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DICA Turns 30


Dick Koberg (left)
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August 15, 2018 - In June, DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, celbrated 30 years as a leading provider of engineered outrigger pads, crane pads, and cribbing products.


In 1988, Dick Koberg founded DICA and began designing and manufacturing outrigger pads that last a long time and are easy to use.


CEO Kris Koberg, the second generation of Kobergs to lead the company, says that designing products for strength, durability, and ergonomics has been a guiding principle for the company since the beginning. “Those values are central to our DNA, and although our product line has grown significantly over the past 30 years, those values continue to guide our product development today.”


The range of equipment that DICA now serves has grown considerably over its three decades in business.


“When we started out, we were focused on the utility industry and bucket trucks, because that’s where the interest came from,” said Dick Koberg. “As operators, fleet managers, and safety managers in other industries began to see the benefits of fiberglass and engineered thermoplastics, the range of equipment and industries that we needed to service grew as well.”


Today, DICA provides engineered solutions for equipment ranging from RV’s and light-duty equipment trailers, to aerial equipment and even 500-ton-capacity cranes.


Kris Koberg says that the company’s RoadWarrior jack pads serve all types of RV’s; its SafetyTech outrigger pads and ProStack cribbing are designed for equipment up to 100 tons in capacity; and its FiberMax crane pads provide strength, durability, and an ergonomic advantage for equipment with capacities from 100 to 500 tons.


“We would not have achieved building a better outrigger pad if it were not for the trust and support of so many customers, vendors, and industry associations, and the hard work and dedication of our employees,” said Kris Koberg. “We are very thankful for our history and wanted to take a moment to celebrate that with our team in June. We’re tremendously excited and focused on the current and future needs of equipment users in the many industries we serve,” he said.



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