. . . when Gus Bales moved from Virginia after a stint in the Navy and married local girl Anna Leh. His first enterprise was the purchase of 250 acres of property and a lumber mill. With the money earned from timber and selling off the land, Gus started an excavating company which grew over time and became the only company in the area with enough machinery and employees to take on the really large jobs.
In 1985, his son, Carl branched out on his own with only a Ford 2wd backhoe. While his wife Rita raised a family and did all the office work while also holding a job at the Caloric factory, Carl worked 14-hour days every day of the week bidding jobs, billing the work, and using his skill with a backhoe.
While other companies sought the bigger projects, Carl concentrated on the smaller ones, earning a reputation for his skill, reliability and honesty. With the help of his son Carl "Junior" the company began to expand. In 1993 Carl's brother Dicky joined the crew. Though the company has grown beyond the days when all work was done with a single backhoe, Carl Bales Excavating remains true to its beginnings. It's still a family business rooted in the community and a job digging a water line for a neighbor down the street is just as important as the truck depot for National Freight Industries.
Carl Bales Excavating - Reshaping Pennsylvaniawith the care and respect the land deserves.