A licensed builder since 1995, Linda DenHartigh, owner of Epic Excavating, set out to create a well-respected company that represents the local construction industry. She has achieved this by establishing contact with local general contractors and prime contractors and retaining highly qualified employees.

By treating her employees with respect and appreciation and listening to their ideas, Linda has built a dedicated and loyal team at Epic Excavating. The team recently took a farm field in Zeeland and turned it into an expansive parking lot for Herman Miller. This project was challenging due to the soil and weather they encountered, but Linda’s team prides themselves on their attention to detail and completed work that is in the best interest of the owner.

Typically, Linda’s days are filled with a mixture of accounting, HR, estimating, and project management functions. Meetings balance out the rest of her typical daily activities. While her current duties prevent her from being as highly organized as she would like to be, Linda said, “I would love to master fine-tuning my organizational skills.”

Linda was first drawn to the construction company at eight years old while working with her father, a commercial and residential painting contractor. Growing up around the remodeling and new construction environment influenced her decision.

“My father always told me to pursue my interests and often told me to ‘Go for it!’. I would encourage women to pursue their dreams and not give up when challenges arise. The challenges will present themselves since the construction field is heavily male-dominated,” Linda said.

She believes that business owners and general contractors could be more open-minded to allowing women-owned companies to participate in their projects by advertising for female participation whenever possible.

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