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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.

Jamie Everhart
Vice President, Human Resources

Jamie Everhart

Jamie currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources of Hydro-X. Jamie has over 20 years of Human Resources experience with concentrations in benefits administration, compliance, safety and employee relations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while being SPHR certified. Prior to joining the company, Jamie served as VP of Operations for a leading clothing manufacturer.

Kevin Gilbert
Director of Operations

Kevin Gilbert

Kevin Gilbert serves Hydro-X as Director of Operations. He has more than 30 years of Operations and Management experience in the United States and internationally. During that time, he has led many business transformations and implementations in a wide range of industries, including natural gas pipelines and distribution systems. He is well versed in helping organizations succeed with growth-orientated initiatives.

In his role today, Kevin oversees all Hydro-X operations, providing leadership support to the teams while ensuring operational efficiencies. He focuses on the continuous improvement of business operations, customer service, and positioning Hydro-X to achieve its strategic objectives, including the development of our people with a focus on safety and service excellence.

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.

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.

Val de Souza
Director of Finance

Val de Souza

Val de Souza is Director of Finance. In this role, Val collaborates with the leadership team, developing strategies to improve business performance and generates relevant analytics to drive value creation. With over 20 years working for global construction materials companies, Val has extensive experience in supporting operations like those of Hydro-X. Originally from Maryland, she holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

Dan Craig
Fleet Director

Dan Craig

Dan Craig serves as Fleet Director. In this role, he leverages his extensive experience with the maintenance and operations of hydro vac trucks, both chassis and body, from his prior experience with a supplier. He has over 30 years of experience working in various roles in the heavy equipment industry. Today, he is responsible for the maintenance of our fleet, with a focus on minimizing any equipment downtime.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls and holds a degree in Agriculture.