Contractor at Work
Iowa drainage contractor highlighted in LICA’s member spotlight
By Iowa LICA
By Iowa LICA
This article was first published in Iowa’s Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) April newsletter.
Advanced Tiling and Trenching is a full-service land improvement contractor, specializing in farm drainage and water management. Located in Wellman, Iowa, Advanced serves customers in Eastern Iowa, and nationally.
“We’re a family-run business, passionate about serving the agriculture and commercial communities throughout Iowa,” says owner, Alyssa Yoder. A fourth generation conservation contractor, Yoder says her favorite aspect of the business is working with her family to provide quality conservation practices to her customers.
“We all enjoy the opportunity to be outdoors, working on projects that will benefit generations to come.” Yoder says the multi-generational approach modelled in her own business helps Advanced serve its customers in the best way possible.
Her father, Shaun Yoder, who manages all of Advanced’s projects, says, “As contractors in a society of rapid change, we have to be quick to adapt our practices to serve an ever-changing customer base. We are in the business of customer service, and the best way we can serve our customers is to provide them with cutting-edge practices that put bushels in their bins and provide clean water for their neighbors.”
“We are in the business of customer service, and the best way we can serve our customers is to provide them with cutting-edge practices that put bushels in their bins and provide clean water for their neighbors.”
LICA involvement is part of Yoder’s family history. Her great-grandfather, Roy L. Yoder, was one of the original members of Iowa LICA. Over the years,Yoder acknowledges LICAs role in keeping land improvement contractors up-to-date on new best practices and regulations.
She encourages other contractors to participate in their local LICA chapters: “You get out of the association what you put into it, and your involvement is important for future conservation contractors. Get to know your fellow contractors and agency leaders.” Alyssa currently serves as the SW District Vice President.
Yoder’s advice to new contractors is, “Build strong relationships with your customers, maintain your good relationship with your family, and always remember the people who taught you about the industry, because you didn’t get to where you are on your own.”