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Josh Scott uses a blower to start the cleanup process of what winter left behind.

my business as local as much as I could,” he said. “Working with local hardware stores and local advertisers is important and I try to utilize that as often as I can. There is a great support system between local businesses and I think that’s the way things should be done.”

As his client list grew, Scott built a workload that often keeps him busy from sun up to sun down.

“I go to work everyday and do a job that I enjoy,” Scott said. “Seeing a business that I have created, it motivates me to continue to produce and maintain the highest quality.”

Finding his own shop

While business continued to grow, Scott soon found himself in need of some additional space and operating out of the home garage was no longer feasible.

Scott moved things from his parents’ and uncle’s shop to a storage space not far down the road. The new space provided more breathing room for a little while, but after a few months of no electricity and insufficient concrete flooring, he began looking for the next legitimate move.

“It was hard to find what I was looking for when I started looking for a shop of my own,” Scott said. “I couldn’t afford to buy my own shop and the availability for rental spaces was very limited.”

Scott then found opportunity behind Delta Publications in Kiel, where Mike Mathes had a shop space available for rent. Scott took notice and was intrigued by the opportunity.

“The shop space was right next to City Hall in Kiel and provided a lot of space for us to store and wash our equipment,”

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Scott said. “We decided in August 2013 to set up shop at 611 Sixth St.”

The new shop space would allow the young entrepreneur the space needed to help grow his business while getting out on his own. He appreciated the flexibility offered by Mathes who told him to try it out for a few months.

“Mike was really great about giving me an opportunity with the new shop,” Scott said. “I wanted to take the right baby steps and the space we have found really provides us with the chance to be even more successful. We are able to have space for pallet racks to store materials and fertilizer, room to repair equipment, and to wash our trucks and tractors at the end of the day.”

The time finally came for Scott to put a sign on the building and claim his place among local business.

With an honest shrug, he said, “When you put a sign up, that’s pretty official and means you’re here to stay. You feel like a real part of the community. It was a great day and feeling to be able to do that.”

The young business owner, who has recently taken on his first full-time employee, has now fallen into the groove of his operation with a promising outlook toward the future.

“Things are changing every day and our industry has a lot of competition,” Scott said. “We know what it takes to provide a high quality service for our customers and can stand proud behind the work we do.”

Over the past two years, Scott has worked his tail off trying to build a solid client list that keeps his business moving year round.

“It was a busy winter for us,” he said. “Lots of snow meant lots of work and spring has come up quick. We are happy with our work load and are to a great point of simply maintaining our accounts.”

Scott has even had the luxury of turning away some jobs this year because of a full plate and appreciates the opportunity to work close with his clients. He is the first to say that bigger is not always better and is happy with the client base that he services.

“To still be working with some of the people I had when I first started out, that’s a great feeling,” he said. “Eight years later and we are still going.”

Scott said that he is eager to learn more every day and appreciates the opportunity to learn from all of his experiences.

“It’s hard to know what the future holds,” Scott said. “The only thing we know for sure is that we are going to continue to take care of people, our customers, the best way we know how.”