Working man’s contractor

12 years ago

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BU-CLR-mccarthy-s-pt-39HARD WORKING — Stewart McCarthy owns his own consruction business and offers all groundwork, including septic systems, gravel screening, driveways and pads, loom for lawns, excavation, along with hauling skidders and other heavy equipment. McCarthy can be reached by calling 290-1636 or 532-7594. No job is too small.

By Gloria Austin
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — Though relatively new to Houlton, Stewart McCarthy wants people to know he is a “working man’s contractor.”
    “I am trying to express to a regular person that they can afford me for a job,” said McCarthy. “I am a worker just like everyone else.”
    McCarthy relocated to Houlton with his wife Jamie Knapp, daughter of Jimmy Knapp of Houlton and Margaret Frye of Cary, and his four children.
    “My wife wanted to come back this way for years to be with her family,” McCarthy explained. “We lived in Lincoln for quite awhile, but last year we finally took the plunge to move to Houlton.”
    McCarthy runs Stewart A. McCarthy Inc. Construction, while his wife works as a nurse at Houlton Regional Hospital.
    “We love it here,” he said. “Everything has been going well.”
    McCarthy’s two 6-year-old twin girls go to Houlton Elementary School, while his daughter, Katie is a freshman and his son, Mason, is a sophomore at Houlton High School. McCarthy’s daughter Kayla lives in Lincoln and he has three stepchildren, with two sons at Eastern Maine Community College and another son who graduated from the trade school.
    “We have quite a crew,” McCarthy smiled.
    Stewart A. McCarthy Inc. Construction company offers all groundwork, including septic systems, gravel screening, driveways and pads, loom for lawns, excavation, along with hauling skidders and other heavy equipment.
    With his father looking to retire, McCarthy bought H.B. McCarthy and Sons of Lincoln from his father last summer.
    “My father started this business in 1976,” said McCarthy. “I am continuing the work.”
    McCarthy worked for his father since he was a teenager, so he is self-taught in gravel work.
    “I know the work like the back of my hand, I grew up doing it,” he said.  “I’ve been in a dump truck since I was … well, I took my driving test in a dump truck.”
    McCarthy remembers through high school that his father had a big job for the railroad in Mattawamkeag.
    “I used to take my dump truck to school,” he said. “I would go all day to school and after school, I would haul rock from Lincoln to Mattawamkeag until bedtime.”
    Then the next day, he would get up and the routine would begin again.
    “I am not afraid of work,” he said. “And, I am not too proud to do manual work either.”
    McCarthy is preparing for wintertime by placing bids for snowplowing, salting and sanding for commercial and residential.
    “I did a lot of business and house plowing in Lincoln,” McCarthy said. “I’d like to stay somewhat in Houlton as far as plowing, but I will salt or gravel walkways by hand if someone needs me. There is no job too small.”
    McCarthy is fully insured and offers free estimates on jobs. His hours are according to each job.
    “When I come to look at a job, I am the one doing the job,” he said. “I do the job myself from start to finish. Whenever a customer needs the work done – daytime, after hours or weekends – I will do it.”
    McCarthy’s children are involved in sports and he loves spending time with his family.
    “I am really family oriented,” he said.
    But when it comes to work, he won’t shy away, as he has been working with other local construction companies on the Houlton Band of Maliseet Currier Road project.
    “We’ve put an unbelievable amount of gravel on the road, as well as ditches and culvert work,” he added. “It’s been a good job.”
    McCarthy’s ads can be seen in the local paper — which he frequently changes to “catch people’s eye better” – and heard on the local radio station.
    “I looked at three jobs in one day, so they are slowly coming in,” he added. “It may take a little time since I am new to the area and I just started advertising.”
    Through the years, McCarthy has enjoyed a particular aspect of his business.
    “I love being around people,” he said. “People here are three times friendlier than where I am from. It seems like everyone I run into has been nice. They are interested in you and what you do.”
    With plenty of gravel supply, McCarthy is ready to help customers with their job needs.
    “I want people to know I am loyal, hardworking and trustworthy,” he added.
    McCarthy offers reasonable rates with a load of gravel costing $8 a yard; backhoe work, $40 per hour; tractor work, $35 per hour,  along with reasonable rates for septic systems.
    “I have given a couple of estimates in the area on septic systems and everyone says the rates are really good,” added McCarthy.
    To have a job estimated, call McCarthy at 290-1636 or 532-7594.