“It’s very laid back at RAWSO. No one is looking over your shoulder. Everyone gets along really well--different types of people, but we get along really well.”
“You don’t have to be afraid to go to her with an issue, even a big one that you can’t solve. You can go to Kari with any type of problem, and she’s calm about it and makes it seem simple. She never seems overwhelmed but just works with you to find a solution.” -Foreman at KLE
“I’ve always liked the construction industry. Just seeing something built from scratch--I don’t think you can ever shake that feeling of accomplishment, and having the whole team be a part of it.”
“To any woman who is looking to work in construction, my advice is don’t ever be afraid that you can’t do something. If you feel unsure about it, ask questions.”
“I did [grading] one time for them to move a billboard sign into the woods. The owner's son came out there on the job and he said “I really love this, your work is beautiful,” so I took pictures, I was sending it to everybody, posting on social. If I saw that today…” (laughs, shakes her head) “I’m so much better at it now.”
“When I got into construction, I truly started to care about my work because I knew the importance it had for individuals. My job is more than just coming in at 7 o'clock, clocking out, and going home. People depend on me to get paid, and to get paid correctly.”
“I grew up in Alaska on a little island, and my stepdad built roads for logging and construction -- he was an operator. His dad was a superintendent. I got to play on the equipment growing up, and he would always take us out to the jobsite where they were working.”
“I would say, go for it! Don’t be afraid. It may be twice as hard because it’s a male-dominated industry, but you have to have a voice. You have to have a backbone. You really have to put yourself on the line and you can’t self-doubt”
“I love dirt; I love equipment. I just really enjoy the construction industry.”
“One of our jobs was in a rough neighborhood. I had the GPS pole and I was going to test it. There was a guy who was looking at me funny and he started following me. Before I knew it one of my crew was running up to me and when he caught me, he goes “it’s just that you’re our official little sister, we gotta look out for you.””
“One morning I was at the scrapyard sitting in the scalehouse. Everywhere there was the hustle and the bustle and people coming in and out of the scalehouse, and I just remember saying to myself, “this is it. This is the coolest thing there is.”
“It can be awkward [on a new job], especially if I am the only female. But then as soon as I crack a joke or break the barrier in some other way, everybody lets their breath out and relaxes. I guess they’re thinking ‘ok, I guess she’s not so...scary… after all.’”
“My dad has done this his entire life, and I was raised around it, so it’s kinda my calling. I want to grow with a company like he did as he went through his years in construction. It’s exciting. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it in the end. I love it. I absolutely love it.”
“So he put me on one of the bigger excavators and he said “get out of that hole!” I was sweating and trying to figure it out. One of my guys hopped down to help me. He stood right there and walked me through it. I made it out without breaking anything or hurting anybody!”
Jim has more than two decades of experience in this industry. Prior to coming to work at RAWSO, he lined up independent truckers, as well as company trucks, for other construction companies.
Dave started in this industry in 1997 as a laborer and operator for Miller Pipeline. In 2013, he made his move to Midwest Mole as a foreman in the HDD division.
Josh started in the Maintenance Shop for Midwest Mole 20 years ago. Five years later he went out to be in the field as a Foreman.
Jim has been in the industry since 1975, and he was also one of the original employees when Midwest Mole started. He worked there for 12 years before he left in 1995 to pursue his own business.
Robert started at Southern Site in 2017, so he's been there since the beginning. "I love the equipment in this industry, and meeting different people."
Corbitt has been with Southern Site since 2017, but he had been in this industry for a decade before joining the team. His family owns construction companies in Springfield, so he grew up loving machinery.
Erin started with Southern Site in 2019, but she’s been involved in the construction industry all her life as she grew up in a family-owned excavation business.
Nikki has been with Southern Site since the beginning. Ryan was her manager at Goodall Homes, and brought her on board as an administrative assistant with Southern Site in May 2017.
Jeffery started his career as a salesman for a paint company, but quickly realized sales wasn’t his passion. He shifted gears and worked for two years as a laborer for a restoration and remediation company before joining MILBURN.
Rene joined Milburn in April 2014, right after the company started. When he joined, there were only about ten people working there.
Kurt started out in road construction for a couple of years before he moved into the demolition industry. After working for another demolition company for 19 years, Kurt made the switch to Milburn. That was in 2016, and he's been there ever since.
When Tim was growing up, his father and one of his older brothers were general contractors. Still, when Tim was in high school, he didn’t feel like construction was in his future. Instead, he dreamed of being a police officer.
Tanner is the fourth generation of his family to work in grading, as his great-grandfather, his grandfather, and his father all operated their own grading businesses.
When Ryan Goodfellow started his excavation business, Rock Structures, in 1997 near Ogden, Utah, it was the culmination of a lifelong love of dirt and iron that started over a decade earlier in Southern California.
Ralph Rich has always been fascinated with big iron and thanks to his grandma, he now calls the seat of a Caterpillar 390F excavator his office.
Missy was working in a fundraising position at a nonprofit, which she thought was her dream job until she met her now-husband Trevor, who ran a small excavating and dumpster business. She was instantly drawn to it all.
Mikel is the national safety director for Turner Mining Group, and he spends every day doing whatever he can to make sure that the disconnect never becomes a problem for Turner.
As a kid, Joe was lucky enough to grow up around big iron and a whole lot of dirt in Washington state, which paved the way for his job today.
Donny's career has taken him all over, from West Virginia to Guam, as he's used his skills as a heavy equipment operator to live in just about every conceivable corner of the US.
While today Dan manages multi-million-yard earthmoving operations around Southern California as the general superintendent for LB3 Enterprises, he’s spent decades working his way up from the bottom.
Conner Holmen, who today co-owns and runs the field operations for the Michigan-based In-Depth Excavation, started in the dirt world when then ten-year-old Conner and his dad created In-Depth Excavation.