop them on and off instead of spending 15 minutes re-setting up your camera every time you need to make a change. That alone, the productivity of it, makes us a lot more efficient on job sites.”
“Most of our teammates here have 15-plus years of experience with utility locating,” he says. “We have a lot of family here, and we also have a lot of veterans who have worked with us for many years who we consider family. That loyalty transcends to our customers, too. They are our partners in protecting their underground facilities, and we want to make sure we do right by them.”
Mason was just 5-years-old when his father realized the need for private utility locating, which introduced him to the world he grew to love.
“Some of the guys that work here with me saw me as a little kid when they were working out of my Dad’s garage, so now to be here working with them is pretty cool,” he says. “I really enjoy the work—the people and the customers we get to work with, going to new job sites and seeing new places and a different point of view.”
“整個歲月，Envirosight對我們來說是一個很好的伴侶，因為我想我們已經去過他們，”梅森說。“我們喜歡團隊方法 - 能夠在一些項目中互相伴隨。今年在Wwett展會上，讓我們在Envirosight的新六個卡車上舉起旗幟非常酷。MPL和Envirosight之間的穩固夥伴關係不僅適合我們的品牌，而且對整個行業來說是偉大的。我們的曆史，經驗和愛保護地下設施將繼續向前發展行業。“