Meet Ryan May

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Ryan May has been working as part of a utility crew for McAninch since spring 2016. While he had experience doing this same type of work for another company, he always knew he wanted to work for McAninch.

“The company is visible on job sites all over the area,” May says. “They have a great reputation, and the pay and benefits are good, too.”

When we visited with May, he was working on a water main at a large project site. His job that day was cutting existing water main pipes and putting 45-degree bends on them. It was necessary to lower the grade so other pipes could be laid on top of the water main.

While it’s exciting to work on large, significant projects, it the people that make the difference for May.

“We have a great environment. There are a lot of high-spirited people here who are great to be around.”

Outside of work, motorcycles are his hobby. In the winter, he enjoys resting up for the busy construction season, which often brings 50- to 60-hour weeks.

“It can be demanding work, but the trade-off is good with pay and benefits,” May says. “It’s also a stable industry; I like that about this line of work.”


McAninch was named an Iowa Top Workplace in 2019 and 2018. If you or someone you know is looking for a career with a company that 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