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Apollo Pavers | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

San Diego-based Apollo Pavers has completed thousands of projects throughout Southern California, from major commercial projects for general construction contractors to residential walkways. Brian Hoover, Editor of CalContractor Magazine, profiles Apollo Pavers Owner Jose Cuellar in the 2014 Specialty Contractor issue.

Cuellar recalls the day in 1986 when he was working a laborer for a local general contractor. Short on equipment operators, his superintendent asked him to hop on a Cat Skid Steer Loader – with no previous training. Cuellar did so well that the company decided to train him, and he learned to operate all kinds of machines, from backhoes and dozers to excavators.

It wasn't until the year 2000 that Cuellar started working for a concrete contractor and discovered the tremendous benefits of pavers. Versatile and durable, pavers come inn colors, patterns and shapes that can be used to create designs. They usually don't crack like concrete and are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Cuellar learned all he could about the business of pavers, set his sites on owning his own construction company, and the rest is history. Actually, Cuellar started with just seven employees, including his 15-year old daughter, Bri, who worked in the office/living room. Everything was geared toward the success of the business. Bri Robers is now the Senior Administrator. Her sister, Cristy Cuellar, also works for Apollo as an administrative assistant. Roberts credits the success of the business to the honest and hard-working people who work there.

Today, Apollo Pavers is a self-performing outdoor remodeling contractor with a complete indoor and outdoor design center. 80 percent of their business is residential, and the professionals at Apollo can take a project from design to completion. Roberts says, "Having our own specialized, dedicated in-house crews is what really sets us apart from the competitors."

In addition to employing their own crews, Apollo Pavers owns and operates the construction equipment used on the jobsites, including their most recent purchases: two 2013 Cat 226B3 Skid Steer Loaders. Cuellar says he was "amazed at the power" of the Cat Skid Steer Loaders and their simple operation. The company owns three Skid Steer Loaders, a Compact Excavator, and other equipment, including a forklift, rollers and attachments, and plate compactors.

"We had a wonderful experience at Hawthorne Cat and I would highly recommend their Cat Skid Steer, as well as their professional sales representative, Matt Higgins," says Cuellar. "We will continue to go to Hawthorne Cat for our construction equipment needs in the future.”

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Matt Higgins
Machine Sales Representative
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