By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor
Rogers Group specializes in stone, paving and road construction. Elk Mountain specializes in excavating, grading and utilities, and is the largest supplier of topsoil and fill dirt in the region.
The two companies formed a working relationship almost 30 years ago, partnering on projects such as the Highlands Business Park, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Hormann and many projects at Tennessee Tech, including the new Recreation Center and the new science building.
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The planned retirement of Elk Mountain’s founder, Donnie Elkins, threatened the smooth working relationship that had developed over the years.
“We could partner with him on a package. We would provide the base and paving, and Donnie could provide all the grading, excavation and utility work,” said Rogers Group Vice-President Mike Holt. “We were able to package a product with Donnie Elkins and make a turnkey product – with the two companies combined, we could make a turnkey product for our customers.”
To maintain that turnkey package of services, Rogers Group decided to purchase Elk Mountain, further enhancing the services that the Rogers Group already provides.
“The only thing we’ve done is combine two companies into one making it turnkey for those same customers,” added Holt.
All 37 employees of Elk Mountain were offered positions at Rogers Group at their current pay rate, with a full benefits package including health insurance.
Elkins will remain as a consultant for the Rogers Group to help facilitate a seamless transition with all customers and vendors.
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