August Chamber Member of the Month
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize our newest Chamber Member, Meyer Grading.
Current owner Tyson Meyer started his business in September of 2017 in Hordville, Nebraska and has decided this year they wanted to join the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Meyer Grading offers many services including rough and finish grading, pasture fence, drainage products and install.
Meyer says they also can offer services like drill, broadcast, hydroseeding, sod install, food plot seeding, and rototilling. They also sell a variety of drainage product brands from channel drains to pop ups, and even agricultural drain tile for French drains depending on the application.
Meyer said that he first got into the grading business by working for McNaught Grading in 2001.
"I worked Hamilton county and surrounding area, then I believe in 2003 we merged with Turf Pro and I was the grading foreman on the Lincoln division. I went on to find other work in 2006 joining BNSF Railway always doing a few small projects every year. Then in 2017 I decided to take it to the next level and start my own business," Meyer said.
Meyer says that a typical day on the job is anything but typical as every property is unique.
"If it's a lake project on average I move out about 800 yards of sand and a lot require 900-1200 yards of black dirt brought in and graded," Meyer said. "A drainage project a lot of times I have to take a second look and really draw multiple ideas that will be the most efficient but cost effective for the customer. If it is a fencing project bring lots of water, bug spray and depending on how many posts you tamp in be prepared to not feel your arms the next day."
He says the hardest part of his job is hand work. "It's not much fun and I don't get any younger."
But with all the hard work, Meyer says the best days are when he meets new people and get to lay out a new project with the customer.
"It's always fun to be in the design side or if it's a drainage issue to be able to call them after the work is completed and a rain event has happened that the problem was resolved," Meyer said.
Although the business is still young there is a rich history behind the owner of Meyer Grading.
"My great grandfather Raymond Stunkels mother's wedding dress is at the plainsman museum. My grandfather Ralph Peters was the Hamilton County cattle feeders association president from 1969-1970. My mother Deb Meyer still lives at the farm my great great grandfather homesteaded in 1900."
Currently, Tyson lives south of Hordville with his wife Erin and 2 girls Kinley and Regan.
But grading is not the only business he over sees.
"If anyone is wondering what the logo of the buffalo is on my business we have a DBA Cedar View Bison that we raise buffalo and have been doing for about 7 years."
Meyer says his favorite part of Aurora is the small town values and community pride.
For more information about Meyer Grading, check them out on auroranebraska.com under the business directory.