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Old 09-30-2012, 09:46 PM
italianstallion69 italianstallion69 is offline
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yes getting contracts is the hardest part.

but I will say that we have sub opportunities in 3 states (not Oklahoma yet but stay tuned)

If you would be open to subbing work in Oklahoma let me know.

We work for retail stores/ dollar general/ olive garden+darden restaraunts/hampton inn/ medexpress/

at the large chain levels its alot less about "knowing what you are doing" than who you know.

gas stations i do not do- no Budget! if they cant match our minimum numbers i dont even work on them.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:52 PM
italianstallion69 italianstallion69 is offline
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the truth is once u get in with a company, unless you mess up badly, they wont bid it.

we have a client that we have done 4 stores for. we do not have to 'bid' it. we just give them a number and get the job.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:27 PM
woodlawnservice woodlawnservice is offline
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Right I understand that... this is how the company I'm working with does now.... that being said it was sheer luck I got in with them... through family connection...Im always looking to expand so how do u guys find new work....other than the companies u work with on everyday level...
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:36 PM
italianstallion69 italianstallion69 is offline
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we work with major national companies on a everyday basis. do you service oklahoma city?

the real problem for us isnt getting contracts its
1 getting good enough crews to execute far away contracts
2 retaining crew leaders. ive lost 2 to duis already. if you cant drive you are fired.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:33 PM
italianstallion69 italianstallion69 is offline
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woodlawn,

do you have
1 skid steer or tractor with fel?
2 mini ex to plant trees ?
3 how many crew?

let me know about oklahoma city if interested in work.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:41 PM
woodlawnservice woodlawnservice is offline
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1. Skid-yes
2.Mini- no we rent generally or depending on size of trees dig by hand
3.we generally run a crew of 3 but depending on work load that number goes up to 5.. laborers are easy to find.. skill is the hard part
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:51 PM
sgbotsford sgbotsford is offline
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I'm starting to phone each small municipality within reasonable driving distance. Find out who the buyer is. Invite them out to the tree farm.

We have a provincial tendering process for big jobs (I think $100,000 is the base) below that municipalities can tender locally, and for stuff below some minimum they can just buy it. I'm aiming for that bottom category -- the $1-5 K job. (I'm a one person operation.) But to do that, you ahve to know the guy on the ground.
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