Love dirt? Get a sneak-peek into the world of heavy construction and mining through the lens of Aaron Witt, president of BuildWitt. On a mission to "Make the Dirt World a Better Place," he travels to projects and mine sites around the world weekly to tell the stories of the awesome people who call the Dirt World their career. This show brings you candid stories from people who live blue-collar life as well as the behind the scenes screw-ups and lessons learned from BuildWitt.
Sharing The Process with Nick Schiffer -- DT066
We know, we know... this isn’t our typical podcast guest on Dirt Talk, but give Nick Schiffer (of NS Construction) some credit - he’s got some serious construction bona fides.
Nick started NS Builders in 2014 and has gained a lot of wisdom in the triumphs (and failures) of growing a custom home builder. He shares about his dreams of building homes all over the world, how video and social media sets his business apart, and how he’s pretty good with a classic Bobcat.
Nick is also a host on the NS Builders Podcast which can be found here.
If you’d like to keep with Nick and NS Construction, follow their IG at @nsbuilders and visit nsbuildersma.com.
If you have any questions/comments/concerns, reach out at DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
Stealing Good Company Culture -- DT065.5
Podcasts aren't easy, as much as Aaron and Alex seem like it is (that was sarcasm). And while the Thursday episodes have been humming, we realized we didn't get any listener-submitted questions this past week. So listen as Alex tries to casually drop in a question that sounds really formal and Aaron busts him for just making it up.
In all seriousness, the guys are so thankful for the continued engagement and support that they continue to receive. Our listeners are the best, and we're so grateful for all the shares and questions/comments that come in. Keep 'em coming!
If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please reach out at DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
Uncommon Paths with Randy Blount -- DT065
Randy Blount (of Blount Contracting) recently sold the family business to WW Clyde after running the company for almost 15 years. He took over the company in his early 20s after his father passed away. The traditional way this could have played out is that he would have continued to run the company in AZ and surrounding areas and then passed the business on to his children or other family, but he instead chose a different path and sold the company after having significantly grown the business. All that's to say, his story is uncommon, and that makes sense - Randy is not a common man. As he says in this episode, "one thing that I know about myself is that I can work hard."
Aaron and Randy talk about why Randy decided to sell the company, how he has stayed on with WW Clyde as the Arizona Division Vice President, and why he made the bold (and VERY cool) choice to paint all of Blount's machines gray. Randy has also started working with BuildWitt as an advisor, and after hearing his story and perspective, you'll know why the BuildWitt team is very excited to work with him.
If you have any questions/comments/concerns, reach out to us at DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
Machines Come in All Sizes -- DT064.5
Aaron is in Nashville and Alex is on a Florida beach. A perfect setup for a podcast, no?
This week, Alex and Aaron catch up on BuildWitt office updates, exciting planning meetings last week, and Aaron explains why he thought it would be a good idea to run at least 48 miles in 48 hours (spoiler: he completed his run challenge).
They also discuss a few listener-submitted questions about stress management, different machine sizes around the world, and if Aaron will personally do all maintenance on his new skid steer.
Thanks for listening and being part of the Dirt Talk community. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please reach out to DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
Saving the Next Guy's Back with John Schiedeck -- DT064
"Owner-Operator" is not the most common path in the Dirt World. It requires more admin work typically, and you have to actually buy the machine, of course. But for those who can make it happen, it opens up a world of possibilities in the Dirt World. This week, Aaron spoke with John Schiedeck of Schiedeck Construction about the owner-operator life. John's an absolute weapon with a blade, making him one of the best graders out there. He recently moved from California to Texas, but was gracious enough to take a break from unpacking to give us a sneak-peek into what the owner-operator process looks like.
John and Aaron dig deep into some technical aspects of the heavy iron that John has, but they also discuss why to always "do what you can with the machine, so you don't have to do it with the shovel", the pros and cons of owning your own equipment, and John reveals a few operator tricks that he's learned in his career.
If you want to get in touch with John, visit the website for Schiedeck Construction or follow him on IG at @schiedeck_construction.
If you have questions/comments/concerns, reach out to us at DirtTalk@buildwitt.com.
And as always...
Discussing When It's Appropriate to Ask to Fly the Plane -- DT063.5
This week, Aaron and Alex catch up across the TN/AL state line. They check in about BuildWitt stuff happening and answer a few submitted questions like asking to hop in equipment on the job site, tracks vs wheels, and "the competition".
Everything and anything about the dirt world 🌎🤙
Great podcast filled with loads of knowledge , humour and unique guests. Listen up and grab a slice of humble pie.
Great knowledge bank! All these episodes are filled with info
These Pod casts have given endless knowledge in the dirt world ! Learn something new every episode.
Great show here! Love the discussions and topics that are covered!