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Our History

Central Backhoe & Utilities was established in 1987 by Mike Sanders.  He started this company on just one backhoe, one job at time.  From there, CBU progressed into larger residential and commercial wet utilities, rock trenching and rock milling jobs.  As his company grew, so did his reputation for his experience and quality of work.  He passes his wealth of knowledge on to every team member, always with an emphasis on treating the customer right.  Mike can always be heard saying, “The customer is what puts food on our tables”.  CBU is proud of its history, and excited for the future.  We look forward to continuing to provide the type of customer service and top-notch quality that our clients have come to expect.    

Commitment to Excellence

Through the years, our team has dedicated itself to pouring the highest level of quality and workmanship into every job.  And we always make sure to deliver this at the best price available.

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Our Management Team

Mike Sanders

Owner, Project Management and Estimating

Right after graduating high school, Mike began to dedicate his entire life to the civil underground business. His background in utility has since shaped Central Backhoe & Utilities as a humble, home-grown company into the reputable business that it is today.

With more than 33 years of operations, he has completed countless high-profile jobs, including Tidewater Community College for Homeland Security. He has also worked on the following project types:

  • Commercial Development
  • Homeland Security Projects
  • Public Utility Expansion Projects
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Projects
  • Residential/Multifamily Development

Travis Freeman (2014–Present)

Project Management and Estimating

Hailing from the The University of Texas at San Antonio, Travis carries a degree in Civil Engineering. After spending a few years as a fluids engineer in the oil and gas industry, he moved to underground utilities in 2014. He has since been in civil construction with an emphasis on commercial development. Some of his highlighted projects include the following:

San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) Brackish Groundwater Desalination Plant This project was a joint venture of Zachry Construction Corporation and Parsons Corporation. It required underground utilities, underground process piping, site work, concrete paving, and retaining walls and slabs.

United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Falfurrias Border Patrol Check Station
The Zachry Construction Corporation project required underground utilities.

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