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Billy Chromy poses with his dozer on a job clearing and replenishing a pasture north of North Bend. What was once a side job on his own farm now takes him across the state.

Standing C more than excavating

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/17/22

It started out as a tool to get things done around the farm. It has grown into a venture that has taken owner Billy Chromy throughout the state and made him a featured speaker at seminars.

Chromy, a Morse Bluff native, started Standing C Excavating 10 years ago after purchasing an excavator after moving back home and settling near the family farm between Morse Bluff and Linwood.

His path home was circuitous and adventurous. After graduating from NBC in 1998, he joined the Navy and served as an MP. Then he went to college and ran track at the University of South Dakota, graduating in 2007 with degrees in psychology and criminal justice. He worked as a ranger and conservation tech in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska. He worked as a cowboy at the UNL feed lots.

But it was a job as a livestock manager on a living history farm in the middle of the Kansas City suburbs that opened his eyes. That was where he first operated a backhoe.

“That job showed me if you want to do something, you just do it,” Chromy said. “You don’t have to know how to do it before you start.”
So when he moved back to Morse Bluff to work on the farm, he wasn’t afraid to try things.

He bought his first excavator just to do some work on his own farm to remove some trees and brush and expand fields. He figured if he could do some work for friends and neighbors for 10 days a year, he could make the payment on the excavator.

“I strictly saw this as just an ag venture,” Chromy said. “Then I thought, it’s pretty easy to make 10 days, so let’s make 20 days. Twenty became 30 and all of sudden we needed another machine to clean up behind the first to get a little more finished product.”

 

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