Willard H. Rice our Grandfather had a vision of moving earth in the early 1950's.  He was one of the men responsible for pulling together contractors to form the Operating Engineer's Local #9, in Southern Colorado.  Bud Rice, son of Willard, continued his father's legacy by paving the way for success of Rice & Rice, Inc.  In 1966 through 1977, Bud Rice built 750 miles of roadway in Pueblo West for Jack McCulloch, which allowed Rice & Rice, Inc. to take as strong hold on the local excavating industry. Rice & Rice, Inc. has since remained in the family and is now being operated by Tyrone B. Rice which can be accredited with projects such as Vestas Wind Towers, Black Hills Energy Powers plant, and Several Ranges at Fort Carson.