Reflecting on 75 Years of C.J. Moyna & Sons
In the last 25 years, we’ve been able to assemble a team of players, that do a really good job in the construction industry. To have the chance to develop and grow our people into true earthmoving powerhouse team players has enabled our company to maintain its leadership in the earthmoving industry.
Along with the ability to take on complex projects we’ve instilled a can-do attitude in our company. That can-do attitude is given us the ability to open up flooded interstates in record time. It’s allowed us to take large tracts of development land and meet or exceed our customers deadlines. Along with this process, we act as if we’re the owner. Whether it’s the DOT/a government entity or private projects, we instill in all our people a desire to do it right. The earthmoving industry is extremely competitive. To survive and prosper in the earthmoving industry is challenging. All odds are against you. The weather, fuel pricing, qualified employees, equipment breakdowns, repair costs, and then the general liability of being in the construction business. So to have a team that has prospered in the last 25-75 years, it’s an amazing story.
Within the last 25 years, the DOT has added value engineering. We utilized that specification to the fullest. Our creativity and ingenuity are applied to the value engineering spec., which leads to better and more economical products for our customers. Within that process, we were able to expand our ability to be more efficient at what we were doing. In that process, we brought along the telemetrics of earthmoving, which was a big part of our success. Today we have a small air force of helicopter (drones) that fly over our projects on a daily basis.
Success isn’t truly success unless you can measure it. Drones have allowed us to measure our work every day. That part of technology has really helped. Applying those technologies, in combination with our manpower is what gets us out on the leading edge of success. Today we can virtually change any job site for the owner with our electronic capabilities. This is huge in the earthmoving world and truly separates us from other earthmovers.
Within the last 25 years, we’ve expanded into other aspects of the earthmoving world. The aggregate/concrete recycling business has been a major area of our growth in the last 25 years. We have grown into multiple crushing operations. We have quarries scattered around Northeast Iowa. Delivery of materials is important in the rock business. We’ve grown our trucking business with the addition of trucks and side dumps, which allows us to do a very good job of product delivery to our customer base.
We have our own underground crews that can perform for us on our projects at Progressive Structures. It’s enabled us to maintain or exceed deadlines of our earthmoving projects.
We started our own manufacturing business, from the need to be better, faster, and more productive. We went ahead and started developing our own equipment. We built E-Ject Systems and sold 500+ scrapers in that business. It was acquired by Caterpillar in 2008. In 2007, we started another manufacturing business, Mobile Track Solutions. We started building larger scrapers and tractors for the earthmoving business.
At the anniversary show on Friday, September 17th, MTS is going to be introducing some new equipment models that will change the earthmoving world. In January, we went over 500 scrapers produced at MTS. It’s very busy.
With all the construction, and all the manufacturing, we started a logistics company to make sure all our transportation needs were met. Presently, we run 12 heavy haul trucks for the delivery of machinery across the country. This has grown with the need for quality trucks and drivers. The business has been flourishing with demand for on-time deliveries. The business runs from coast-to-coast.
In conclusion, I can see a real need for people in the earthmoving industry to know its rich history. The history of the earthmoving industry has never been captured in one location. The story has been told here and there, but never in one location. Three years ago, the idea for the Earthmoving Legacy Center came about. The purpose of the Earthmoving Legacy Center is to tell the history of earthmoving, from manpower to the present day. In the winter months, we plan on closing it down to have training. That training will be for earthmovers in general. The purpose is for training of different companies involved in earthmoving, and different dealerships that sell earthmoving machinery. We want to make sure that we train people properly so that they understand the earthmoving process.
In the world of earthmoving, hours are important, minutes are important, but seconds are the most important thing that you can have in an earthmoving operation. You have to have a measuring device to quantify what you’re doing. Earthmoving can be like a game of football. If you don’t know the score at the end of each quarter, you’re probably not going to win the game. In this industry, if you don’t know your “score” at the end of each day and throughout each phase of the project, you’re going to come up short of your goals.
I’m very fortunate that I turned 60 years old this year, and I would have to say that, the way my life was, I wouldn’t change a thing. All the people that you meet along the way, and the relationships that you build, is probably the single biggest thing that I’d like to carry forward. If you can help somebody every day, it just makes it a better place to be. I’ve had a good 60 years, and I hope I can continue to help people as long as I can, and change the world for the better.