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If there’s anything the McAda family knows about, it’s dirt.
That’s because they spend much of their time working under the Texas ground for their family business, Venus Construction, which recently made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in 2015. This is the second year in a row that Venus was named to the list, ranking No. 1,387 — jumping 504 spots from last year.
“We are not one for accolades and acknowledgment,” president Josh McAda wrote in an email. “But being on the Inc. 5000 list does makes us proud of the hard work we have put in to grow and become a leader in the underground utility construction industry in North Texas.”
Venus Construction focuses on water, sewer and storm utilities for the commercial, residential and public sectors. Over the past three years, the Mansfield-based company has grown 299 percent. Last year, Venus Construction added 125 jobs and posted $24.3 million in revenue, according to the Inc. 5000 data. The company now has about 200 employees.
Venus Construction is currently run by a trio of brothers. McAda’s younger brothers, Sam and Jake, serve respectively as vice president and vice president of commercial construction.
But it all began with their grandfather, Samuel McAda — or “Big Mac,” as he was called.
Samuel McAda’s wife, Geraldine, had long insisted that her husband work close to the family. In 1967, Samuel McAda finally listened. He and his wife founded Venus Construction in Venus, Texas.
One of the first things Samuel McAda did for the company was travel to Fort Worth to buy a tractor from Clemons Tractor Supply on Main Street. He bought a 4500 Ford Backhoe and put it to use right away, installing septic tanks and water service in subdivisions for general contractors.
The business put almost the entire family to work. While Samuel McAda worked on projects, Geraldine McAda handled books.
Even their children, twins Sammy and Sandra, got in on the action, too. As high school seniors, Sammy McAda helped his father while Sandra McAda worked with her mother.
The company began to grow, and Samuel McAda realized he needed to purchase more equipment, but not just any equipment. It had to be equipment strong enough to break through the tough North Texas soil. So Samuel McAda catered his purchases to fulfill that mission.
Being able to work through North Texas’s rocky soil was what gave Venus Construction an edge over competitors, Josh McAda wrote.
The company would continue to grow over the next five decades, with the McAda family at its helm. When Samuel McAda died in 1994, Sammy McAda and Sandra McAda took over the business. After Sammy McAda died in 2001, his son Josh McAda took over the company.
“We operate as a team and recognize that it takes all of us to make our company grow and be successful,” Josh McAda wrote.
Today, Venus Construction continues to work on a diverse set of projects. One project is the Trinity Falls Subdivision in McKinney, which has more than 5 miles of water pipe as well as storm and sewer pipe. Venus Construction is also working on a QuikTrip in Northlake and a US-377 highway project in Haltom City.
McAda wrote that he expects the company to grow even more if the industry remains stable.
But Chris Mummert, project manager and accountant at Venus Construction, wrote in an email that the real secret to growth is having great employees and strong leadership under the McAda family.
“Even in their current leadership roles, they still are not afraid to get their hands dirty,” he wrote.