Dirty Jobs: Clay Green digs big holes
Clay Green, 53, grew up in an agricultural family in the Alexander Valley and has been digging large holes since he was in college. He now owns CATS4U, a backhoe company.
The sandy haired, soft spoken man has enriched the California landscape since 1978.
He landed a job rehabbing old logging roads near Jenner several years prior to graduating college and got acquainted with a mercury miner who offered to sell him a 1954 D-7 in return for payments and mining claim assessment work.
That purchase helped him earn money through countless of hours grading farm roads and other agriculture related work, but it also helped him make a career decision.
After graduating from college, Green began collecting more machinery, and CATS4U became a reality in 1978. By 1981, he had four machines and a few part-time employees.
Today, Green employs 12 and owns 35 machines, expanding his offerings to include grading, paving and other services at commercial sites.
One project Green uses his CATS4U to digs large holes for projects including Western Water to include sewer ponds at Monte Rio’s Bohemian Grove and water treatment pads in Solano County’s American Canyon. A stand out project for Green who is quoted as saying, ‘We put a lot of work into Point Reyes National Park creating a pond for the Red-legged frog.’
Green’s involvement in the community includes time as a volunteer firefighter in Geyserville, president of Alexander Valley Association, Alexander Valley Community Board, Alexander Valley Church and he is now on the board of the North Coast Builders Exchange.
The Geyserville Park, a year-long work in progress, has kept Green very busy. Various CATS4U machines have spent the better part of 2012 in on this project and on creating a patio dining area for Catelli’s Restaurant.
When asked about the largest amount of dirt moved, Green replied, “over 200,000 cubic yards of dirt to create three ponds on one piece of property. I used the dirt alongside the pond to create an embankment. Nothing goes to waste.
“Often unused dirt is put out to recycle programs,” says Green.
Green has found himself consumed by work and is often found at auctions. Adding to his collection of grades and dozers has become a hobby.
Notable fact about Green: He was the first winner of the Mr. Healdsburg after delivering a heartfelt rendition of Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.”
As you drive around Geyserville, be on the look out for the CATS4U machines and smile, thinking of Clay Green.