Ashland man moved by excavating award
On March 8, Hiltz was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas accepting his award from Equipment World magazine as Contractor of the Year for 2014. His business was chosen over 11 finalists from across the nation in a competition sponsored by Caterpillar Inc.
“I’ve dedicated my life to this industry, so this award means a lot,” Hiltz said.
Editors of the magazine choose the winner after a process that is heavily based on interviews with customers of each business, and on the business’s reputation for quality work.
The contest is limited to contractors with between $3 million and $15 million annual revenues, averaged over the past three years.
The award fits the profile of Hiltz and his 50 or so employees. The company, which now has more than 100 trucks, bulldozers, and other pieces of heavy equipment, did more than $10 million in business last year, Hiltz said.
It helped that his father, Willard Hiltz, was known and appreciated in the Ashland area for his business, Hiltz Construction. Jeremy Hiltz grew up in the construction industry, but switched to excavation because he saw a need for excavation contractors.
Hiltz trucks and crews are seen throughout the Lakes Region and the state, working on building and road sites among other jobs. One of the bigger projects the company has taken on recently is the work at the Hooksett rest area on Interstate 93, according to his wife and the company’s marketing specialist, Tania Hiltz.
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