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About Us2019-06-25T17:42:44+00:00

History

Verdeterre is a full-service site earthwork and site utility company specializing in commercial, retail, institutional and industrial contracting. Founded in 1980 by Dan and Mary Brown, Verdeterre has earned a reputation for tackling complex projects, embracing cutting-edge technologies and making a difference in their community.

Now in its second generation of continuous family ownership and operation, Verdeterre’s range of services has expanded to include nearly all site preparation and improvement services on both private and public owned projects. We offer complete pre-construction, general construction, construction management, design-build services, restoration and landscaping tailored to the exact needs of your project.

Verdeterre currently holds MDOT pre-quals in EA, K, J, and I with a cumulative overall $18.4 million rating.

1980
Verdeterre is founded by Dan and Mary Brown. A family company, the Brown’s unanimously choose to name the company “Verdeterre”, French for “worm of the earth,” or simply “earthworm.” Verdeterre initially performs site utility installation only for a select group of public and private clients via open cut construction.
1994
Chris Brown graduates college with a civil engineering degree and joins Verdeterre full time. Verdeterre branches off into site preparation and grading and adds a second crew for the first time. This is the beginning of the changing of the guard and the introduction of modern technology to a very “old school” construction company.
2018
Verdeterre completes an office expansion project doubling the previous size and renovating the original space to better accommodate current and future growth needs. The expansion included all new IT equipment, new office furniture, a modern conference room and a new sign. A new website is also launched.

Verdeterre also finished up a two year $2 million dollar capital expansion program expanding and updating our fleet to include enough Caterpillar and John Deere iron providing the resources needed for the company’s four field crews.

Company Culture

Verdeterre began as a small, family business and we still run our organization in the same manner, instilling these values into every employee we hire and carrying them to every job site we visit.

We take pride in the company culture we’ve built that fosters teamwork, values work/life balance, encourages leadership and empowers individuals at every level. Annual safety training and mentorship from our more experienced team leaders is made available to each of our young and talented field and office members.

Verdeterre’s positive, family-like atmosphere is further bolstered through a number of yearly team building events:

  • Ice Fishing Trip in Northern Michigan each Winter
  • Tiger’s Ballgame and Summer Picnic at Comerica Park
  • Annual Fall Company Retreat
  • Christmas Luncheon

…instilling these values into every employee we hire and carrying them to every job site we visit.

 

Team

Verdeterre has come a long way since its establishment as a site utility company. As our projects and business relationships have grown, our team has expanded to include some of the most experienced and skilled experts in the industry.

Get to know the Verdeterre team.

Chris Brown

CHRIS BROWN
President/CEO
Richard Hinson

RICHARD HINSON
Project Manager
Dante Catanese

DANTE CATANESE
Project Manager

MATTHEW BROWN
Calvin College
Summer Intern
Craig Krajniak

CRAIG KRAJNIAK
Site Crew Foreman
Brian Erickson

BRIAN ERICKSON
Site Crew Manager
Larry Hoist

LARRY HOIST
Site Utility Crew Foreman
Juan Samano

JUAN SAMANO
Site Crew Foreman
Brandon Beaudrie

BRANDON BEAUDRIE
Mechanic
Carol Riley

CAROL RILEY
Office Manager
Laurie Brown

LAURIE BROWN