While the Moss name has decades of utilities experience and history behind it around the DFW area, Garrett Moss, President of Moss Utilities, still had to start from the ground up.
Garrett’s grandfather was a general superintendent at Cullum Construction in the 1980s. His grandfather worked in the same industry. As is common in construction, Garrett’s father, R.H. “Hal” Moss, followed in his dad’s footsteps and went to work in the utility world too. In 1989, Garrett’s father thought he could start his own business, and Moss Construction Co., Inc. began.
To start, Moss only poured sewer manholes for other utility contractors, but soon Hal’s brothers Mark, Brad and father Ted came and joined the company. The new construction business saw early success as the economy came out of recession.
During the ’90s and early 2000s while Garrett was growing up, Moss Construction was very successful and became one of the best and largest utility contractors in DFW. Garrett, like his father and his father before him, naturally assumed he’d one day work in the family business.
Unfortunately, when the economic troubles of 2008 arrived, Moss Construction was ill-prepared for an enormous downturn, and the company eventually closed on Dec. 31, 2008.
During these tough years, Garrett was in the middle of his college education at The University of Texas. After seeing what catastrophic economic and personal loss could do to a family, he thought he’d pursue a career outside of construction. Despite his best shot at trying a few other things, God’s hand had other plans and circumstances brought him back to the utility construction industry.
While working for some other companies, Garrett watched other businesses closely while always having a desire in his heart to be an entrepreneur. He studied the other companies and realized they were really missing the mark on how they treated people. He had a vision for something different and better, built on integrity and ethical values.
Although Moss Construction was forced to shut its doors, the Moss name still had an extraordinary reputation in the DFW area, so he chose to run with the Moss name once again as Moss Utilities.
Moss Utilities began with the first project in October of 2016. Aiming for a slow start, the business surprisingly took off at almost an unsustainable rate thanks to the Moss reputation, their focus on their amazing people, and incredible attention to customer service.
Moss wants everyone to genuinely enjoy working here. They believe if they take care of people -- by providing them with an amazing work environment, culture, and opportunities for growth-- they’ll take great care of their clients.
Even though the ride hasn’t always been a smooth one, Moss knows that living and operating our business by our core values will win in the long term. Not only is it good business, but it’s the right thing to do.