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vacuum wet or dry material. It also features Hydro
Excavators that use pressurized water along with an extra-strength vacuum to simultaneously excavate soil.
They can be used to break up and vacuum soil to expose
buried utilities or dig trenches.
This year, GapVax introduced the HV33 hydro excavator. Designed for city use, the HV33 is shorter, smaller
and more compact than its predecessor. It is designed to
safely transport water and debris in urban areas.
GapVax's municipal line, known as the MC Series, includes combination JetVac units that are used primarily
by municipalities to maintain sanitary lines and clean
sewers. Because the company custom builds, it offers hydro excavation packages with its JetVac units to give the
trucks more versatility.
A new addition to the municipal line this year is the
Recycle JetVac unit. GapVax has partnered with a German-based manufacturer, WIEDEMANN enviro tec
GmbH & Co. KG. GapVax is licensing the German company's technology for a unit that recycles water.
The technology allows the operator to vacuum water
from an existing sanitary line and recycle it so that the
truck can continue jetting with the recycled water. "They
are providing us with the technology and the manpower
to operate in the U.S. market," Poborsky says.
Another new product is the GJET, also known as a jetter
truck. This truck flushes out sanitary lines, as opposed to
vacuuming them. Introduced earlier this year, the Jetter is
the result of a high demand from its customers.
The company also sells a variety of skid-mounted
vacuum units that include stand-alone bag houses and
various vacuum units that are built on a skid or trailer
instead of a chassis.

Increased Demand
GapVax is the sister company of GAP Pollution and Environment Control, which Poborsky founded in 1977.
The original service company got its start with one septic
truck helping to clean up after a major flood that struck
Johnstown that year. The Johnstown flood of 1977,
known as the "second great flood of Johnstown," devastated the area with a number of flash floods.
"I was living in a mobile home with five children," he
says. "My immediate needs were to put food on the table. Because of the flood, there were contractors from all
over the country out here coming in for cleanup. I started
networking with a lot of them."
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tracts for cleanup with local power plants and other businesses. Over the years, Poborsky says he became dissatisfied with the performance, maintenance demands and
quality of the vacuum equipment on the market.
"The equipment was not reliable," he says. "So we decided to build our own pieces of industrial equipment. It
wasn't designed by engineers. It was designed by the people using the equipment. Eventually, we got patents."
To manufacture his own equipment, Poborsky founded GapVax in 1989. Today, GapVax custom-builds roughly 100 trucks per year. Combination trucks for municipalities average between $250,000 to $450,000 while hydro
excavators go between $250,000 to $500,000. Demand
for these types of trucks has been climbing significantly
in the past five years, likely due to an increased focus on
safety and because they make it easy to locate utility lines
without hitting gas lines, Poborsky says.
The company attributes its success to exemplary customer service and quality manufacturing. "Quality is
what sets us apart from the other manufacturers," Blair
says. "We use quality parts and components to build a
quality product. We have trucks that are 20 years old still
running like new today." mt
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