Join Our Team – We’re Hiring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dulas Excavating is looking for some talented individuals for the remaining part of the 2017 Construction Season and beyond.

Current positions available:

DIESEL MECHANIC position available. Qualified candidate must have 3 – 5 years repairing and maintaining heavy construction equipment and trucks.  Possess a valid CDL and perform tasks independently without direct supervision.  DOT-certified Inspector a plus, but will assist if needed. This is a full-time, year-round position that includes benefits.  Some overtime will be required.

ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST position available.  Qualified candidates will have a solid financial work history or bookkeeping/accounting degree.  Position will include all facets of A/P, A/R, Payroll, Cost Accounting, General Ledger Accounting and Sales Tax, among other miscellaneous tasks. Analytical skills, along with attention to Detail, Confidentiality and Thoroughness are a must. Working knowledge of construction equipment a plus, but not required.  This is a full-time, year-round position that includes benefits.  Some overtime will be required from time to time.

Dulas Employee Application

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at 507-553-3938.

 

Jim Nesius, CEO of Wells Concrete

Our condolences go out to the Nesius Family, our neighbors and business partners, at the loss of their dad, brother and uncle; as well as the CEO for Wells Concrete, Jim Nesius.  Our hearts are with you at this difficult time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Power Plant Expansion earns EIC Pyramid Award

The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s (SMMPA) Power Plant expansion in Fairmont, MN, was awarded the Pyramid Award for Excellence in Construction by Associated Builders and Contractors at the Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet in January.  As part of the construction team, Dulas Excavating was able to attend and accept the award alongside the Joseph Company, the general contractor of the project.

The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency entrusted their $8.8M expansion of their power plant in Fairmont to Dulas Excavating and the Joseph Company.  The project was programmed to accommodate four new power generators delivered from Germany.

Along with the mass deconstruction of the outdated coal powered plant, special challenges to complete the project were place four mass foundations pads to bear the generators as well as unloading and placing the generators, weighing 97 tons each.

As testimony to the performance for SMMPA, Peter Reinarts, Manger of Generation & Operations, summarized it well by saying, “We relied heavily on their expertise and they went out of their way to build a better power plant.  I cannot say enough how happy we were with the performance.”

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Welcome Michael Michaelis to our Engineering Team

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We are pleased to introduce Michael Michaelis to our Project Engineering Team.  2015 brought wonderful growth to Dulas Excavating Inc., and Michael will be helping out splitting his time in the office with Estimating and Project Engineering, as well as in the field, filling in where needed.

Michael originally started in the field in April 2015 and quickly moved forward in learning how the business works more and expressed his interest in a more in-depth position.  Mike’s main responsibilities will include estimating with AgTek and HCSS, project management working with our subcontractors and vendors; and field engineering with the GPS layouts and client interaction.

Michael comes to us by way of the North Dakota “oil patch”.  He is looking forward to being home every night with his wife, Melissa and two children, Lyla (6) and Royce (5).

Please welcome Mike when you see him around Dulas Excavating and introduce yourself.  He can be reached in our office at 507-553-3938 or email at Michaelis@DulasExcavating.com.

 

 

Employment Opportunities – Truck Drivers

2015 Truck Drivers for Construction Season

Open Date:  3/13/15
Close Date:  5/15/15
Positions Available:  4

Work Type:  Belly Dump, End Dump, Straight Truck Drivers

Work Days:  Weekday, Saturday, Work Varies; 50 hours per week

Benefits:  Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Paid Time Off (PTO), Holiday pay, Davis-Bacon Fringe Benefits

Required Skills:  Must have a Class A CDL with Air Brake endorsement and be able to pass a DOT required physical exam.
Experience Required:  18 months

Preferred Skills:  Tanker and Hazardous Materials endorsements preferred

The successful candidate for this seasonal position will possess a Class A CDL with a good driving record.  They will be able to travel to our projects throughout the area.  Some overnights are required, but will mostly be home nightly.

Salary Offered:  $14.00 to $16.00 hourly, dependant on experience.

Interested parties must personally stop into our company office in Wells to submit a job application.
Address:  964 Highway 109 East, Wells.

Contact Crystal Dulas with any questions at 507-553-3938.

Employment Opportunities – Heavy Equipment Operators

2015 Heavy Equipment Operators

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Open Date:  3/13/15
Close Date:  5/15/15

Positions Available:  2

Work Type:  Heavy Equipment Operator

Benefits:  Health Insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), Holiday pay, Retirement

Work Days:  Weekday, Saturday, Work Varies; 55 hours per week

Required Skills:  Prefer a Class A CDL with Air Brake endorsement and be able to pass a DOT required physical exam.
Experience Required:  2 years

Preferred Skills:  Experience operating equipment such as excavators, dozers, loaders and skid loaders is a must.  Underground utility experience is a plus.

The successful candidate for this position will possess a Class A CDL with a good driving record.  They will be able to travel to our projects throughout the area.  Some overnights are required, but majority of time will be home nightly.  This role must have a strong work ethic and have the ability to work in a construction environment.

Salary Offered:  $16.00 to $20.00 hourly, dependant on experience.

Interested parties must personally stop into our company office in Wells to submit a job application.
Address:  964 Highway 109 East, Wells.

Contact Crystal Dulas with any questions at 507-553-3938.

Uncompromising Leadership: The Foundation of a World-Class Safety Program

At the start of 2015, Dulas Excavating Inc. sat down with management and created the goals for the year.  At the top of the list, was to up the ante on our safety program.  As we work through the difficulties to create a world class Safety Program, direct connection to the construction industry is realized.  We start by looking at our management to lead by example.

What terms come to mind when thinking of the world’s greatest leaders? Strong. Visionary. Motivational. Committed.  Uncompromising.

Good leaders are liked by their subordinates because they maintain peace and calm. However, great leaders are respected and adored. People will change their lifestyles and their philosophies to achieve their vision of success.

In order to motivate a group of individuals to achieve a common set of goals, great leaders understand that they must lead by example and never compromise on their beliefs. Great leaders foster a culture of excellence, where everyone not only believes in the organization’s core values, but also practices them in every facet of their work.

So, how does great leadership relate to construction safety? Quite simply, it is the foundation upon which all world-class safety cultures are built. Without a leader who truly believes that every single injury and incident is preventable—and expresses that heartfelt belief through his or her daily actions—a culture cannot be built where all employees believe they will return home safely and in the same (or better) condition than which they arrived on the jobsite that morning.

Without a leader who refuses to compromise on safety as the core value upon which all decisions are based—be it with corporate management, the men and women in the field or the clients who pay the bills—the systems and processes that make up a company’s safety program and the actions of those on the jobsite become poisoned and ineffective.

Leadership commitment means the president or CEO not only believes that every single injury and incident is preventable, but also works tirelessly to reinforce that belief among all employees.

One letter from an insurance carrier explaining how a company’s experience modification rate (EMR) had increased due to a serious injury stated: “While the primary goal is not to have accidents, some incidents are unavoidable.” When statements such as these invade a company’s safety philosophy, it’s a clear sign the culture is flawed. In this instance, leadership has accepted the perceived inevitability that one of their employees will be injured on the job. They may be committed to a zero-incident jobsite, but they don’t truly believe in it. That works its way through the company and becomes accepted by employees and management, and the results can be fatal.

Uncompromising leadership means a leader refuses to bend his or her core beliefs for the sake of profits or schedules. Great leaders believe and reinforce that safety isn’t a priority, but rather a core value of the company. Priorities change; core values do not. It is the fundamental basis on which a firm operates and for the decisions it makes. Uncompromising leadership manifests itself in many ways:

  • expecting employees to stop work when faced with a potentially hazardous situation and rewarding them for protecting themselves and others;
  • pulling employees from a jobsite if they believe the owner or general contractor has emphasized delivery dates over the safety of their people; and
  • walking the jobsite in full PPE so employees see that even the CEO must follow the policies and procedures that he or she has helped create.

Leadership is critical when transforming a safety program from good to world-class. Without the commitment of senior leadership to achieve a zero-incident workplace, jobsite conditions and attitudes will not change.

This excerpt was taken from Construction Executive, Workplace and Safety, written by Joanna Masterson.  Follow @ConstructionMag; @DulasExcavating;

Business Partners with Dulas Excavating Inc.

Dulas Excavating Inc. keeps WW Blacktopping of Mankato in their thoughts and prayers today.  As a result of a fire, WW Blacktopping has lost all of their office, shop and most of the archived documents.  Take a moment to send your thoughts and prayers to Mitch, his staff and crews and they begin to rebuild.

View Article at Mankato Free Press.

Dulas Excavating Inc. is a business partner with WW Blacktopping on many of the Southern Minnesota area commercial work.

Dulas Excavating part of ABC Awards

Congratulations go out to the Joseph Company of Austin on receiving the Pyramid Award for Renovation at the ABC MN/ND Construction Awards Banquet in January.  Dulas Excavating Inc. was honored to be part of their celebration as a team member of the Riverland College Early Childhood Care & Education Center.

The project consisted of remodeling an existing vehicle repair/storage garage on the campus in Austin, MN into a state-of-the-art 18,000 sf Child Care Facility and 18,000 sf outdoor playground.  Dulas Excavating Inc. was part of the interior demolition and site work team to remove the interior walls of the vehicle shop as well as the concrete floor and full length trench drain throughout the building.  Dulas also regraded the site away from the playground and installed storm sewer to pull the water away from the building.

The Joseph Company and subcontractors achieve a perfect safety record on the project having performed over 19,000 man-hours with zero safety incidents or injuries.

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RJ Ahmann Company merges with David Martin Agency

RJ Ahmann Company has announced a merger with David Martin Agency effective January 1, 2014.  The combined companies will go forward together under the name Ahmann-Martin.  The merger allows both companies to grow while remaining independent and employee owned.

RJ Ahmann, now Ahmann-Martin, is the insurance company for Dulas Excavating Inc. and leads the construction industry in Minnesota for coverage for high risk construction projects.  On behalf of the Heavy Highway Construction Industry, we congratulate Ahmann-Martin on their exciting news and look forward to your continuing service with the construction industry.