Coulson Excavating is a premiere asphalt paving contractor formed in Northern Colorado in 1949 by C.H. Coulson. In addition to asphalt paving services, the company has additional divisions improve underground utilities and conduct earthmoving operations throughout the region. Coulson Excavating Co. is owned and operated by three generations of the family who all reside near Loveland, Colo.
Coulson Excavating Co. has operated as the prime contractor on as much as 70 percent of all projects in the region. Though it primarily focuses on Northern Colorado, the company has expanded westward to accommodate the needs of Estes Park and flood-damaged regions in between. Occasionally, the company expands its territory to include projects near Denver International Airport or near the Wyoming border. The Colorado Department of Transportation accounts for nearly 65 percent of Coulson Excavating’s annual revenue, with the remainder generated through work with local municipalities and residential developers.
Coulson Excavating Co. owns and operates two asphalt/crushing plants in the Loveland area. Historically, these embedded locations have limited Coulson’s hauling distances and optimized competitiveness in the surrounding communities they have served. Outside material sales account for about 10 percent of the volume produced. The material is typically sold to city, county and private parties.
Ties to the Community
Over the years, Coulson has demonstrated its commitment to the Northern Colorado community in many ways. After the 2013 flooding that closed major roadways throughout Northern Colorado, Coulson and two other contracting companies worked tirelessly six days a week, often 16-hour days, to reopen roads to traffic, an effort that was recognized by the Larimer County engineer. (See Denver Post and The Loveland Reporter-Herald, December 7, 2013).