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Spring 2008

A Dream Come True for Mississippi Landscaper

Bobcat Machines Help Design/Build Specialist Thrive

Owning a successful landscaping company is a dream to some people. Richard Drummond of Biloxi, Miss., is living this dream with the help of Bobcat® compact equipment. He’s the owner of Driftwood Landscape Incorporated.

Drummond graduated from college with a degree in landscape architecture. He started his landscaping company in 1994 with assistance from the Gulf Coast Economic Development Center. His company quickly grew — adding a nursery and garden center — and he expanded his landscape design and installation services along the Gulf Coast.

By the time Drummond started his own business, he was already familiar with Bobcat skid-steer loaders. His first purchase was a used 873 that he operated for a few months until he could afford a new 873 from Beard Equipment.

“The Bobcat equipment helps our company achieve greater profits.”

“We increased our efficiency and gross sales without adding many employees — production went through the roof,” Drummond says. “Today we own two T300 compact track loaders, a 442 excavator, MT52 and MT55 mini track loaders and numerous attachments. We also utilize a Bobcat utility vehicle in our nursery for convenience.”

Driftwood Landscape’s design and installation services include: irrigation, softscapes, hardscape, fiberglass pools, lighting, decks, patios and arbors. The efficiency of Drummond’s Bobcat equipment helps him complete these tasks quickly with minimal manual labor.

“We like our small structure and we have a good reputation in the area — bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better,” he says.

Drummond says Bobcat machines have evolved since he started his company nearly 15 years ago, which is one reason why he sticks with the Bobcat brand. “Options like the Power Bob-Tach, high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, suspension seat and deluxe instrument panel make our job much easier,” he says. “The Power Bob-Tach is especially helpful because it saves operators considerable time when changing non-hydraulic attachments.”

Even when Hurricane Katrina threatened to shut down Drummond’s business in 2005, he survived the storm and his business has continued to grow. Today he’s setting sales revenue records and enjoys owning his company — something few people get the chance to achieve in the competitive landscaping market.

You can read more about Bobcat machines for the landscaping market on the landscaping page.