Local Business Owner Starts Career Early

Photographer / Jim Hunt

Morgan ExcavatingEthan Morgan, now owner of Morgan Excavating and a senior at Western High School, began his career early.

He says he already knows what he wants to do after high school, and has started his own successful business – Morgan Excavating LLC.

“The idea of starting Morgan Excavating kind of just came to me,” he says. “It’s always been my dream to own my own excavating business. My family owned an excavating business here in town for many years. I have always looked up to my late uncle Jack, who was the owner and operator of Feightner Excavating, ever since I could remember.”

Morgan says his family has been supportive of his business endeavor.

“My dad, Lucas, also played a huge role in all of it,” he adds. “When I was a kid, he used to take me to work with him at Feightner Excavating every chance he had. Ever since then, I have fallen in love with the business. My dad has taught me a lot of what I know, and is always there to answer any questions I have.”

Morgan has been busy scheduling work for 2021.

“With it being winter time, excavating has slowed down, but I’m still taking calls and scheduling for next spring,” Morgan says. “Right now, I’m actually working over in Lafayette, Indiana, for another excavating company while work is slow. I rent excavators, skid loaders, dump trailers, and any other big machinery I need to complete the job. I rent from a company here in town called American Tool. The guys up there are great, and they have great customer service.”

Morgan says his company does a variety of work.

“We do brush clearing, footers, dig swimming pools, sewer repairs, flatwork, concrete removal, stump removal, landscaping, and we are always open for a new task,” he says. “Hopefully, within the next couple of years I would like to get into demolition, basement digging, septic installation, water and sewer hookups, and snow removal.”

Morgan ExcavatingMorgan operates with a small staff.

“I’ve really only had one person helping me out besides myself,” he says. “My best friend, Alex Kirk, is always there when I call him to help. He’s truly one of the greatest friends I could ask for, and he always keeps me on my toes. He’s always up to help me out.”

Morgan says his teachers have also been a big help.

“I take the cooperative learning class that Western High School offers,” Morgan says, adding that he is always looking for new customers. “It’s work-based learning. In that class we also learn other valuable skills. We have learned how to write resumes, cover letters and many other things. I leave school at 10:45 a.m. every day and go straight to work.”

For more info on Morgan Excavating LLC, call 765-475-6528 or email morganexcavatingllc@gmail.com.

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