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Industrial | DAKOTA TRANSLOAD Dakota Transload has a 48,000square-foot facility, its own railroad spur and 5,000 feet of track. « Fully Loaded ‘S low and steady wins the race” is not the motto of Dakota Transload, but it nicely describes how the company operates. It started with one client and has built its business “from the ground up,” according to co-founder and Vice President Josh Boyko. By slowly expanding its services and capabilities when it has the manpower to support its goals, Dakota Transload has seen steady growth in the oilfield market. As it continues to build relationships and add to its capabilities, the company expects its steady expansion to continue. “We take pride in the service we provide – customer service is No. 1 for us,” Boyko says. “We’re not trying to be the biggest in our market, but we do want to be the best. We have high quality standards, and we try and perform faster and more economically.” Dakota Transload got its start just more than a year ago as an offshoot of Boyko Inc., a family business founded by Josh Boyko’s father Ron Boyko and uncle in 1987. Based in Stanton, N.D., Boyko Inc.’s operations evolved over the years, and it was buying and selling used food processing equipment when it began to set up auctions. The company would do liquidations – live onsite and online – with companies that had gone out of business. “We started selling equipment to a friend in Williston, N.D., and he got us into the transload business by hiring us to transload totes of ceramic The company says its location is an advantage for clients in the Bakken Shale. « DAKOTA TRANSLOAD MAY BE RELATIVELY NEW, BUT IT KNOWS HOW TO SERVE CLIENTS. BY STACI DAVIDSON proppant,” Boyko says. “We would get the proppant at our site in Zap, N.D., and flatbed it out or load it via pneumatics.” Keeping Clean Dakota Transload is based out of Stanton along with Boyko Inc., and although a railroad runs through Stanton, Dakota Transload did not have its own spur at the start. “We were at the mercy of other people transporting product to us,” he notes. “We wanted to see if we could get our own spur from Burlington Northern, because if you can control your rail, you control product flow better.” The company was able to get its own spur, and now Dakota Transload has a 48,000-square-foot facility with 5,000 feet of usable track. Boyko explains that he and his father designed the facility themselves to ensure it fit their needs exactly. The design allows it to transload product directly from rail cars into the facility, and then a system of conveyors loads the product into trucks. This enables Dakota Transload to achieve exact weights, he notes. “We can unload natural sand from hopper-bottom cars and ceramic proppant from totes and prop cars,” he says. “With hopper-bottom cars, we use pneumatics to deliver the product directly to the oilfield site. One company, however, we load the ceramic proppant from our cars to their trucks and they truck it themselves to the site. 110 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
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