It is the mission of DIG-IT, INC. to provide quality service, by excellent organization and training.
As stewards we promise to not only serve our customers, but our employees as well.
In 1994, Dan Swift established DIG-IT INC. in Hastings, Michigan. Dan had been in the underground telecommunications business since 1974. His goal was to create a company that embodied his values of hard work, quality workmanship, and service while installing an array of products for municipalities, pipeline, utilities, and telecommunications companies.
Since 1994, DIG-IT- INC. has experienced tremendous growth beginning with 6 employees and 6 pieces of equipment. We are now composed of almost 30 employees, 5 directional drills, and a fleet of over 50 pieces of equipment consisting of 18 trucks, 22 trailers, and various other heavy machines. This growth has allowed DIG-IT INC.. to become a leader within the underground utilities and telecommunications marketplace and service Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes Region.
Dan started in the industry as a teen-ager working for his father's company "Swift Excavating". With over 40 years in the industry Dan has seen every type of job. Dan's insight is invaluable in evaluating difficult projects, and serves as an advisor to the DIG-IT administrative team. Dan retired at the end of 2016.
Chief Executive Officer
John is the CEO at DIG-IT, INC. and has served in that role since 2012. Prior to becoming the CEO, John was the CFO at DIG-IT.
With over a decade in banking and bank management, John has been a key advocate and architect on implementing programs that enhanced DIG-IT's compliance, safety, training, as well as human resources
John holds two masters degrees in business. One is an MS in Management, and the other is a Masters of Business Administration.
John is the current President of the Great Lakes Trenchless Association, and became President of the organization in 2016.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Joshua has been the President of DIG-IT, INC. since 2013. Joshua's main responsibilities include but are
not limited to bidding, reviewing contracts, and direct management of administration team.
Joshua has been in the underground industry since 2001, and he began his career with DIG-IT in 2004.
Prior to working at DIG-IT, Joshua had a stint at Key Energy Services (Marion, Ml) working as a Derig hand at gas/ oil reserves and at B&G Roustubout Company (Buffalo, WY) Installing natural gas pipeline.
Joshua has held numerous roles at DIG-IT, INC. prior to becoming the President including V.P. of Operations, Project Manager, Directional Drill Operator, and General Laborer.
Joshua is also a board member of the Telecommunications association of Michigan.
Superintendent for North & South Carolina
Richard has joined the team at Dig-it Inc. as a Superintendent in the North/South Carolina area. He brings with him 20+ years of drilling knowledge.
After spending 4 years in the USMC, Richard began working in the fall of 1996 as a laborer with an underground utility company. His drive, hard work, and good work ethic were quickly recognized, and he was given the opportunity to train and become a directional driller. Richard faced all challenges head on and paid close attention to detail. Because of this, he became a crew foreman after just two years.
While working as a crew foreman, Richard obtained extensive experience in various underground utility installations while traveling all over the United States. He also did some high-profile government work in a nuclear power plant.
After 15 years in the underground industry, Richard took on the role as a field supervisor, where he has led small to large projects. As someone who understands all levels of the construction process, Richard strives to build good relationships with his customers and works hard to maintain a zero tolerance safety program.
Michigan HDD Superintendent
Corey has been with Dig-It Inc. for 9 years. He has been involved in every facet of our field operations, starting out as laborer and over time transitioning to an operator, locator, and a vac truck operator. He has operated on some of our bigger projects including running a Vermeer 100x120 pulling a 2,300' continuous shot of 6" steel gas main, and also operating a Vermeer 60x90 pulling an 800' continuous shot of 14" HDPE. He has an extensive background in fiber builds for various telecommunication companies throughout the state of Michigan and also has experience in hydro-excavation.
Corey completed the Train the Evaluator course in February 2017 at the Midwest Energy Association headquarters.
With over a decade of experience at DIG-IT, Ben has served in numerous roles including, Laborer, Directional Drill Operator, Locator, Crew Leader, as well as being the Safety Manager beginning in 2014.
Ben has taken his role seriously as he has vastly grown our Operators Qualification program, employee training and orientation program as well as assisting in developing in new systems to assist DIG-IT to become more efficient and safer.
Ben is COSS certified, as well as "Evaluate the Evaluator" trained by the Midwest Energy Association.
VP of Finance and Administration
Kikki is a key component to DIG-IT's financial team. Kikki has over a decade of experience in both banking and the insurance industries in a vast number of positions. She is well rounded in understanding key administrative roles in accounting, finance, and insurance needs.
Kikki holds a B.S degree in business administration.
Robert has been in the HDD industry since 1997. He started as a laborer at a company installing CATV and quickly advanced to the position of operator through a strong work ethic and showing his understanding of the processes.
After 3 years he advanced to the position of Crew leader and traveled throughout the U.S. installing a wide range of utilities from telecommunications in California to water and sewer in Florida and Nebraska to pipeline in the Dakotas during the oil boom.
Robert served as crew leader with Dig-It for four years before taking a Field Supervisor position at a large telecommunications corporation. He is thrilled to be back in the Dig-It family, helping to grow and streamline operations in the Carolinas.