Contractor focus: Sorrento’s Lord of the Ring
Having a crack was the philosophy behind 29-year-old family man Anthony Ring’s decision to start his own excavation business four years ago, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Ring, based in Sorrento on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, must be doing something right as he’s just bought a 15-tonne Kobelco SK135SR excavator to add to his current fleet of three Kobelco diggers and a Terex Positrack loader.
"I have been operating machines since I was 19 and was working between a couple of local earthmoving companies, as well as a few contractors to get the experience and contacts," Ring says.
"I got a few tips here and there but was mostly self-taught and really enjoyed this type of work. It wasn’t until people started contacting me directly for work and trying to convince me to get my own equipment that I decided to bite the bullet and start Anthony Ring Excavations."
Ring says his Kobelco machines, bought through his local dealer, Melbourne Tractors, are both reliable and compact.
"The Kobleco SK135SR is the perfect size for growing my business as it is large enough for bigger projects but then also compact enough that I can continue my smaller jobs including pool digs," he says.
"I’ve always had a good relationship with Melbourne Tractors even before I went out on my own, so I know I have good support for parts and service for all of my machines."
Ring has been busy working on a range of projects including general landscaping, plumbing works, concrete foundations, site clearing, cuts and driveway construction. He often finds himself on smaller residential jobs but quite enjoys the large scale commercial and residential projects he contributes to.
"Being a local to the area, I’ve really liked being involved with some large projects on the peninsula including the Mt Martha Life Saving Club and Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron," Ring says. "I’ve also been doing many multi-million-dollar domestic house builds in the Portsea and Sorrento area, which are a lot of fun and extremely rewarding to work on."
Owning and operating a business is no easy task, but Ring says being good at your job and passionate about your business and customers definitely helps.
"I try to be as professional as possible — whether that is arriving to jobs on time or on dates I have committed to or going that extra yard to complete my scope of work on time and under budget," he says. "Most importantly, it’s making sure I have a 100 percent customer satisfaction rate, whether it be a regular client or a one-off customer.
"I have great support team at home to help me; my wife, Emma and two beautiful children, Addison and Mason," Ring adds. "I want to work as hard as possible to not only make Anthony Ring Excavations successful but also give my family the best in life.
"And you never know, hopefully young Mason will one day want to take over his dad’s business."
Ring admits to having some initial anxiety starting his own business but is proud of how far he has come in a short amount of time.
"There was an original fear I had before starting out of my own that I may fail, go bankrupt and be the laughing stock of Sorrento," he says. "But I would always rather have a crack than regret not having a go at all."
Anthony Ring Excavations: 0410 470 595.
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