Newer technology helps Iowa-based company excel in grading and screeding projects.
As the state of this post-pandemic employment market is proving, people are not afraid to make serious career changes. Gone is the apprehension and fear of the unknown — replaced instead by a boldness and sense of excitement in the new chapter unfolding before them. Although his actions predated the pandemic by more than a decade, Matt Eischeid also made some gutsy changes to his livelihood, changes that took him from a professional carpenter framing homes to becoming one of the leading screeding and grading companies in Iowa. That amazing transition was made possible through equal parts old-fashioned Midwest tenacity and innovative 3D LPS technology. While his new staff is only a fraction as large as that of his “previous life,” the technology he employs has allowed him to take on more work — and do it quicker and better — than others in his field with a much more robust workforce. Take that, Midwest nice.
Change in Direction
Founded in 2008, Eischeid’s company, Elite Builders, initially focused on carpentry and framing. He grew the business, eventually finding himself in a situation that most would see as enviable — he saw it as something entirely different.
“There’s no denying we were a successful business,” he said. “However, we grew to a staff of about 40 and when you get that big, the size of the headaches and challenges, overshadows any added profits. Eventually, it became more than I wanted to handle. Around 2016, I did some research and found two things: first, no one was doing mechanical screeding in this area, and second, a Ligchine laser-guided screed seemed to be the best way to go. So, I reached out to representatives from the company, purchased my first unit — a Ligchine ScreedSaver Max — and Elite was born.”
Today, largely because of that and subsequent Ligchine purchases, Elite has grown to a staff of only three persons yet performs between 200 and 300 projects per year ranging in size from small to very large. In addition, seeing an opportunity to expand, if not their ranks, at least their capabilities, they’ve added grading services to the mix, making them an even more formidable player in the Des Moines-area paving market.