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WHO WE ARE

HYDROEXCAVATORS, LLC.

HydroExcavators is a leading expert provider of hydro excavation services, trusted by major utility providers throughout the Southeast.

We’ve most likely seen a project like yours before on one of the many sites our team has successfully completed. Even if your job is unique, we’re confident our team of experts can apply and adapt our industry knowledge to find the ideal resolution for you.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Extensive Industry Experience

  • Power Generation
  • Oil & Gas
  • Water Utility Companies
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Power Companies T&D
  • Engineering Firms
  • General Construction Contractors
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Sites

WHAT WE STAND FOR

DRIVEN BY FIVE CORE VALUES

When Hydro-X is onsite, our goal is to achieve excellent results for our customers in a safe environment.

Safety
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Safety

Operating safely is the most important thing we do. Our team takes great care to ensure that everyone present on the job site understands all hazards and the safeguards that are in place to prevent accidents and injuries. Each day begins with a safety-focused Job Hazard Analysis designed to ensure that everyone maintains a strong risk awareness throughout the day and are protected at all times.

INTEGRITY & ACCOUNTABILITY
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INTEGRITY & ACCOUNTABILITY

Our word is our bond. The strength of our reputation is built on never sacrificing safety or quality, while always exceeding the customer’s expectations. We believe our people make Hydro-X the best company in the industry.

Excellence
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Excellence

Our teams understand that the outstanding service they deliver daily has a direct impact on the communities where we work. Our goal is to always understand the customer’s needs and exceed their expectations.

Transparency
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Transparency

Hydro-X holds our team to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. We welcome questions about our safety programs, training, quality standards, or why we have recommended a specific process for your project.

Continuous Improvement
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Continuous Improvement

The focus on Continuous Improvement is a cornerstone at Hydro-X. We encourage all of our team members to look for best practices that can enhance every aspect of our performance. As we become more proficient, the value we bring to our clients increases. We always embrace new technologies that could make the project better without sacrificing quality or safety.

HYDRO-X LEADERSHIP

MEET OUR TEAM

Stan Pitts
Stan Pitts
President
Stan Pitts

Stan Pitts

Stan Pitts serves as President of HydroExcavators, LLC and HydroExcavators II, LLC. With 38 years of experience in the utility and energy industries, Stan is a proven leader focused on operations, financial performance, and strong customer relationships. Most recently, Stan served as Vice President, Transmission for Southeast Connections, a leading natural gas pipeline contractor. There, he managed responsibilities including business development, customer experience, and the P&L reporting of the Transmission Division. Before joining Southeast Connections in 2018, Stan held various roles at major utility companies and natural gas pipeline contractors. He attended Mercer University and Southern Polytechnic University.

Joel Fincher
Director of Business Development (Utility Market)

Joel Fincher

Joel Fincher is the Director of Business Development for the Utility Market. In this role, he works closely with the leadership team to evaluate new areas and markets for development, meets with potential customers to determine their needs, and secures contracts. His experience spans utility installation, utility right of way clearing, and hydro-excavation over a 20-year period. Having held various roles in different aspects of the industry, he is uniquely qualified to help customers determine the best fit for their project.

John Strother
Director of Business Development (Civil Construction)

John Strother

John Strother has 30 years of experience in heavy civil construction, including environmental remediation and construction. He has been involved in every aspect of residential development, providing a unique perspective on how hydro excavation can be instrumental for development planning and civil design, particularly as it relates to utility installation or relocation. In his role with Hydro-X, he identifies potential clients, builds relationships, and provides price quotes for project specific budgets. He is also responsible for identifying growth opportunities in key geographic locations that are experiencing major growth in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Wesley Johnson
Director of Fleet, South Gas Division of Artera

Wesley Johnson

As Director of Fleet for the South Gas Division of Artera, which includes Hydro-X, Wesley develops the fleet strategy and processes that support the operations needs of each business. He leads a team that manages the total life cycle of our equipment, along with the overall budget and equipment purchases. Wesley brings 30 years of experience in repairs, maintenance, and fleet management from his years of service in the military, followed by his career in aftermarket repair, dealership services, and now construction fleet management where he has held various leadership roles. Wesley studied Business Management and Leadership at North Georgia Military College and holds a Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) Certification obtained in 2015 through the AEMP (where he has been a member since 2012).

Jed Mercardante
Jed Mercardante
Director of IT Operations, South Gas Division of Artera
Jed Mercardante

Jed Mercardante

Jed Mercardante supports the IT infrastructure needs for the South Gas Division of Artera, including Hydro-X. Jed joined Southeast Connections in 2014 where he quickly became an integral part of the IT team. In 2020, Jed transitioned to support the growing IT needs of Hydro-X. With a deep understanding of the South Gas Division businesses, Jed brings more than 20 years of comprehensive IT experience to his role including oversight of hardware, software, and networking. He is a proven leader in this space who has evolved with our business and developed technology solutions and support, while delivering excellent end user experience.

Scott Fendley
Southeast Regional Director

Scott Fendley

After 20 years of experience building custom homes, including owning his own business, Scott Fendley made a career change nearly a decade ago when he decided to pursue his CDL Driving Certification and began his career in the hydro-vac industry. Starting as a CDL Operator, Scott has quickly progressed to hold various roles as Operations Supervisor, Area Manager, and now Regional Director for the Southeast today. In this role, Scott supervises district managers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas ensuring they have the support they need to manager their own teams while prioritizing safety and excellence in operations. His perspective as a field operator means that he knows the business from the ground up, with safety always at the forefront of our work.

Kahler Vandiver
Senior Human Resources Manager

Kahler Vandiver

Kahler Vandiver is the Senior Human Resources Manager for Hydro-X. Kahler joined the team from sister company Southeast Connections, where she was an integral part of the Human Resources team with regional responsibility. There she served as HR business partner supporting the leadership team and employees within the assigned areas of the organization. Kahler holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in HR Management. In her role with Hydro-X, she provides daily HR support and serves as an HR strategic partner for the business.

Hank Hughen
Senior Manager of Finance

Hank Hughen

Hank Hughen has over 25 years of experience in finance with major financial firms, corporations, and most recently in the oil and gas industry, where he worked in corporate finance and financial planning and analysis for a publicly traded company. As an experienced finance professional, he has an extensive background in cash forecasting, strategic planning, budgeting, and corporate finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.

Keith Plemons
Keith Plemons
HSE Manager
Keith Plemons

Keith Plemons

Keith Plemons leads the Health, Environmental, Safety and Quality function for Hydro-X. He has more than 30 years of experience in the gas and underground construction industry. Before joining Hydro-X, Keith led HSE for Southeast Connections for 15 years. He currently holds the NCCER Certification in Construction Safety. He has also received industry recognition and awards from 811 and Georgia Public Service Commission for Damage Prevention Underground Utilities.