Scott Smith, a loader operator, is preparing for his third season working for McAninch. Before joining the company, he spent a decade doing tree work in the Des Moines area.
“I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years, but this is the first one I could see turning into a real career and not just a job,” Smith says. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done. Everyone has a role in successfully completing projects.”
Smith was introduced to McAninch at a young age.
“My dad has worked here for many years,” Smith explains. “He was a lowboy driver when I was a little kid, and McAninch used to allow kids to come in and ride with their parents from time-to-time. It was awesome. I’ve always loved heavy equipment and getting to experience it firsthand as a kid made me look forward to this job.”
When we caught up with Smith, he was working on the infrastructure for a new housing development, replacing and compacting dirt to certain specifications where pipes had been placed.
His favorites parts of the job are the very family-oriented culture, tight-knit employee group and the ability to work a lot of hours when the weather cooperates.
When he’s not working – in the colder weather months – you can often find Smith ice fishing or camping. As for the biggest fish he’s ever caught – it was a 44 lb. flathead.
His advice to people starting out in this field is to stick with it and keep a level head. While the work and learning the equipment can be rough at first, you’ll catch on and realize a lot of people are here to help you.