The roots of Dwire Earthmoving and Excavating go back over 50 years.
Allen Dwire came home from WWII and started a trucking business in southwestern Minnesota. In the late 1950’s, his son James Sr., joined him and they worked on residential basement and grading projects. In the 1960’s they moved into larger projects, including building county roads, Army Corp of Engineers projects, schools, ect.
James Dwire Sr. took over as Dwire Inc and continued to get involved in ever bigger earthmoving projects including starting a Redi Mix concrete company as well as aggregate and crushing operations. In the 1970s and early 80s Dwire Inc was a major Highway Heavy contractor building many of the County roads and many parts of the interstate highway system in southwestern Minnesota and South Dakota. In the heydays of the Federal Highway programs, Dwire Inc fielded a fleet of new Cat 657,637 and 627 scrapers.
James Sr. retired from construction for most of the 1980’s but came back to work around 1991 in California and Nevada and continued to complete Highway projects as well as major grading for schools and hospitals. James Dwire Sr. is still a very active and important member of Dwire Earthmoving today.
Jeff and Joel Dwire worked for their father, James Sr, off and on most of their younger years in Minnesota, Colorado and Nevada. They also worked for other contractors throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Dwire Earthmoving, as it is today, was started in 1995 in Colorado Springs by Jeff and Joel, but it wasn’t until 2001 the brothers decided to get serious and build the business to what it is becoming today. They made the decision in 2000 to invest heavily in growth and in the emerging technology of GPS for earthmoving.
For the past 10 years in Colorado Springs and Denver, Dwire has moved millions of cubic yards dirt to support the large growth of the commuity.
2006 – and on…
Dwire has rapidly grown over the past 10 years and we have set our expectations high. As we continue to lead the industry with technology, we can only expect to continue to be the best at what we do using our past experience and adopt new practices to further adapt to the expanding market.
Bored with the business and tired of slogging through a bad economy, Jeff and Joel Dwire retired and sold everything. Joel travels, lives the Jimmy Buffet dream and now lives in the phillipenes.
After traveling for a few years Jeff Dwire was in a life threatening motorcycle accident when a car pulled head on into his lane at 60mph. While rehabbing decided he missed the business, the people, and started a new company, similar name, in Colorado Springs again. Many of key employees have returned and we look forward to the future….
The first reason for the Flag was we thought it was cool. The other reason was in response to hypocrisy.
In the early ‘90s a lot of contractors started flying big American flags on their equipment. This was in response to the influx of machines made in Japan infiltrating the American track excavator market. One day on a job site with several other contractors, a local competitor tried to imply to an owner/customer he was better than Jeff, because he only ran “Caterpillar made in America”. Jeff promptly called him out, walked over to this guy’s machine & pointed out a small emblem on the side of both of his Caterpillar machines that said “Made under certification of Manufactures Association of Japan”. Jeff then pointed out that all our machines actually are made in America and in fact, we custom build many of our machines right here in Colorado. That other contractor/competitor is no longer in business.
Our Flag says we are different. Give us a try. You will see we are different in a good way.
We have also been labeled rebels for taking a stand on many issues. While we believe in playing by the rules, we have no problem standing and contesting anything we think is wrong, politically correct or not.