Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24D Degen Excavating has weathered plenty of economic highs and lows during its nearly 60 years in business. Still family- owned and run by the second generation with a possible third generation knocking on the door, the company has shifted core competencies over the years. The Lima-based company was founded in 1958 by Fritz Degen who emigrated from Switzerland and took a job in construction. “The company that my father started working for upon his arrival to the Ohio area needed underground excavating and earth moving services, and he said ‘I can do that.’ So, not knowing the first thing about that type of work, my father taught himself, starting a company that has come a long way,” said Bill Degen, Fritz’s son and current president of the company. For many years, the company specialized in water and sewer work, contracting with municipalities, commercial clients who built shopping complexes, and subdivision devel- opers around Lima. Starting in the 1980s, the company developed another specialty—pipework. At the time, Standard Oil Lima Refinery asked Degen Excavating to bid on constructing new fire suppression systems within the plant. “They were looking for someone at the time as much as we were looking for work. Even though plant ownership has changed multiple times, our work ethic has kept that door open, including today with the present owners Husky Energy. We have nurtured the relationship and it has developed,” Degen said. The company also works for other processing plants, pipeline companies, natural gas companies and chemical facilities in the Lima area. During The Great Recession, the company was fortunate to be working in an area where investment had not dried up. The refinery undertook major renovations, and Degen Excavating helped. It also helped build an ethanol plant. A maintenance contract with Husky Energy at the Lima plant also involved performing the majority of the under- ground excavation work along with any other jobs they were asked to perform by the client. “We stay versatile and cater to all of our client’s every changing needs.” Recently, work from private sources and municipalities seems to be coming back as well, he said. “We are doing some state work and some private sector work. Other avenues are opening up.” Employment is holding around 40 to 45 employees. In addition to excavation, water and sewer services, Degen Excavating offers more specialized hydro-excavation and hydro-blasting services, utilizing highly pressurized (Opposite and above): The company’s Komatsu WA270 wheel loader helps make short work of an extensive Main Street improvement project in Cairo, Ohio. CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT Degen Excavating Co. Inc. PERSEVERANCE, PEOPLE, PASSION The Lima-based company was founded in 1958 by Fritz Degen who emigrated from Switzerland and took a job in construction. “Ninety percent of our work is in industrial facilities— refineries and chemical- and fuel-producing facilities.” Josh Barhorst, VP and project engineer Degen Excavating Co. Inc. 5