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.

Dulas Excavating awarded Thorne Crest Assisted Living Project

Dulas Excavating has been awarded site grading and demolition for the renovation and addition of the Thorne Crest Assisted Living Facility in Albert Lea.  The project consists of construction and renovation of the existing Thorne Crest facility including adding a new Wellness Center.  The project will demolish the old garages and former office building to make room for a new, more space efficient garage structure, along with new parking lot across the whole site.

The project is slated to begin in the early months of 2014.

Dulas Excavating Inc. congratulates I&S Group for their new acquisition of Paulsen Architects

Congratulations goes out to I&S Group of Mankato, MN, for the newly acquired Paulsen Architects. Dulas Excavating Inc. has worked closely with both I&S Group and Paulsen Architects on previous projects and look forward to working with the newly formed group in the near future on projects throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

I& Group is a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm established in 1973 and is headquartered out of Mankato, MN.  More information can be found at www.is-grp.com.

Congratulations again to the I&S Group.

Thank You Veterans

Dulas Excavating Inc. wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to all of those serving, have served and will be serving to defend and protect our country on this Veterans Day 2013.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Dulas Excavating announced as sponsor of Wells Kernel Days

Dulas Excavating Inc. is proud to announce that they are again a proud sponsor of the Wells Kernel Days Celebration.  Dulas will be the lone sponsor of the inflatables on the midway for children young and old.

To see additional activities for the Wells Kernel Days celebration, you can check out the Chamber link at www.cityofwells.net or we have included a copy of the schedule below.


Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events


Positions Available

Dulas Excavating Inc. is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Equipment Operators
  • Drivers/Laborers

For these positions, all qualified individuals must have a Class A CDL License with a current DOT Medical Card and successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen.  Truck Drivers should have previous experience in the construction industry driving Straight Trucks, Belly Dumps and End Dumps.  Hauling Heavy Equipment is a plus.  Willing and able to work some weekends, including overtime.  All driving and operating positions include laboring.  Good benefits and health insurance for qualified individuals.  Operators should have experience with mid-size excavators and dozers, as well as loaders and skid loaders.

Apply in person to our office at 964 Hwy. 109 E., Wells, MN.


National Demolition Association assisting government with changes in wake of Philadelphia’s deadly demo tragedy

Following the tragic events of June 5th in the City of Philadelphia where six members of the general public lost their lives on a demolition project site, The National Demolition Association (NDA) Board of Directors and Executive Director are providing whatever assistance the organization can to the government agencies investigating the tragedy.

In testimony on July 9th, before the Pennsylvania House Committee on Urban Affairs concerning legislation meant to change safety requirements for demolition projects, the NDA supported many elements of the law but took issue with requirements on project oversight.  Specifically, the bill would require all demolition plans for commercial structures in Class One Cities in the Commonwealth to be reviewed by a license architect or professional engineer.  “While in no way impugning the value of these professions…they simply lack the training and education in the demolition process to oversee the work being performed by a competent demolition contractor.” said the NDA.  The NDA was invited to provide testimony because it represents more than 800 firms involved in the approximately $5 billion U.S. demolition industry.  Copies of the testimony and proposed Bill can be found at

The Association wants to provide whatever assistance it can to federal, state and municipal government agencies to assure that a tragedy like this never occurs again.  Part of this effort involves the education of the regulatory communities.  Few have a good understanding of how the demolition process works or the skills that a modern demolition contractors brings to his work.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process.  Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms and recycling, landfill and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of safety, environmental and regulatory matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide member with networking opportunities and information.  Dulas Excavating Inc. is a proud member of the National Demolition Association since 2008.

Source:  National Demolition Association

Dulas Excavating selected as site work contractor at Owatonna Power Plant Re-purposing

Dulas Excavating was selected as the site work contractor for the Owatonna Power Plant Re purposing Project.  Teamed with Owatonna’s own Rocon, Inc., Dulas will be performing the mass excavation and underground utilities, as well as helping Rocon with the demolition of the old garage and Administration Building of the Power Plant.

In 2012, Dulas Excavating removed the two cooling towers and the inside of the outdated plant has been stripped of the turbines and generators.  The power plant became inoperable in 2010 when equipment was damaged from the neighboring river that flooded that year.

Once the power plant has been re-purposed, it will house the administrative offices, as well as the engineering department along with commercial space.  Owatonna Public Utilities is getting their local power from SMMPA.

Photo Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photo Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


A Green Future for Dulas Excavating

Every employee of Dulas Excavating Inc., from field personnel to office staff is striving to be as green as possible in a continuous and ongoing practice.  Dulas Excavating Inc. is aware of the part they play in addressing air quality, water quality and land quality issues.  We remain up-to-date on the best practices and policies and implement each of these in the work we perform.  The information learned is retained for years by review during evaluations.  Training has shown a reduction of waste and less idling of engines and motors.

Friend of Dulas Excavating, Allen Miller, 56, dies

Al Miller

Allen Eric Miller, age 56, of Mankato, died Thursday, March, 29,2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, just shy of a one week anniversary celebrating his life with friends at a benefit.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at SS.Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2012.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato Dialysis, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, or the 1st Presbyterian Church.

Allen was born April 14, 1955, to Charles W. and Anmarie E. (Schulte) Miller in Mankato.  He graduated from Mankato High School in 12973 and from Mankato Vo-Tech in 1975 with a degree in Ag Mechanics.  He was united in marriage to Linda Zilka on June 26, 2004, in Mankato.  Al was employed by RDO Equipment of North Mankato and for the past 11 1/2 years was self employed in mechanic work.  He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a volunteer with the St. Clair Fire Department for over 18 years.  Al enjoyed being outdoors, dancing, bicycling, motorcycling, playing cards and spending time with grandchildren.

Al is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Erica (Tobias0 Bonthrone, Nate Miller and girlfriend, Shayna Baker, and Adam (Ashley) Miller; mother, Anmarie Delp; eleven siblings; nieces, nephews, many friends, and extended family.

On March 25, 2012, the friends and family of Al had a benefit to help defray medical costs for his family.  We are all glad to have seen Al one last time and is watching down on us from up above.  Dulas Excavating Inc. sends their condolences to Allen’s family.