Amy Jo Parish
There is a saying, “Give a man soil and he will prosper.” Gino Costello has taken that to heart this past year, sinking his shovel into the ground and opening his own business — Xact Excavating in Olivet.
For some, the summer after high school graduation is a time of celebration. When Costello graduated from Bellevue High School last year, it was time to get busy. His odd jobs with dirt and equipment while still in school helped him to prepare to branch out on his own.
His optimism and work ethic are apparent when Costello speaks about his business, and it is those qualities that have helped the business grow.
Once customers experienced the quality and care he takes with the work, Costello said word of mouth brought in more and more jobs. What started as a few jobs on the side grew into a business all its own.
With the help of co-founder Brad Shrontz of Shrontz Trucking, Costello’s business has continued to grow since it opened, and Costello could not be more pleased.
“It has been pretty awesome, how it’s going so far,” said Costello.
From excavating, site work, ice and snow removal and even hauling, there is a long list of services that can be found at Xact Excavating.
The business gives Costello the chance to combine two things he really enjoys — working with equipment and working with people.
“I love working with people, and I think the best thing for me is that I get to do the whole job,” said Costello. “You get to see a project come together from beginning to end.”
The most surprising aspect, however, has been for the customers, not the young entrepreneur.
“My age surprises people. They sometimes aren’t sure at the start if I can do the job, but at the end, they say, ‘wow, you actually can.’”
For Costello, reading blueprints is like reading a book, and he looks forward to working in the dirt for years to come. His eagerness to learn has been a key part of his success thus far and helps him stay on top of new trends in the industry.
“I’m always trying to figure something out to make us better than the competition,” he explained.
For more information about Xact Excavating, visit the company online at xactexcavating.com. Xact Excavating is located at 22105 T Drive North in Olivet. Costello can be reached at 517-706-1563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.