Our featured Design of the Week is McHugh Excavating and Plumbing, Inc, a heavy civil construction company from Onalaska, Wisconsin.
The concept of the shirt was to showcase their two primary areas of business, excavation, and trucking. McHugh’s HR Safety Director Steve Olson provided the initial concept and photos, and Excel’s artist Dean Dymerski drew the illustrations.
McHugh Excavating 2019 Company Photo
Founded in 1976 by Daniel McHugh, the company performs a wide variety of projects across Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, including water and sewer utilities, excavating and grading, trucking, lift stations, wastewater treatment plants, tank removal, and helical pile installation.
Growing up with the business, Daniel’s son Dean worked with McHugh Excavating and Plumbing. “I worked my way through high school and college summers here in the 1980s,” says Dean, “washing trucks, minor vehicle maintenance, and as a laborer.”
A few years after college, Dean returned as Controller and Project Manager, eventually taking over the business as President in 2005 before finally becoming the sole owner of the company in 2017.
McHugh employees engaged in excavator training
Since taking over the company, Dean regularly stresses their 13 Core Values and holds an annual Season Kick-Off and Safety Day. This is an all-day event where the company is able to focus their teams for the new year, and also an opportunity for Dean to distribute new company apparel.
“Each year we give the employees some type of company apparel,” writes Dean. “T-shirt, jacket, polo shirt, sweatshirt, quarter zip pullover, etc.” McHugh has also ordered high-visibility safety shirts in the past, colors like Safety Green and Safety Orange that are designed to keep their employees seen while on site.
This year’s shirt features one of their Mack quad axle dump trucks and an excavator at work on a job site. The red of the truck, yellow of the excavator, and the orange of the beautiful Wisconsin sky really make the design stand out on the grey shirts.
“They look AWESOME,” writes McHugh of this year’s shirt. “It was super easy to explain what we wanted, provide some basic photos, and let your team go to work. Excel did a great job of turning our vision into reality.”
“These shirts are nicer,” says Dean, “And I expect the guys will wear these more as an off-hours personal item. We ordered extras, so we will probably give some to customers as well.”