In recent months, you may have heard Mike Rowe, star of the hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs” speaking in Iowa. With his engaging personality and straight talk, when Rowe speaks, people listen. His message was clear and echoes that of many companies across the state – Iowa is hiring!

For decades, McAninch Corporation has performed soil stabilization on the construction projects they have been involved with.  Historically, this excavation process was done for two main reasons. The first reason was to dry the soils, which the old timers would call “powdered sunshine”, and the second reason was to change the characteristics of the soils.

Complacency is perhaps one of the biggest problems we face in completing our daily tasks.  It is an attitude that determines how we respond to given situations.  In my safety career, I wish I would have kept track of how many times I have heard “we have always done it this way”. 



During the night of May 23, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, SW 9th Street just north of Army Post Road was shut down. This was done to install a sanitary sewer service and a water service for the new QuikTrip Store that is being constructed on the NE corner of that intersection.