While today RAWSO has the muscle to build anything from commercial developments to Tennessee Department of Transportation projects to airport runways, we started out small—just one man, a good wife, and a skid steer.
In 2012, Dylan Stephens was fed up with his construction job. And his wife was fed up with hearing about it. She told him to either stop complaining or do something about it. And that’s when RAWSO was born. Dylan worked for contractors around the Southeast throughout and after college. While each job gave him responsibility over massive projects, he grew tired of the “construction as usual” mentality. As he worked full time, Dylan financed a skid steer and graded driveways on weekends. After he quit his full-time construction job, he forced himself to make the part-time skid steer work into a heavy civil construction company that today is RAWSO Constructors.
RAWSO (a combination of Dylan’s kids’ names Rawley and Sophi) quickly grew into much more than a one-man-show as we started to take on more significant development and public works projects. From the beginning, we’ve heavily invested in the best people, latest project management software, GPS, and equipment to help our people “build better” for our customers.
While production is paramount, RAWSO spends much more time focused on culture and treating people right. It’s not full-bore seven days a week every week here. We take pride in getting our work done M-F, but we also love to spend time with our families. You won’t find any secrets at RAWSO, either. We work hard, build each job right the first time, and take responsibility for all outcomes. It’s that simple.
We’re happy with how far we’ve come, but we’re hungry for a whole lot more. Thanks to our teams in the field and office, we’re continually improving and are incredibly excited about our future. We’d obviously still be going driveway to driveway with a single skid steer if it weren’t for our dedicated team.