Utility Contractor

MAY-JUN 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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20 Utility Contractor | May/June 2018 who have a vested interest results in an atmosphere where people want to perform and take care of the customers." The company today is led by Tiffany Sewell-Howard, Ed's granddaughter and the fifth generation of the family to lead the organization. Under her leadership the company has expanded in the underground market by acquiring related products and product lines, leaving it well positioned in an emerging market. "Right now the market is very strong, and indications are that it will continue to be strong at least through 2019 and into 2020," Lawson said. "But, we need to find people to be able to do the work, notably at the operator level. The fiber market and the pipeline market have high demand, but contractors are limited because they can't find people to do the work." Getting Involved During his tenure at Ditch Witch, Lawson has become active in various trade organizations and events covering a variety of industries. In addition to NUCA, Lawson is active in the Distribution Contractors Association and the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference. Lawson got involved in NUCA beginning in 2001 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has also participated with various committees, including HDD, government relations and workforce development. "It really pays off to get involved," Lawson said. "By getting involved you learn the ins and outs of the organization and the full breadth of what if offers and what it takes to run. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to have your voice heard to help shape the association and add value." When he is not volunteering his time, Lawson enjoys his family, wife Michelle and daughters Becky Helscel and Megan Lawson, and also enjoys golf and is a regular fixture at NUCA golf outings. He has also retained his interest in automobiles. "I would like to have more time to work on vehicles when I retire – that interest is still there," he said. Lawson says winning the Associate of the Year is humbling, and he credits several individuals who have helped him along the way, from his family to countless people at the Ditch Witch factory and Ditch Witch dealers who helped him along the way. In the end, Lawson says, the key to success is simple: "When you find your passion in your work, enjoy it to its fullest and you will be rewarded with a great career as I have." Jim Rush is editor of Utility Contractor. Ditchdigger of the Year Presented annually at NUCA's Convention to a contractor member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry. Associate Member of the Year Presented annually at NUCA's Convention to an associate member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry. We Dig America Award This award is presented to a non-NUCA member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry. The achievement must have national impact and the recipient must have national stature. N U C A AWA R D S O F E X C E L L E NC E

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