In 1974, Max Jantz started Max Jantz Excavating with one John Deere pull-type scraper and a love of the land. Fast forward to 2020, and MJE has grown into the largest agriculture construction business in the region. For more than 40 years, Max sought opportunities throughout the Midwest to grow the operation by expanding his skills, crews and equipment fleet.
For many years, the company’s primary focus was dirt work for both municipal and commercial projects. By 2001, Max had gone from a one-man operation to managing a staff of over 40 employees and an equipment fleet of more than 130. In that time, the focus of our company evolved, expanding to designing and building turnkey feedyards and dairies. As capabilities grew beyond dirt-moving, the company’s name also shifted from Max Jantz Excavating to the more expansive MJE LLC.
Behind the leadership of Max’s children, Aaron and Heather, MJE has grown into a company with more than 200 employees and 350 pieces of equipment. A premier contractor in heavy civil construction with a focus on feedyard and dairy turnkey construction, MJE partners with clients in a signature design, build and construction process. Our master craftsmen, designers, estimators and project managers bring experience, determination and passion. Through careful planning and communication with partners, we seek to advance client ideas and turn them into fully-functioning, efficiently designed enterprises.