CJC Inc. – Jemez Springs, N.M.

CJC Inc., located near Jemez Springs, New Mexico, started operations under that name in July of 1970. In that year, Cliff Hof-heins, the President of CJC Inc., acquired the interests of his father and brother in the construction branch of their former company, Hofheins Inc., which has been developing land around Jemez Springs since 1950.

Left-Cliff Hofheins, President of CJC Inc.; right-Rex Bond, machine operator, and one of the company’s D6C crawler tractors, at work on a very snowy day in the Jemez Mountains.
Left-Cliff Hofheins, President of CJC Inc.; right-Rex Bond, machine operator, and one of the company’s D6C crawler tractors, at work on a very snowy day in the Jemez Mountains.

Hofheins Inc., were the originators of the Jemez Mountains subdivisions. They built houses and developed lots. Their motto was “Start with a tree, finish with the key.”

CJC Inc., does just about any type of dirtwork, mainly in San-doval County, but has done work as far away as Las Cruces.

In the Jemez area, the company builds roads and drilling pads for gas well and geothermal well exploration. They do site develop-ment work for subdivisions and install water and sewer lines.

CJC has worked with the Bureau of Land Management on vari-ous roads and water systems for ranchers, which includes erosion control and stock tanks. They have contracted for road maintenance with the U.S. Forest Service.

Much of their work during the winter months involves snow removal of many roads in the Jemez area.

Helping CJC Inc., to perform its wide variety of construction work are five Caterpillar machines. Two D6 crawler tractors, one D6 tractor with a No. 60 scraper, one 12E motorgrader, and a Caterpillar 920 wheel loader handle the dirt moving chores.

The oldest D6, a 9U series purchased used by Hofheins Inc., in 1964, has never had any major repairs except for an undercar-riage. The dependability of the 9U-D6 was a main reason for pur-chasing Caterpillar equipment again when it came time to add more tractors to the firm. One D6C was purchased in 197 l and another in 1974. The D6Cs have been known to run 24 hours a day with stops for servicing only.

CJC Inc. is a firm believer in the Rust Tractor TA (Technical Audit)

Inspection Program. When the machines are working, unscheduled downtime can be kept to a minimum. TA helps to make this possible.

Why does CJC Inc. use Caterpillar equipment? Cliff Hofheins gives his reasons. “I’ve been around many types of machines, and I think Caterpillar is the most trouble-free equipment there is. Look at our 9U-D6. It’s still a very productive machine. Proper main-tenance is very important in order to keep your equipment in top shape.”