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Meet Jake Pettes of JPC Excavation & Septic in Rutland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Pettes.

Jake, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My Story started at Ground Control Corporation in a little town called Sterling Massachusetts. I was “broken in” on the construction/excavation field as a ground grunt a laborer master of the shovel or commonly known as a “go -for” where the foreman would bark at you to go for this or go for that. I was working along lifetime members of the old school academy and the lessons that I learned from them you can’t get in college.

Speaking of college while working at Ground Control Corporation I also was a full-time student at New England Institute of Technology where I studied building construction and I achieved my Associate’s degree. I never ended up in the building construction trade, but I will say that the two years of higher education and the business classes that came along with that higher education was very beneficial to me later on in life.

My next journey was at TMC Environmental. It is an environmental management company servicing the New England area responding to customer’s environmental issues which are regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), this was my first big-time job after college. I was a young foreman at age 21 implemented project plans in the field from direction provided by Operations and Project Managers. I also, communicated job status and field changes to Project and Operation Managers accordingly. Led daily toolbox safety briefings. Participated as a member of the company’s Emergency Spill Response Team contracted to MassPort.

Eric Stuart, my good friend and ex-co-worker from Ground Control Corporation started his own business called ESI Septic and Excavating Services which was a residential excavation company that specializes in foundation, water/sewer tie-in, underground utilities, repairs, and septic system installation. In my middle Twenties I was responsible for:

• Customer Relations, directly interfacing with customers, responding to questions or concerns;
• Job estimating and quotation preparation;
• System design including compliance with all applicable regulations;
• System installation, including operating all heavy equipment;
• General duties associated with running the business.

I started working for Eric and then became a partner of the company, but sadly as we know our partnership like most partnerships did not last BUT I will say that we are still great friends and that is rare in these relationship breakups. Eric is a mentor and is like an older brother to me and I value that very much.

After the Partnership ended I landed at Peterson Oil of Worcester, Massachusetts which is a full-service oil company in late 2009. The economy was in the tank and I was left with nothing. I worked there as a worker bee for 3-4 years after the fallout of my business partnership working 80-90 hour work weeks hauling a Class A tanker for gas and oil in and out of terminals located in Chelsea, Revere, Quincy and Providence Rhode Island.

I can’t say much positive about my place of employment at the time and with no lost love for the matriarch of the company also known as the oil baron. I will say this that the people next to me on a whole were great people who truly cared about the workmanship they provided and unfortunately with the ownership mistakes a lot of good men and women walked away from that company and was truly a life lesson for me to know not to make those kinds of mistakes in my future.

Until One Day, I decided to make the jump. One day I caught a break, I had the opportunity to get back into the game back into business again, this time it was going to be right. I was going to represent who I am in business form.

I have been back in business for just under three years and I won’t look back I don’t want to go back to the real world, I want to continue being the master of my ship and the compass of my company.

My Moto is simple don’t worry about the small stuff and help people. I don’t pay people to advertise, people advertise for me for free. How do I do that? I help them. People remember when you go out of your way to help them, they ask what can I do for you, do you want money?

That’s when I Tell them:

“Tell somebody about me” if you have the opportunity and it arises and I fit the bill.”

“Take care of clients by presenting the full scope of work from start to finish no surprises.”

“The idea of trading services for money has been around for a long time. We trade our customers problems for solutions, not just services.”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I lost everything in my business partnership that I invested in and thought it was going to flourish.

JPCExcavation & Septic – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Installing and/or repairing septic systems
Title 5 septic system inspection

Approved by the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection for Title 5 inspection services.

I am one of the most experienced and reputed providers of septic system services in the North Central region.

From Start to Finish, your project can be managed by JPC for a seamless and painless installation.

Why Choose Us?

In the field Since 1999
Competitive Rates
Exceptional Customer Service
Care for well being of customers


Massachusetts Title 5 Septic System Inspection.
Septic System design
Septic Installation
Septic System Repair
Erosion Control
Drainage solutions
Water and Sewer Connections
Natural Boulder Retaining walls
Residential excavation

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
My Proudest moment was bouncing back from losing everything in a business partnership putting my head down and being persistent in building myself back up into being a business owner not only getting back what I lost but then achieving so much more.

Always have a to-do list always add to that list and subtract to that list every day and you will achieve success.

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