Before homes and businesses are built, a considerable amount of work must happen below the ground, and it goes far beyond digging foundations. With 30 years of experience – 20 of which have been with McAninch – George Storm has significant expertise in this area.
As a track excavator operator, Storm operates heavy machinery to move materials and clear ground, dig holes and trenches to prepare sites for construction. As part of a utility crew, he primarily digs ditches for the storm, sewer and water underground structures.
On the day we were on the job site with Storm, his team was doing underground utility work for an electric substation that’s needed to power the industrial growth in the Altoona area. Construction on the Facebook Data Center could be seen across the horizon.
As with any job, there are challenges. And when you’re often at the mercy of Mother Nature, conditions can quickly change. For Storm, underground water control can be a stubborn issue.
“When you have water bleeding into your ditch, it presents different soil situations. You have to know how to shore your soils and work within the conditions,” Storm explains. “Because of recent heavy rains, we have a pump in the ditch today to help control water.”
While Storm’s on-the-job experience has helped him know how to judge and react to changing soil conditions, there are additional resources for employees to gain expertise.
“We have access to the union training centers, and there are different classes members can take to learn about how to manage soils for this type of work,” Storm says. “They have a number of educational opportunities for different jobs out in the field.”
Storm is proud of the state of Iowa’s focus on attracting people to skilled trade jobs. He says the last economic downturn had many people shying away from construction-related employment and many may still be afraid to come back.
However, he thinks people should take a second look as long as they have a desire to work hard.
“These jobs offer good wages and benefits for those who aren’t afraid of manual labor,” he adds.
When asked what he likes best about working for McAninch, he didn’t hesitate with a response.
“We’re treated with respect, and most employees like to know their work is appreciated. That’s been key for me all of these years; everyone respects each other.”
If you or someone you know is looking for a career with a company who is passionate about its people, puts safety first and provides professional growth opportunities in a team-oriented and highly productive culture, look to McAninch.
Ideal candidates will have a valid driver’s license, are willing to work longer days in good weather and most importantly, have a mindset of safety first. Candidates who are interested in pursuing a career with the leading excavation and grading contractor in Iowa should call (515) 267-2500; complete an application by stopping by our office at 4001 Delaware Avenue, Des Moines; or fill out an online application at www.mcaninchcorp.com.