Vladimir Foursa, general manager of BG Katz, is Boris Katz's right hand man.
"Today my job is working with people, not equipment," Foursa
said."I manage over 100 employees.It helps to know what is going on with the engines and how the repairs should go but I am not too much involved physically with the fixing of things.Actually, sometimes I think people are harder to fix than machines.Machines don't have problems and they are never late to work."
When asked about the smallest job Katz would tackle Foursa
said, "There is no job too small.
"If you hauled 10 guys that kind of distance, all of a sudden you have spent $1,500," said Foursa
We got permit for vegetation recycling facility and started receiving yard waste from other landscape companies," said Foursa
."As that took off we said 'let's go get some more yard waste' so we went out and purchase the grapple trucks.We began to pick up wood and started making mulch.
"People want mulch, but not everybody who wants it is able to pick it up, so we then bought some semi-trailers in order to be able to deliver the material to our customers.Some people want 5-600 yards of mulch a week and they can't come to get it," Foursa
"We haul in 20-50, and 100 yard semi trucks and bring mulch to the job site for many of our customers," according to Foursa
In order to grow most plants it needs compost materials to boost it," said Foursa
."But soil is not BG Katz's
main business.We provide plants as well as mulch, we trim, pick up the trimmings, maintain the yard and create the mulch from the scrap.We do land clearing on small or large scale.We already had all the equipment (tractors, loaders, dozers and excavators) so we thought we would put them to use.
"We went to Scaffidi Commercial Trucks out of Wisconsin to buy equipment, particularly the Serco 8500, because it was a better product that offered excellent installation and a superior maintenance program," said Foursa
"We have been buying Serco Loaders for the past six or seven years and we a very satisfied with the equipment," explained Foursa
The back of the body kept jamming into a bottleneck because the front of the truck was wider and all the weight pushed the material in," Foursa
said."By changing the front opening to narrower than the back, and putting reinforcements inside, it kept the material from sticking, or spreading sides of the body apart.Those are just couple examples there were other: like changing sizes of hydraulic tanks, replacing hydraulic pumps with different style pumps, etc."
According to Foursa
, "What I like best it that this business is not boring.
One of the other main strengths of the company is that most employees, even though this is not exactly a family owned company, are here for the long haul," said Foursa
."There is stability.Many employees are here 15 years or longer.We don't normally have to fire anyone."
Boris Katz is usually on the job everyday with Vladimir Foursa
has two girls, ages 16 and 8.Vladimir teaches the art of creating Bonsai trees at the Japanese Cultural Museum.