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Despite the dominance of technology in modern
excavation, the business remains very dependent on
human labor and intelligence, and the labor shortage
has had a strong impact on excavation contractors.
With roots in a very different era of
construction, how have these companies survived and thrived? Their success seems to hinge on two things:
staying current with the technology and
diversification.
Veit's single dirt-hauling truck began
carrying produce, too, and then scrap.
Soon the company was doing earthwork,
roadbuilding, land clearing and demolition - and constantly offering services
"adjacent" to their existing work. "If it was
slightly related to what we were doing,"
says Boelke, "we would add that service."
Veit's director of sales and marketing,
Chuck Geisler, agrees that diversification
has been an important factor in making
their company stand out. "We offer a single
point of contact. Because we have demolition, foundation, earthwork, utilities, and
a handful of other service offerings, we

can tap a lot of different minds to come up
with creative solutions. 'That'll work; this
will save you time and money.'"
DiGeronimo tells a similar story.
"Being innovative and diverse has helped
us grow. We can do pretty much anything
that has to do with the site. Start with
clearing and stripping topsoil, putting in
utilities and on. We do our own recycling.
We're the second or third largest concrete
recycler in the country. We bought the former Chrysler stamping plant in Twinsburg,
Ohio, performed the asbestos abatement,
demolished it, scarped the steel, crushed
the concrete, performed the site work, and
created an industrial park. The more services you offer and the more value you
add to the project, the more special you
are, I guess."
Boelke believes that Veit's growth
method is part of a larger pattern that

defines the company. "We are service oriented. That's what gives us the advantage.
We train ourselves to be forward thinking and innovative. We keep ourselves
technologically advanced. In earthwork
and excavating, we rely more now on GPS
grade control equipment, computerized
systems that make us more efficient and
let us work on tight schedules."

AMAZING TECH
Both Boelke and DiGeronimo agree that
GPS systems have transformed excavation. "They are really the forefront of the
technological advancement in our industry," states Boelke. "It seems to go hand
in hand with computerization. We get our
drawings electronically in a CAD file; we
shoot it out into cyberspace and it shoots it
down to the machine and loads it." Boelke
adds, "Ninety-eight percent of our fleet is
Caterpillar, and we're extremely loyal."
Paul Bertolino's company, Charter
Contracting, an AGC of Massachusettsmember, recently completed an awardwinning project remediating and capping
a Superfund landfill site. He points out that
GPS systems speed up the work. "It allows

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Selling Construction as a Career: A New Approach to Recruiting the Next Generation of Workers
Chapter Connection
Daytona Rising: Fast & Furious … & Victorious
Chapter Connection
Simonson Says
Making Safety Second Nature: W.S. Bellows Construction Wins Top Safety Award
Technology Toolbox
Digging It: Excavators Dish Dirt on Staying Competitive in an Ever-Changing Market
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Equipment Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Intro
Constructor - May/June 2017 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2017 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Selling Construction as a Career: A New Approach to Recruiting the Next Generation of Workers
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 13
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 14
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 15
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 16
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 17
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 18
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Daytona Rising: Fast & Furious … & Victorious
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 21
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 22
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 23
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 26
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Making Safety Second Nature: W.S. Bellows Construction Wins Top Safety Award
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Constructor - May/June 2017 - 30
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 31
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 32
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 33
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 34
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 35
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Digging It: Excavators Dish Dirt on Staying Competitive in an Ever-Changing Market
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 39
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 41
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 45
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2017 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2017 - Final Inspection
Constructor - May/June 2017 - cover3
Constructor - May/June 2017 - cover4
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