Plateau People – Gordy Ivey, Equipment Manager, FL
With a strong foundation built on people, quality craftsmanship, and innovation, Plateau Excavation has become a leader in tackling advanced, large-scale and complex site development projects, but it is our people that truly make the difference and have moved the company forward.
- How many years have you been at Plateau Excavation? March 1984 (with Dewitt Excavation), then since 2016 with Plateau, when Dewitt merged.
- What’s your job title? Equipment Manager out of our Florida office
- What exactly do you do at the company? I have done it all. I started as a laborer with a shovel in my hand in 1984. I have been a fuel truck and low-boy driver. In 2004, I took over the mechanic role, and in 2016, I became the equipment manager with the merge with Plateau.
- So far, what has been your favorite project? I don’t have a favorite site, but my favorite project in my career here is painting equipment.
- How would you describe your team or the people you work with? They are an excellent team and talented. Our shop is Class A for repairs.
- What advice would you provide to someone interested in entering this industry? It’s exciting to be around heavy machinery and to see the progress of development on job sites. It is a hard industry to be in with the heat and physical labor, it takes motivation, but it’s worth it.
- What is your favorite aspect about your job, Plateau, or the industry? It’s amazing to see the size and grandeur of what it takes to develop land and to be part of that.
- What drew you to Plateau initially? My family moved to Florida, so I decided to move down here and found a job with Dewitt, now Plateau. There were only 25 employees here when I started.
- Anything else to share? I have a mechanic background. My dad worked for General Motors. I love the mechanical aspect to my job. I worked on one of the first excavators in 1972 to Caterpillar 245 that stretches over 50 ft. It’s interesting moving dirt here in Florida because of the sand/swamp land; the largest haul truck we can have on-site is a Caterpillar 745 because of the weight of it.
It’s exciting to be around heavy machinery and to see the progress of development on job sites. It is a hard industry to be in with the heat and physical labor, it takes motivation, but it’s worth it.