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Merchant Excavating Inc.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm       Phone: (989) 875-3691


Excavation equipment being operated.


We began as an excavating company, but quickly expanded from there. We offer many excavating services  which include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified installation of septic systems 

  • Basement installation excavation

  • Housing foundations work

  • Installation of sewer and water lines

  • Support for new well installation

  • The maintenance, repair, and replacement of water lines

  • Storm water and sanitary water retention

  • Footings and foundation excavation

  • Retention basins


Commercial Trucking

Unlike other owner-operator services, Merchant Excavating, Inc. is a Managed Trucking Service with a growing team of logistical specialists and drivers. Our drivers collectively have over 100 years of safe driving experience.


We primarily run throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. However, after recently adding sleepers to our fleet, we have expanded this territory to the Southeast and Southwest regions of the country but are always open to new opportunities and locations.


Our fleet consists of sleeper and day cab trucks, dry vans (53′ with swing doors), flatbed/conestoga (53′ with rolling tarp system), a lowboy trailer for oversized equipment hauling, and seasonal gravel trains.


Rates will differ based on various factors. Please contact our logistics team for rates or inquiries:

Repair Shop

Shop Repair 

We have state certified mechanics each specializing in their own area of expertise. With over 50 years of combined experience, they keep our fleet and several local customers’ equipment in top condition using state of the art diagnostic tools.

We offer numerous heavy duty equipment repair services including, but not limited to: 

  • Diagnostics

  • Diesel engines

  • Air brakes

  • Electrical

  • Hydraulics

  • Suspensions

  • Air systems

  • Batteries 

  • Fifth Wheel

  • Clutches

Company mission statement and information of the Company operations including a staff photo.


Mission Statement

Merchant Excavating, Inc. believes that the employees are the most important part of the operation. Merchant Excavating, Inc. continuously strives to create and maintain a working environment that promotes a positive, safe, and healthy work place.

At Merchant Excavating, Inc., it is our belief that all accidents are preventable, if our team is to accomplish the goal of zero accidents, the entire workforce must prescribe to the policies and philosophies contained within our handbook.

In addition, Merchant Excavating, Inc. being a service based company, and working as a contract company that requires our employees to work offsite at the location(s) of our customers, our employees shall not follow not only the policies of Merchant Excavating, Inc. as well as, the policies of the companies we represent and are contracted to work for.

Throughout this policy, the term workplace shall be understood that this includes, any place where business is conducted or performed under the contract name of Merchant Excavating, Inc.

About Us

In 1987 David Merchant founded the company under the name of Dave Merchant Excavating. Then, in 2004, the name was changed to Merchant Excavating, Inc. after Ed Taylor joined as co-owner. Ed expanded our services to include mechanical repairs on the company fleet. In 2008 our services expanded once again to include local manure hauling. 

The teamwork of our hard-working employees has allowed us to face and overcome hard setbacks; including a major rebuild after the catastrophic fire destroyed the company’s base in 2013. Two short years later in 2015, the hauling of commercial freight was added to our list of services with the final addition of mechanical repairs to public customers in 2016. Since then, Merchant Excavating, Inc. has thrived with other businesses in the community through their dedicated services.

Our Team

Staff photograph


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Why Drive with Merchant Excavating?

  • Home every week

  • Hourly pay, get paid while you sit!

  • Overtime paid after 40 hours at one and a half (1.5) times their hourly rate

  • Paid every Friday by direct deposit

  • Excellent benefits package (see below)

  • Paid holidays

  • Paid training

  • No touch freight

  • No seat slipping, unless you require repairs

  • No graveyard shifts

  • Company provided uniforms



Day 1:

  • Paid training

  • Employee referral bonus program

  • Employee Assistance Program offering counseling, legal/financial consultations, identity theft monitoring, child and eldercare referrals, well-being resources, and discount programs.

90 Days:

  • Health insurance (dental and vision included), offering a health savings account as a supplemental IRA with investment opportunities

  • 32 hours of paid Personal Care Leave (medical appointments made in advance)

  • paid holidays


1 Year:

  • 40 hours of paid time off

  • boot reimbursement program

  • short term disability

  • life insurance policy


Job Description:
Our company is currently interviewing company drivers, and/or owner operators to be dispatched out of Alma, Michigan.

Are you tired of waiting when you’re paid by the mile? Wasting your time trying to find loads? Tired of loading and unloading your own cargo? Doing your own maintenance? At Merchant Excavating, our drivers drive, and our support team will take care of the rest! We offer full benefits, competitive-hourly pay with overtime, consistent load assignments to keep you working with the benefit of being home every weekend and so much more!

At Merchant Excavating, you aren’t just another number. We’ve structured our program around open communication, respect, transparency, and giving you the tools to succeed because we want you to succeed with us!

Essential Functions:

  • Performs and logs pre-trip and post-trip inspections on equipment, reporting any defects found.

  • Safely transports freight to destinations while maintaining communication with dispatch.

  • Maintains transportation records including ELD, bill of ladings, scale tickets, fuel receipts and other load related paperwork.

  • Adheres to all operating instructions, all local, state, and federal regulations, established company procedures, and maintains equipment supplies.


Job Requirements:

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 1 year's recent driving experience with a Class A CDL.

  • Also, must be able to pass a D.O.T. medical examination and drug screening.

  • Candidates must be able to be dispatched out of Alma, Michigan.


Job Type: Full-time



  • $17.00 - $22.00 per hour (van trailer) 

  • $19.00 - $25.00 per hour (flatbed)


Expected hours: 40 – 60 per week

Contact Us


For any inquiries, general questions or recommendations, please call: (989) 875-3691 or fill out the following form.

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Home Office

4040 North State Road

Alma MI, 48801

Main Telephone: (989) 875-3691

Fax: (989) 875-7772

Logistics: (989) 388-0000

Repair Shop: (989) 875-0200

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm

E-Mail Us:

Owner: Ed Taylor

Owner: Dave Merchant

Office Manager: DeAnna Taylor


Repair Shop: Anthony Taylor


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