MOREAU — A new hydraulics repair shop in Moreau hopes to give customers a lift with quick turnaround and affordable prices.
B and K Hydraulics recently opened in a 5,000-square-foot space in the Chase Sports building at 22 Hudson Falls Road, Suite 15. The facility is a full-service shop that can rebuild or repair any hydraulic cylinders, pumps and motors. It also has a full line of Eaton Aeroquip hoses.
The new business is a joint venture of LeRoy Buttles and Fred Klotz — the “B” and “K” in the name.
Buttles has about 25 years’ worth of experience working in the hydraulics and machining field.
“I like the challenge — figuring out why something’s not working and making it work again,” he said.
Klotz has worked in industrial machine repair and been a foreman and an owner. He worked with Buttles at a previous machine shop and said he is excited that they are striking out on their own.
“We got sick and tired of working 75, 80 hours for somebody else,” he said.
Kristen Hart is the office manager for the new business. She worked as an office manager at a now-closed hydraulics firm, where Buttles also worked.
All three have local roots, as they grew up in South Glens Falls.
The business will serve any customers who have hydraulics in need of repair. This includes garbage dumps, dump trucks, tree trimmers and bucket trucks, according to Buttles.
He said they will also take jobs for smaller equipment such as lawn tractors. No job is too big or too small.
Hart said they are very customer-oriented.
“If we need something done, all of us are going to make sure it’s done — fair price, quick turnaround.”
Klotz said if someone calls up at 2 in the morning with a problem, they are there to help.
“If somebody’s stuck out there and needs a hydraulics hose, we’ll be there,” he said.
Buttles stressed that they do not outsource their work.
“Everything is done in-house. Nothing gets shipped out. That really cuts down on the lead time,” he said.
They accept clients within a roughly 60-mile radius. The owners said they would consider going out beyond that if it was a special job.
“We’re going to branch out,” Klotz said.
Hart said it is a very specialized field of work.
“People don’t know what we do and we’re here,” she said.
Hart said the business already has gotten some clients.
“We feel like it’s going to get very busy in the spring/summer,” she said.
Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday. Call 518-636-5770 or visit www.bkhydraulics.com for more information.
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