Tips to Prepare Your Heavy Equipment for Transport

Transporting heavy equipment is no easy feat. It requires extreme attention to detail, safety protocols, and proper preparation to prevent costly damages, accidents, and injury. One missed detail can cause a transport nightmare – and Springfield is here to help you avoid one. 

By following these steps, you can ensure that you are prioritizing safety and that hazards are minimized.

Make a List – and Check it Twice
Before beginning your work, create a checklist of the critical items that need to be addressed to prepare for your transport. Just like writing down “milk and eggs” on your grocery list, you’ll probably miss something if you don’t have it properly recorded and held accountable.

Pro tip: Take your time. Never rush the preparation process. Always allocate ample time to inspect and prepare equipment to ensure a safe journey.

Clean Your Equipment
Remove dirt, debris, and any loose parts. No one likes two inches of caked-on dirt when inspecting the tires of a skid steer. Cleaning your equipment helps visually inspect your equipment and ensure hazardous material does not drop during transit.

Inspect the Equipment for Damage
Before transport occurs, thoroughly inspect your equipment for any signs of wear or damage. Address any issues before moving to ensure safe and efficient transportation.

Pro tip: Consider documenting any damage that cannot be fixed prior to transport by snapping and archiving photos.

Secure All Moving Parts
When transporting heavy equipment, even the most minor vibrations, bumps, and sudden halts can cause moving parts to shift, swing, or come loose. Lock, bolt, or tie down any parts that have the potential to move during transport. By securing moving parts, you significantly reduce damage to other parts of your equipment, prevent potential hazards to other motorists, and preserve the integrity of the transport vehicle.

Check Fluid Levels
Ensure all fluid levels, such as oil and hydraulic fluids, are at recommended levels and tightly sealed to avoid spills. Not only does it ensure the health of your equipment, but prevents environmental hazards and possible cleanup and fines. 

At Springfield, we’re prepared to ensure your equipment, or whatever your load may be, gets to its final destination safely. We will confidently transport your heavy equipment with peace of mind. Preparation today prevents potential problems tomorrow.

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On Top of Northern Michigan with Nick Jacqmain of Springfield Roofing

As seen in the September 2023 issue of the Traverse City Business News

Nick Jacqmain from Springfield Roofing gets it: You don’t really want to talk or even think about the likely hassle and cost of a new roof on your commercial building. But he insists — and by all accounts his customers agree — the Springfield process is different. The TCBN caught up with him to hear his thoughts on Traverse City’s growth, why they opened a second location and more.

TCBN: I’d love a new roof on our building. But I’m guessing I’m like most of your customers: I don’t know how to get started or I’m putting off starting the conversation or process. 

Jacqmain: You’re spot on. Whether you’re a manufacturing facility, a school, or an office space, it’s always exciting for the organization to buy equipment that will help with reviews or, let’s say, a beautiful new gymnasium floor. But as important as a roof is, it’s not exciting – and they only notice it if it’s not working properly. It just tends not to be a huge source of pride. It’s sort of like that referee in a sports game: You only notice them if they’re doing a bad job. 

TCBN: So how do you address that?

Jacqmain: The biggest thing we’ve found is customers don’t need help to get “excited” during that process. They’re already there in terms of worry about it all. So we hope to bring the temperature down and explain what the future is going to look like and how positive that will be for them. They’re not as interested in our company’s history. They want to know what the finish line looks like and the fastest route to get there. 

TCBN: Springfield specializes in commercial work only. Why is that, and is that unique in your industry?

Jacqmain: Before my time here we did more residential work. As the former owner grew the company and secured more and more commercial accounts, it became hard to be competitive in both arenas. We still do a half dozen residential with flat or low slope roofs a year, but our systems are built for commercial applications. Our model is definitely different than most. We focus on renovating existing buildings (roofs) rather than new construction. We build most of our relationships by doing repair work on existing roofs until it is time to replace the roof with a new one. This model has helped us align ourselves with the right customers and growth opportunities. We recently found a parallel between commercial roofing and equipment transport. Over the past year, we’ve been helping our customers with the delivery of heavy equipment such as forklifts and scissors lifts to commercial facilities and job sites.

TCBN: I know you’ve opened a second location, so you’re now in Big Rapids. That’s a big move. What brought that about?

Jacqmain: We’ve been servicing central Michigan for years, and while we have some significant clients down there, the area as a whole is underserved. Additionally, we have employees who live in the southernmost part of Grand Traverse and Wexford counties, so it’s not a heavy lift to service the new location. But I think most importantly we really want to not only service the area but invest in it, too, by bringing jobs to the area, supporting local events, organizations, and nonprofits, and giving back to our customers and the communities they live and work in. Like our involvement in the Grand Traverse region, we want to be there. 

TCBN: And speaking of “being there,” where are you doing jobs these days? Are most of your customers still right around Traverse City?

Jacqmain: Seventy-five percent of our business is between Cadillac and the Harbor Springs/Petoskey area, but we do have a five-person crew right now down in Lapeer, and we have a big client in Lansing. We have a project coming up on Mackinac Island this fall. So we definitely can service the small clients or the large clients quite a ways beyond Traverse City.

TCBN: I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on the recent and rapid growth of the Traverse City area. 

Jacqmain:  In the last few years it seems as if the world has gotten a lot smaller. Everybody’s really connected, and distance seems to be less of a factor. I’ve been in the Grand Traverse area since 2007, and while it’s always been viewed as a tourist or seasonal destination, the lines have begun to blur and the area is booming for those interested in the trades and tech. It’s been great to watch our community grow and prosper in a variety of industries. 

TCBN: You talk a lot about servant leadership in how you run Springfield. Talk about what that means to you.

Jacqmain: It means a lot. I’ve been really fortunate to have a number of good mentors in my career, people who showed me the right way to do things. Terry, the former owner of Springfield, really embodied that. Unfortunately in construction, there’s a tendency to put people in two classes: the workers and the office people. Terry did a wonderful job erasing that line – and I’ve made it my goal to ensure we continue that legacy.    While education, experience, and skill sets are important, those are not marks of superiority or inferiority at Springfield. And the only people who don’t make it here are those who just don’t get that. 

TCBN: And speaking of your people and culture, how is the labor situation?

Jacqmain: Like most businesses, it was at a crisis level for a while there. But we’ve been really fortunate; I would say the last 12-18 months we’ve attracted and retained some very good people. As an organization, we learned we had to improve everything over the past two years; not just raise hourly wages and throw money at a problem, but make this a desirable place to spend the day-to-day. We love what we do! 

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Embracing Sustainability with a White Roofing System

With scorching temperatures across the board this summer, your business may be feeling the heat – both figuratively and literally. However, we have a cool, sustainable and energy-efficient solution that can help your business combat this issue: the White Commercial Roof. There are a number of benefits of opting for this eco-friendly roofing solution that not only keeps your building cool but also reduces energy consumption and contributes to a greener environment.

1. Tackling Heat Waves Head-On

With temperatures off the charts this summer, keeping your building(s) cool can be an uphill battle. Thankfully, Springfield has a solution specifically designed to address this challenge. By adopting a white roof, you can shield your business against the intense heat by reflecting sunlight away from the building, maintaining cooler indoor temperatures, creating a more comfortable work environment, and easing the burden on your HVAC system.

2. Duro-Last: The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Choice

Choosing a white roof means embracing sustainability and reducing your building’s carbon footprint. When considering a white commercial roof, the Duro-Last white membrane stands out as an excellent option. Not only does it provide superior protection against the elements, but it also boasts outstanding eco-friendly features. One notable advantage is its ability to be re-roofed over existing roofs, reducing the need for costly tear-offs and minimizing waste generation. Moreover, at the end of its lifespan, the Duro-Last white membrane can be recycled, further reducing its impact on landfills.

3. Cost-Effective and Long-Lasting Solution

Besides energy savings, the durability of a white commercial roof like the Duro-Last membrane makes it a cost-effective choice in the long run. Its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions ensures it remains in excellent condition for an extended period, reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements. 

The benefits of Springfield’s white commercial roofs are undeniable. By choosing to “go green” with a white roof, businesses can effectively combat rising temperatures, reduce energy consumption, and lower HVAC cooling costs. The Duro-Last white membrane, with its impressive reflectivity and recyclability, proves to be an eco-friendly and durable option that offers long-term value. 

Embrace the cool revolution of white roofs and make a lasting, positive impact on your business’ climate and future. Contact Springfield today to get started.

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Commercial Roofing Highlight: Built Up Roofing (BUR)

What is Built Up Roofing? (BUR)

BUR is a petroleum-based roofing system where mastics are heated to a liquid state and applied to felt rolled out on the roof substrate. Multiple layers are laid until the system is built up to the desired thickness.

Built Up Roofing System Problems


Any petroleum based roofing system is continuously curing, which means the solvents that keep it pliable are continually evaporating. Exposure to ponding water and UV radiation accelerate this process. When the solvents are evaporated, the layers begin to delaminate causing the system to shrink, crack, and blister.


With a BUR roof, the curing process starts from the top down. As the solvents evaporate, the material loses mass and shrinks. This causes cracks to form over large parts of the roof. They are small at first but continue to grow, and eventually, travel all the way through the roof.

Transitions between roofing materials

Penetration flashings are problematic with a built-up roofing system. This is primarily due to the use of rigid and dissimilar materials to make this critical transition. As the mastic that is used to seal the seams in the BUR ages, it loses its ability to absorb movement and is pulled apart.

The same forces that act to destroy the penetration flashings affect the edge detail as well. Most seams where the BUR meets the edge metal tend to pull apart. Repairs involve applying additional mastic to the deficiency, but if repairs are unsuccessful, the edge detail is ineffective.

Seams between the individual pieces of parapet flashing tend to pull apart. Once open to the elements repairs often begin to crack again. The same forces that act to destroy the penetration flashings are also at work on the parapet flashings.

BUR Roof Repairs

Repairs to built up roofs involve applying additional mastic to each deficiency area. After multiple repairs, the longevity of each subsequent repair is shorter and shorter.

Our Best Recommendation

For a permanent, warranted solution, we recommend installing a complete mechanically-fastened Springfield SmartRoof™ System.

The Springfield SmartRoof™ System is entirely maintenance free.* Certified Springfield technicians will install this system, and completed in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. It will be 100% inspected by the Springfield Team, and then by an inspector from the manufacturer. The manufacturer will then award a full 20-year warranty, which is the best on the market.

Springfield Smart Roof*Annual inspections and debris removal are recommended and included at no charge for the first two years of your roof’s life. These inspections help us track the performance of your roofing system and also keep abreast of any new developments that could occur over time. Please contact your Project Manager to schedule your inspections.

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MIOSHA 29th Michigan Worker Death of 2017

We are so saddened to see that MIOSHA has recently posted the 29th Michigan Worker Death of 2017. That death being a 25-year-old roofer from Ludington, MI. “While installing roofing materials on a steep pitched residential roof, the roofer fell approximately 15 feet to the lower level.” He was not wearing fall protection at the time of the fall and later succumbed to his injuries on November 21st.

As commercial roofing installers and fall protection advocates, we cannot stress enough the importance of fall protection when working on elevated areas. Even the most experienced employee can have a minor trip-up that leads to a fall.

We offer facility evaluations to highlight areas in which your facility needs to have fall protection, followed by a proposal of custom solutions that fit any facilities needs; big or small. Please call us with any questions you may have!

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Timing Is Everything

Why does my building leak 2 days after it rains?  How come my building doesn’t leak all winter and then as soon as it starts to look like spring, it leaks like crazy?  Why do I experience roof problems when the parent company is visiting from out of state? Why does my building have “gi-normous” and dangerous looking ice daggers during the winter?  Why does a new roof cost so much?

If you have ever experienced any of the above with your industrial/commercial facility, it is time to call Springfield Inc. for a professional evaluation of your building which includes looking at the building envelope, insulation, ventilation, and various other issues.  Experienced roofing project managers along with our on-staff professional engineers can help you with an awareness of your current rooftop conditions.  Knowing the facts will help you move forward with your capital budget planning and you may be surprised to learn that a majority of our clients can find initial and immediate relief from roofing issues with small, relatively inexpensive repairs.  At Springfield, we love to make your existing roof last absolutely as long as possible so that you may focus your money on growing your business and adding employment opportunities to hard working men and women in our beautiful state of Michigan.

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Duro-Last Opens A New Plant

Springfield is proud of our relationship with Duro-Last Roofing headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan.  As a top contractor of theirs in terms of quality installations, Springfield frequently scores in the 99.9th percentile in our post job rooftop inspections performed by the inspectors from Duro-Last.  We are happy to report that the outstanding and dynamic Duro-Last roofing corporation has opened a 60,000 square foot facility in Ludlow, Massachusetts.  Congratulations Duro-Last!  Your products are built to last and we appreciate the relationship with your company that has spanned over 3 decades.

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A Cause for Celebration

YIKES!  We had a NEAR MISS – let’s CELEBRATE!!!!

We do not actually break out into a “happy dance” or have a pizza party when we have a “near miss”, but we do actually celebrate the fact that the system we put in place years ago of encouraging our field employees to speak freely to management about near misses is successful.  Springfield requires that all near misses are documented and discussed with the management team.  This is done in a non-judgmental, non-condescending manner.  While Springfield management has learned quite a bit from extensive OSHA and MI-OSHA training and certifications, we sometimes feel that we learn the most from our own employees and their day in, day out experiences of “hands on” construction work.  We honor the men and women who work at construction jobs and we hope the attached “near miss” form will help some of you to develop a culture at your workplace where worker safety is embraced and where near misses are treated as opportunities for improvement.


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DIY – watch this video and Do It Yourself (DIY)

All of us on social media have seen these do it yourself instructions ranging from removing unwanted facial hair to building a backyard volcano for your kids.  From taming a wild dog to making lasagna that will even impress your grouchy mother-in-law.  Sadly, there is a vast amount of DIY roofing information circulating around on social media.

Please call Springfield before trying any DIY roofing!  Working on elevated, uneven surfaces is a dangerous and life threatening endeavor.  While DIY is fine for learning how to knit a sweater or tie-dye your old tennis shoes, your safety and life is worth more than the cost of our FREE estimates.

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Beat the Heat


The “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER” are closing in on our talented and physically fit team of construction workers.  Our team frequently works without shade which intensifies the heat exponentially.    Here are some tips to help you beat the heat

  • Drink water early, often and frequently – at least 20 ounces every hour
  • When on break, get into the shade or an air conditioned vehicle (if possible)
  • Wear synthetic, light colored, athletic clothing that wicks the heat and sweat away from your body
  • Come to work well rested and hydrated (note: alcohol consumption the night before work will hinder hydration)
  • Take shorter and more frequent breaks
  • Take it seriously: Know the signs of heat stress and monitor yourself and co-workers
  • Speak up if you notice yourself or a co-worker struggling with any heat related issues


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