September, 1960, Charles W. O'Neill, also
known as C. W. or Chick, founded O'Neill Excavating
in Columbus, Ohio. He was an ex-World War II paratrooper
and a former minor league baseball pitcher.
one daughter and five sons, C. W. thought it was
time for a career change. He had just finished
a two year employment engagement at North American
Rockwell and was selling antibiotics to the agricultural
industry when he decided to try business on his
own. He had had experience selling backhoes, so
it was a logical fit for him.
started out with an antiquated Henry backhoe and
graduated to International Harvester machines.
From there, he acquired Case backhoes. He began
his career installing water and gas lines for
builders in the booming Columbus residential market.
C. W. would keep his schedule on the back of a
match book cover or on a napkin from the local
diner. His accounts receivable were kept in his
head, some collected, some not. Since he had not
yet invested in a truck or trailer, Chick was
often seen driving his backhoe from job to job.
C. W. passed away in 1999, his eldest son, Mike,
continued at the helm. By pursuing the firm's
niche market and adhering to Chick's core values,
the business has prospered. Its asset base has
grown to twelve pieces of heavy equipment with
thousands of satisfied customers along with a
multitude of successfully completed projects.