“Komatsu checked all of our boxes”
Everett Dykes Grassing Co., Inc. has evolved
with the heavy highway and asphalt paving
industry. Everett Dykes started the company
in 1961 with a focus on erosion control – or
grassing as it was called then – around the
newly constructed highways in central Georgia.
Once those roads were completed, the emphasis
changed to include surface treatment work,
such as slurry seal and soil cement. Eventually
the business grew into an asphalt company that
performs light grading, asphalt laydown and
“We’ve done a little bit of everything, except
for bridges,” said Everett’s son, Van Dykes.
“Dad started off with a small grassing company,
and today we have 130 employees and handle
some large projects. It’s been a fun life.”
Van and his brother, Ricky, took over the
company in 1989 when Everett passed away.
In 2011, they sold the business to Construction
Partners Incorporated (CPI), a construction
management firm that owns several companies
throughout the Southeast. The firm continues
to do asphalt and surface-treatment projects in
southern Georgia and South Carolina under
the Everett Dykes Grassing name. The brothers’
presence is still felt at the firm, as both serve as
“Ricky and I stay involved – but we get to
wear shorts and sandals to the office now,” joked
Van. “Last year, we promoted Steve Raffield
to President. He’s been with us forever, and
he’s doing a great job. We have so many terrific
people, and that’s been key to our success.”
Today, Everett Dykes Grassing has three
asphalt plants and a pair of soil cement plants.
The bulk of the company’s work occurs in a
60-mile radius of their asphalt plants in Surrency,
Oak Park and Cary. The facilities make five
different grades of asphalt and combined to
produce 270,000 tons of asphalt last year.
Successfully managing projects is a hallmark
of Everett Dykes Grassing, and two of their
recent assignments are shining examples of that.
The first was a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 16
in Georgia. This effort saw the company mill
120 lane miles of shoulders, reclaim the soil
cement base and complete nearly 1.1 million
square yards of cement-treated base.
“The I-16 project was a great one for us,” said
Steve. “We removed the existing material, mixed
cement in the sub grade and finished it for plain
cement concrete. We started in late 2012 and
finished in 2015. It was a large job, but we were
able to perform on it.”
The company’s full array of services was on
display at the Eastman Bypass job in Dodge
County, Ga., as it handled the grading and laid
the soil cement base as well as the asphalt on
a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of roadway. The
two-year project also earned Everett Dykes
Grassing some flashy hardware.
“Each year the state of Georgia presents a
smoothness award for paving projects, and
we won the asphalt award for the Eastman
Bypass,” said Steve. “It was another solid effort
for us. It was new construction, so we were
able to control most of the job on our own,
which helped. We did it all with the exception
of the specialty items, such as guardrails
This year the company is busy with another
massive undertaking, the $23-million Cochran
Bypass widening. The six-mile project is a
bridge and railroad overpass. Everett Dykes
Grassing will widen the existing roadway and
do the grading, base and asphalt work.
TEC, Wirtgen Group and Komatsu
When it comes to building a fleet to handle
those large projects, Everett Dykes Grassing
turns to Tractor & Equipment Company (TEC)
and Vice President, Regional Sales Manager
Tony Daughtry for Wirtgen Group products,
Komatsu machines, Etnyre equipment and
“We consider TEC a partner in our business,”
stated Steve. “Tractor Equipment holds itself
to a higher standard. Its sales and service are
phenomenal, and it’s a pleasure to work with
On road projects, Everett Dykes Grassing
crews run Vögele 5203-2 pavers and Wirtgen
WR 2400 cold recyclers.
“Our operators love the Vögele pavers,” shared
Steve. “They give excellent rides and they hold
up. One of our crews has been using the same
paver for six years. We’ve laid a lot of asphalt
with them, including the Eastman Bypass.
“The same goes for our Wirtgen milling
machines,” he added. “We’ve been using them
for 20 years, and they continue to produce. They
do a lot for us, and we can depend on them.
That’s valuable to us.”
Everett Dykes Grassing also deploys a fleet
of Komatsu equipment to its assignments. The
company has a PC290LC excavator, two D39PX
dozers and a WA200 wheel loader.
“We purchased the PC290 in 2016 after we
stacked it up against the competitors,” explained
Raffield. “Our operators preferred it over
everything else. Load times, ease of operation,
comfort – Komatsu checked all of our boxes.
“Our dozers have been awesome for us
as well,” he continued. “We’ve had them for
10 years, and they continue to perform. We use
our wheel loader to load trucks, and it’s fantastic.
Overall, we’re extremely happy with our
As Everett Dykes Grassing continues to grow
and tackle new projects, it is a safe bet that TEC
will remain a trusted partner.
“We’ve had a very positive relationship
with TEC and Tony for many years,” said
Van. “The support we receive from them is
outstanding. Anyone can sell a machine, but
we appreciate that TEC continues to go above
and beyond for us after the sale.”
“If we have an issue, TEC steps up and
handles it quickly,” added Ricky.
Everett Dykes Grassing has enjoyed success
throughout its 56 years of operation, and
the company's leaders are confident about a
future that appears to be even brighter.
“We’ve built a solid reputation, and we
are in a great position now to see even more
success in the coming years,” noted Steve.
“In our location, especially, there are some
factors that make us optimistic. We are in a
rural area, and there are a lot of lane miles
that need maintenance work. Thankfully,
our state and local representatives have
passed measures to ensure that those jobs get
done. There is plenty of work and now there
is a budget to complete it, which is just as
To meet the needs of a growing job list, the
company has begun to recruit and expand.
Last summer, it added a new, full-time
surface treatment crew of 15 employees and
anticipates hiring more qualified personnel.
“We are fortunate to have such a great
group of employees; we have some of the best
people in the business on staff,” said Steve.
“We hope to be able to keep bringing in good
people to work here. Technology has changed
some things, but I think that is going to help
us attract the younger generation.”
Recruiting and retaining quality employees
has been a key part of Everett Dykes Grassing
since 1961, and Ricky and Van plan to stick
around to make sure that continues.
“We have a group of young people coming
up in the organization who will keep us
strong,” predicted Van. “Ricky and I are
going to be here for a while – we’re invested
in seeing the new generation succeed.”