Van Hydraulics is a regional hydraulic and pneumatic repair facility located in Conklin, MI. They have more than 200 years of experience repairing industrial and mobile hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, custom machine design and construction, specialty machining and fabrication, preventive maintenance programs, and customer service. The owner of Van Hydraulics also operates several farms in the area, and, until recently, didn’t have a good way of keeping her multiple facilities connected due to their rural locale.
Every business needs to be connected in today’s world. Access to the internet is critical, but our infrastructure (especially in rural areas) has not kept up with demand.
Conklin, Michigan is one such rural area. An unincorporated municipality, internet infrastructure consists of copper wiring, which severely limits bandwidth compared to modern fiber optics. Combined with the fact that the wiring doesn’t extend far beyond the immediate municipal area, businesses and homes on the outskirts of town are often unconnected to the internet.
Van Hydraulics, a small business just outside of Conklin, discovered that as their business grew, their need for connectivity grew. The owner of the company also operates a large farm in the area, VanOeffelen Farm Services, and she needed a way to manage and secure each of these rural locations. Unfortunately, the lack of infrastructure meant they couldn’t connect to the wider world and take advantage of modern business technologies, like upgraded phone systems, video surveillance, and access controls.
When Van Hydraulics realized the limitations of their current internet connectivity, they started by contacting a major ISP in the area. After taking some measurements, the ISP’s proposed solution was to build out over a mile of fiber infrastructure to reach the business. Unsurprisingly, laying a mile’s worth of fiber cable was prohibitively expensive, and Van Hydraulics turned elsewhere once they got the final quote exceeding $250,000.