A-1 Excavating was started in the mid-1970s by Archie Pecha and a business partner. His sons, Terry and Todd Pecha began working for the company in the mid-1980s. As an example of growth within the organization, the company had 12 employees in 1982 and has about 200 employees today. Even with the continuous growth of the company, it remains a family-owned and Bloomer-based business to this day.
The construction company focuses in a variety of municipal work, including water mains, sanitary sewers, and storm sewer pipework and structures. While the company is based in Chippewa County, work spans throughout the state of Wisconsin and into Eastern Minnesota. Currently, A-1 Excavating has crew members working on the Foxconn project in the southern part of the state.
A-1 Excavating is a union company and takes pride in employing union workers. Many of its employees have been with the company for the majority of their careers. In fact, the company loses less than 5 percent of its workforce year-to-year. Retention is high because employees are paid well, treated well, and undergo training on-the-job. “The construction industry pays well and that helps us with retaining and attracting people,” Terry said.
Employees at A-1 Excavating now have a new facility to work from in Bloomer. In addition, Terry and Todd secure new equipment on a regular basis; this advanced machinery allows for greater productivity and efficiency. “We can be more reliable with new equipment. As an example, we use GPS technology with setting grades, eliminating some of the traditional surveying and staking out on job sites,” Terry said.
Terry and Todd look forward to a bright future for the company. “A-1 has been in business for decades and we plan to be here for a long time. The construction industry is always a needed industry with career-long jobs and the ability to support a family. We are excited to be a part of that opportunity,” Terry concluded.