Dacotah West Crane Service featured on Williston Works Podcast
WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston Economic Development (WED) has released another episode from Season 3 of its Williston Works Podcast. In the third episode, WED Executive Director Shawn Wenko interviews Andy Njos, co-owner of Dacotah West Crane Service in Williston. The podcast was pre-taped at Hops and Berry Taproom in Downtown Williston.
Njos and his business partner, Aaron Volesky, started the company in 2010.
“We kind of got the idea to try and go on our own about the middle of 2010,” said Njos. “I was working at Wisco, for the Scheele family, and he was at Borsheim Crane Service. He’s married to a cousin of mine and we talked a lot and we kind of both wanted the opportunity to try and do it ourselves.
Njos said they received help getting their business off the ground from the Small Business Development Center and American State Bank and Trust Company.
“We went to the college (Williston State College) and Keith Olson (SBDC Regional Director) helped us put together a five-year plan,” Njos said on the podcast. “He helped us come up with (startup) costs, what kind of revenue we needed to support it and if the community could support another crane service in the area.”
Njos added they also received support from their lender, friends and family.
“American State Bank, Michael Heen at the time, they were about the only bank that would give us the opportunity to purchase the crane,” said Njos. “So, both Aaron and I pooled together as much money as we had basically for a down payment on the crane and with some help from friends and family, we were able to purchase our first crane.”