Hank Williams and his wife Stephanie recently celebrated a big birthday. Their business, Williams Construction, turned 30 in September.
“It seems crazy that it’s been that long, but that’s where we are at,” Hank Williams said. “It’s a milestone, no doubt about it.”
For those who don’t know, the business operates as an excavating contractor.
“We do everything from residential and commercial work, to deep water and sewer in city streets,” Williams said. “And we are also a material supplier, with regard to gravel and ready-mix.”
(Williams Construction is the only privately-owned supplier of gravel and ready-mix concrete in the area.)
Williams said he didn’t grow up in the construction business. His father worked for Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and Colorado Ute Electric in Nucla. He had one grandfather who was a logger and miner; the other was an amputee.
Though he said his family definitely comes from humble origins, he said he always felt happy — and proud to come from a lineage of good, strong people.
“I don’t have much of an education,” he said. “I give my father credit. He taught me how to shake hands and look someone in the eye. He taught me about honesty.”
Williams takes his business seriously. For him, it’s about performing well and offering the best quality and service he can.
Here in Norwood, people may be surprised at just how far the local company has traveled over the years.
Back in Telluride’s construction boom — at the turn of the century after the year 2,000 — the business worked rather heavily in the local area. Since then, Williams Construction has worked in various other places: all over southwestern Colorado, including Durango, but up north, too, in places like Craig, Colorado and in the oil fields east of Greeley.
Now, the company even has dozers working in west Texas.
Williams Construction is 100 percent family-owned — something Williams said he and his wife are proud of — though Williams said he has employees that are so great you’d think they had part ownership.
Currently the business supports roughly 80 employees.
It has always, since its establishment, been headquartered in Norwood.
Giving back to the local community is something the Williams family values. Over the years, their business has supported the San Miguel Basin 4-H livestock program, the annual fair and rodeo and everything from sports to academics at Norwood School.
“We do the best we can,” he said. “That’s part of what you do when you live in a small town. We try to support all that.”
And, the business has also supported Hank and Stephanie Williams in raising two daughters of their own. Harlie and Jordan Williams, now grown, are looking into business careers of their own.
Will they join the family business and carry on their parents’ work?
Williams said the company would always have a place for his daughters. Still, he said that he and his wife are encouraging the girls to also find their own dreams.