Our History


Four Decades and Still Growing Strong

In 1971, feeling dissatisfied with the notion of working for others, Jerry Dulas set out to build and operate an independent company. He bought a wheel loader backhoe and aptly named the business Dulas Excavating and Trucking. At the time, he couldn’t have anticipated the future growth of his company nor the challenges he would face along the way.

There was no grand opening, only steady growth and gradual expansion. Hard work and consistent performance earned the company a reputation for dependability and helped establish a reliable client base in and around Wells, Minnesota.

In 1972, as the business continued to grow, Jerry’s wife Marilyn, joined the company as a partner keeping the books and managing the administrative tasks. By the mid 1970’s, Dulas Excavating had established a foothold in the local market and was looking eagerly toward the future.

In autumn of 1985, after carefully considering the impact of their growing business on the surrounding neighborhood, Dulas decided to relocate to their present location. The move provided greater access and visibility for the business as well as room to grow.

In 1987, as business growth continued, Marilyn assumed the role of President managing and directing all of the financial and administrative duties for the company.

Twenty years later, Ike and then Crystal, two of Jerry and Marilyn’s three children, joined the business, each contributing in their own unique ways.

Ike began working for Dulas in 2005, bringing extensive knowledge of modern site work and demolition technologies to the team. He incorporated new visionary ideas and practices improving the operational efficiency of the company. His direct contributions have provided the business with the ability to work effectively on larger, more challenging projects.

Crystal joined the team in 2007. Her knowledge and experience immediately enhanced the company’s capabilities by allowing for the execution of a wider range of specialized projects. Her efforts have repositioned the business in local and regional markets as a more dynamic excavating and demolition company.

The entire history of Dulas Excavating has played a significant role in shaping the current direction of the company. Jerry, Marilyn, Ike, Crystal and the Dulas team have worked hard to create a highly respected business organization. It is this respect and value that have forged today’s vision. 40 years after inception, the company continues to grow strong relying upon its values and following its vision.