In the race to replace America’s aging infrastructure, every second counts. Below our feet, thousands of miles of aging pipeline—some dating as far back as the early 1900s—carry natural gas and water to and from homes and businesses. If one of these channels were to rupture, the best-case scenario is a major inconvenience. At worst, a gas leak could trigger a deadly disaster.
That’s where contractors like Indianapolis-based Miller Pipeline come in. Utility companies rely on Miller to upgrade the country’s complex network of service lines as quickly and safely as possible.
“Our customers are very aware that they need to get their older piping replaced before there’s any sort of incident,” says Pat Conley, Miller’s purchasing manager.
For Miller, the work is constant, requiring a fleet of 500-plus medium-duty trucks—most of which are DuraStar® vehicles—to deliver employees and equipment to jobs in communities with nearly every type of terrain imaginable.
Miller has been in this business since the 1950s. For decades, the family-run company remained proudly small, dispatching a handful of construction teams throughout Indiana and Ohio. Over the past five years, however, Miller’s growth has been “astronomical,” says Conley. Currently, more than 500 crews work from 24 locations across 26 states in the eastern half of the U.S. They expect to add 85 more crews by the end of the year.