Eco-Patcher fills potholes in hopes of being hired by Michiana cities
South Bend, Elkhart, Saint Joe, Michigan...These are a few places looking into a new way to fix potholes through a company called Eco-Patcher.
Eco-Patcher is marketing themselves to South Bend especially as the faster, cheaper, more available option. So they took to the streets on Wednesday to show rather than tell what they can do.
They say every pothole they patch up will last a minimum of 6 months and only costs about 10 dollars a foot to fill instead of the total of about 25 dollars the city usually takes to fill.
Being a non-municipal service, they would plan on running for 24 hours a day for emergency situations. They say if somebody calls the emergency line they will have the pothole patched within 24 hours.
"The proof's in the pudding," General Manager Sebastian Boling said. "We're locally owned. We live here, we're part of the community, and I hate potholes just as much as everybody else. So, if I don't like driving over them, I imagine nobody else does like them either."
Wednesday was just a demonstration for South Bend, but Eco-Patcher already does work for INDOT and were received well by people living on streets they fixed, so they feel they have a pretty good shot with the city.
They said they're promising 1 percent of their profit will go back into the community through non-profit organizations. So they would help to fix up the city in more than one way.