Clark County at Work: Earthworks Excavating Services

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant



Business name: Earthworks Excavating Services.


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Owners: Matt Wiard.

Address: 11000 N.E. 117th Ave.

What the business does: Earthworks specializes in new and existing sewer and septic system construction and replacement. The company also does any work related to excavation, including all phases of residential, commercial and light industrial site development.

Steps to build your business: Owner Matt Wiard said he is focusing on getting new customers through networking and word of mouth, which he thinks is the best way for him to build his business. He will maintain existing relationships with loyal clients. Wiard is expecting a fair volume of new customers in coming years as the economy continues to improve.

Greatest challenge: Wiard said trying to keep ahead of a busy work schedule with a crew that focuses on safety, while staying in control of products and customers, is a challenge. Earthworks meets with each customer personally on site to make sure everyone gets what they are promised. When customers need emergency work, making time in an already busy schedule can be difficult.

What's ahead: Wiard wants the company to continue to stay diversified and not depend on one sector or field within the excavation industry. He said the business is holding steady for the immediate future.

Owner's business history: Wiard worked for several local excavation contractors while attending high school and college before starting Earthworks.

Year established in Clark County: 1999.

Employees: Four.

Telephone: 360-772-0088.

Fax: 360-514-9259.


Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.