Hands-on demolitionPublished 10/7 at 13:09
It might seem to many mothers that all 10 year old boys try to wreck their houses, but for Texan Lloyd Nabors he really did, starting a lifelong love of demolition, assisted with his fleet of Volvo machines.
Nabors was a young boy when he was first inspired to start his own demolition company. His father did demolition work and young Nabors helped out, starting around the age of eight, but he wanted to work on his own. “Dad, I want to run a piece of equipment by myself,” said Nabors. “He said that when I was 10 years old I’ll let you wreck your first house. So he turned me loose. I was running a wheeled loader and I got to wreck my first building when I was 10 years old. And I just loved it.”
Now many years later, Nabors is president of Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition, headquartered in Hutchins, Texas. Projects have taken him across Texas and into neighbouring states. He was committed to the brand of machines he worked on as a boy and first invested in Volvo construction equipment 12 years ago, after talking with a friend in the excavation business. “He said you need to try these Volvos, they’re good machines and his savings on fuel were tremendous. So we bought one,” said Nabors.
The company now has a fleet of nearly 20 Volvo excavators, including a Volvo EC460 high-reach excavator, the first in Texas. “Our long-reach excavator helps us when we have a structure that is six or seven stories tall. It keeps our operator a safe distance away and we’re able to reach up and demolish a building,” said Nabors. “We can reach up and cut the columns. We used to use a wrecking ball, and it wasn’t really controllable. You’d just knock a building down, and wherever it fell, it fell. We’re able to control our demolition much better now.”
“Texas happens to be a state where you don’t need a license to perform demolition,” said Lloyd D. Nabors Demolition vice president Satterwhite. “So you might get a few more cowboys who may have a pick-up truck and a sledge hammer and they’re going to tear down an apartment complex. Our job is to make buildings come down, and we want to make sure we’re doing it in a safe manner. We want everybody to leave the same way they came that morning.”