Simondale Excavating is doing an excellent job of leveling some ground on a hillside. If you need any excavation work in the Altoona/Tyrone/Huntingdon/State College area (or nearby), do not hesitate to call Jim or Matt at (814) 632-8590.
Upon meeting Jim Simondale and Matt Simondale, I was very impressed by their knowledge, demeanor, and interest in my project. I met with them 3 times on site prior to starting this project, and every detail has been covered as discussed.
This may seem like a small thing, but I appreciated that all of their equipment (trucks, excavators, bull dozers, etc…) were newer models, very well maintained, clean (as is reasonable), and had their logo painted neatly across. All signs of being professional.
[As I understand it, they are also do quite a number of septic systems and sand mounds.]
Update: June 2011: Matt and Jim and their crew came out again and did another whole round of grading, moving, and excavating. They built and/or surfaced over 1/4 mile of slate covered roads, dug a pond, corrected some frost damage to earthen banks, and made everything really nice. I thought the price estimate was very fair, and they came in dead on, despite doing a number of extras. Here is an updated photo:
Outstanding view from the top of the hill.
See how nice the grading of the bank is? All done with the large excavator pictured above.