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 24W While many teenagers use their graduation money for a computer or car, John Woodford went in a different direction, and it started him on the road to today. “I raced motocross and had a track in the backyard. With my graduation money, I wanted to buy a machine to maintain it, so I bought a skid steer—a brand new one,” he recalled. To help pay for it, he started doing small jobs like grading driveways, clearing bushes, and moving piles of dirt. Work kept coming his way, so he bought a mini excavator, and as jobs got bigger, he invested in more equipment. Woodford Excavating LLC was officially founded in 2003, with John’s father Jim as a partner because the teenager wasn’t old enough for anyone to take him seriously. Today, Woodford Excavating employs 15 to 18 people and specializes in demolition, site work, underground utilities, and oil and gas work. Recently, the company completed multiple pad locations for Chesapeake Energy, with each pad requiring them to move 10,000 to 100,000 yards of dirt, build a road and prepare the pad for the rig. Woodford continues to invest in equipment to help do the work. In early 2016, he purchased a Komatsu D61PXi, an intelligent Machine Control (iMC) dozer. “The dozer saves us 25 to 30 percent in the time it takes to grade a site. From the time the dozer starts working, it isn’t overcutting or undercutting. We aren’t moving any material we don’t need to move. We can put in slopes faster and keep grade behind an excava- tor making a major cut,” Woodford said. Another major benefit is that less experienced opera- tors do a better job with the D61PXi, he added. “If my Woodford Excavating LLC iMC: SEEiNG iS BELiEViNG CONSTRUCTION DIVISION: iMC Woodford Excavating LLC was officially founded in 2003, with John’s father Jim as a partner because the teenager wasn’t old enough for anyone to take him seriously. 14