Building a Better Outrigger Pad
In 1988, Dick and Carolyn Koberg founded DICA using the first two letters from each of their names. In it’s early years the company represented several manufacturing companies and supplied fiberglass utility bodies, aerial buckets, small excavating equipment and electrical inverters to gas, electric and telecom utilities.
During this time, the Kobergs’ also began pursuing the answer to a question that had been posed to them several years earlier:
“Can you build me a better outrigger pad?”
At that time there was a growing understanding that outrigger pads should be the foundation of outrigger-enabled equipment in order to assure proper load distribution. The early DICA mats and outrigger pads that were constructed to meet this need were largely made of wood or re-purposed cable reel ends. While these early outrigger pads were on the right path, many in the industry were concerned they didn’t quite hit the mark when it came to certain ground conditions, ease of use, weight, ergonomic safety and lifespan. In other words, there was a need for a better mousetrap.
To answer this question, Dick began developing an engineered outrigger pad that would ensure proper load distribution on a range of ground conditions and provide unbreakable strength. The company delivered its first of these outrigger pads in 1988 and has continued to lead the way in outrigger pad product innovation since.
Today, our Made in the USA product line is used in 50+ countries and on 7 continents and includes Outrigger and Crane Pads, Cribbing & Blocking, Ground Protection & Access Mats, Magnetic Sling Protectors and a host of accessory items. With 50+ standard models in our line, we’re able to fit equipment with lifting capacities up to 500 tons or more, anywhere in the world.
The family business has also grown to include Kris and his two brothers Kerry and Kevin. Kris was named CEO in early 2014 and together the three brothers, along with Dick and Carolyn run the daily operation of the business.
Whether you’re a long time customer or meeting us for the first time, we look forward to helping make your setup safe.