Face of Construction Services
Grant Garrett, CEO
Garrett Excavating of Benton specializes in civil construction focused on commercial, industrial and highway projects throughout the state of Arkansas. Grant Garrett, CEO, says his third-generation company is determined to move the minds and hearts of people, and moving dirt is just a part of that.
Founded by Grant’s grandfather, Irvin Garrett, in 1950, Garrett Excavating performs some of the most important jobs on any construction site including earthwork, storm drainage, utilities and paving. Grant Garrett says these components represent the single biggest variable to any construction job.
Grant didn’t enter the family business right away. An all-SEC performer on the offensive line for the Razorbacks from 1994-98, he enjoyed a brief tour in the NFL before returning home to Central Arkansas. He worked at a car dealership for two weeks before realizing, “It wasn’t for me.”
His first big break with the family business was a $4 million Walmart contract for which he had to borrow $1 million. “Thank goodness, it was a great job,” he says. He was attracted to the business by the great sense of accomplishment it affords.
“We literally move mountains,” he says. “My purpose in this life is to help people who want to help themselves. It makes going to work much more fulfilling, compared to just working for money. I love having the opportunity to interact with employees, customers, vendors and suppliers. Endless opportunities to help some really great people.”
Grant says COVID-19 has been especially challenging from a human resources perspective — finding qualified help and navigating through multiple quarantines within the organization. But Garrett Excavating plugged on through remote working and Zoom meetings.
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