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Page 60 of 75 | December 2017 61 J oe Palmer wasn't exactly your typical teen. Midway through his senior year in high school, Palmer took his savings from the many jobs he'd been working and bought a new set of wheels: a dump truck. With that truck and some com- pact equipment, Palmer started his company, doing hauling and light demolition. By the grand age of 19, he landed a few demolition jobs that he now describes as "kind of funky." "These were interior gutting jobs," he says, "and they were right up my alley. My machines were small enough to get in those places. At the time, they were too small for my competition." After a stint in the Army, Palmer went back to working, using the compact equipment with which he was familiar, and establishing McK- innley Excavating, using his middle name for the company moniker. He now does a variety of excava- tion, demolition and retaining-wall projects, including a number of resi- dential and commercial demolition jobs in nearby Gatlinburg after the contractor of the year finalist | by Marcia Gruver Doyle | Precision excavation, machine technology key to Chattanooga contractor's growth Joseph Palmer, McKinnley Excavating City, State: Chattanooga, Tennessee Year Started: 2002 Number of employees: 5 Annual revenue: $3 million to $5 million Markets served: Excavation, demolition and retaining walls

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