ProContractor Supply Assisted A 50,000-Hole Project At Atlanta International Airport

ProContractor Supply is a distributor of professional-grade construction equipment, tools and materials all throughout the United States and around the world. Over the last 25 years, ProContractor Supply has successfully served over 1,000 clients, providing them with high-quality equipment, superior customer service and over 100 years of combined industry experience.


About the project

The client set out to replace an entire runway at the Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. They wanted to get the job done in as little time as possible to minimize disruptions to the airport operations.


The Challenge

The client had a massive task ahead of them. They needed to complete the replacement of a 9,000-foot long runway, which involved the drilling of 50,000 holes. But the biggest challenge of all was being given a mere 30 days to get the job done, to minimize disruption to air traffic at the airport.


“Throughout my 15 years with McCarthy Improvement, we’ve completed some complicated projects, but the Hartsfield-Jackson project has probably been one of the most challenging. It had the shortest timeframe with the most work to do.” – Nick Wolf, operations manager at McCarthy Improvement.


The challenge in a nutshell:


  • 9,000-foot long runway
  • 50,000 holes to be drilled
  • 30 days to get it done


The Solution

The client’s first step to solving their problem was to source proper tools that could get the work done and quickly. They sourced efficient, heavy-duty 3-parapet wall drills from ProContractor Supply, which was able to complete the drilling task in less than the specified time. To ensure things ran smoothly and quickly with the drilling equipment, ProContractor Supply provided 24/7 on-call support and same-day replacement parts as needed. 


“We were on call 24/7 during the project. So if their drills ever needed maintenance, for example, if a drill motor needed replacing, we completed it on the same day.” – Rob Morris, ProContractor Supply Regional Sales Manager.


The solution in a nutshell:


  • High quality, heavy-duty drilling equipment
  • 24/7 support from equipment experts
  • Quick equipment replacements and maintenance


The Results

The project was a massive success. Our client was able to drill all the holes in less than the given time and significantly reduce the service impact on the airport. Here’s an overview of what was accomplished:


  • 50,000 holes drilled
  • Timeline: 29 days (1 day less than the original timeline)
  • No project disruptions, due to 24/7 on-call support and same-day equipment replacements by ProContractor Supply