Cole Blankenship

Erosion Labor

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Q: What is your job title with Southern Site? What are your main challenges and responsibilities?

A: I started working here in early 2019. I’m an erosion control tech, so I install and maintain erosion control measures. Those usually include installing and repairing silt fence and Siltworm, along with changing drain bags and scraping streets.


The challenges I face are mostly related to the weather. When it rains, the ground gets all wet, and I have to walk around with ten pounds of mud on my boots. That’s always fun.


Q: What were you up to in your career before joining Southern Site?

A: I worked at a prison fresh out of high school. After that, I got into framing. I did framing for most of my career before I came to Southern Site, other than a couple of factory jobs.


Q: What do you like about your job? What sets Southern Site apart from other companies you’ve worked for?

A: Most of all, I like the people I work with. They make Southern Site a really laid-back place to work. It’s an awesome culture here. The people around you are always willing to help. Also, the employees actually matter to them. You’re more than just a number.


If you’re sick and you need a day off, or if you’re late to work because you got a flat tire, they don’t blow up those small things into big deals. Personally, I think this is the best place I’ve ever worked.


Q: How do you think construction companies could do a better job of recruiting young people?

A: I know a lot of younger people don’t like working in construction because they think it’s a career for older people. When I first started at Southern Site, I thought I was going to be working with a bunch of 45- or 50-year-old men. I was surprised when I saw that there were people in their 20s here. Maybe the industry needs to let young people know that it’s not only for middle-aged people.


Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

A: I farm in my free time. I live on a farm, and I consider it to be my second job. I have goats, chickens, cows, and horses.

Want to work alongside us?

We’re always on the lookout for more good humans to add to our team. Whether you’re young and ambitious or experienced and looking for a chance, let’s see if we’re the right fit for one another!