Dwire Earthmoving & Excavating has been featured in the following local and national publications:
Jeff Dwire, featured in The New Falcon Herald regarding
his company’s innovative solutions to environmental issues.
Companies Go Green
What you see is what you get at construction sites in Colorado Springs. Those black plumes of smoke billowing out of earth-moving machines create up to 80 percent of the city’s haze.
“If it was a factory polluting like that, people would be up in arms,” said Jeff Dwire, co-owner with his brother Joel of Dwire Earthmoving & Excavating.
Most residents don’t pay attention to that form of air pollution, he said, because it seems to be part and parcel of the industry. El Paso County has no regulations restricting the amount of pollution that construction equipment can release.
But it bothered the Dwire brothers so much they decided to do something about it.
Since 2000, the company that has annual sales of $25 million has invested more
than $7 million upgrading its earth-moving machines to run on computercontrolled,
low-exhaust emissions diesel engines.
Now, more than half of Dwire’s 30 machines that prepare land for building are
virtually smokeless. Dwire estimates his company’s efforts have eliminated the
amount of emissions that 20,000 cars would produce on the streets every day.
His company also plans to open a plant to make biodiesel, an alternative fuel, to
use in its equipment.
Earth Day article, The Gazette, Friday April 21, 2006 edition
The local earthmoving contractor convinced the Army Corps of Engineers that
the government was wasting “millions of dollars” by not allowing Global
Positioning System technology to be used for earthmoving projects.
The U.S. government refused to electronically release plans and specifications
to contractors, until company owner Jeff Dwire filed a complaint and explained
why using GPS on earthmovers is good.
It eliminates the need for a surveyor staking the site and relaying the information
by hand signals to machine operators. Also, with GPS, everything is emailed
and digitized on computer. That accelerates the estimating process.
The Army Corps of Engineers agreed and soon will release electronic plan data
for several new Fort Carson construction projects.
And Dwire got a new $4 million contract for its efforts.