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ArkLaTex Made: Specialty Trackhoe

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

It's an old faded picture, a man you've probably never heard of who is now long gone. Yet, Steve Nichols, will never forget him.

"He taught me if I would outwork the man beside me, I could be anything I wanted to be. He taught me to believe in myself" says Nichols.

That was the second time a man believed in Steve Nichols.

"They said I would never succeed and that I would be a menace to society but a really good man said that was a lie" recalls Nichols.

It's hard to believe that the former runaway and reform shooler is about to open up his third office.

"This is our third move in 14 years. The Lord keeps blessing us and we keep growing" says Nichols.

You see, Steve Nichols is one of the largest road builders and dirt movers in the ArkLaTex. Those are all of his trucks working on a stretch of I-49; a $15 million project and he just finished a bigger one last year.

"A 6 mile section of Highway 1 was a $24 million job that we prayed for and landed it" says Nichols.

This all started in 1999 that was encouraged by the man in the faded pictures and a wife that believed in him. Steve had gotten his life right and had a good job and just went to help a friend rebuild after the 1999 eastern tornado.

Nichols says "when I repaired that, people started asking me to do this and that for them."

Nichols had the willingness to get dirty.

"What got us here was I was willing to bury your dog, that's what got us here" says Nichols.

It paid off, Speciality Trackhoe is not just big, it's good.

Nichols says they "have a reputation and even their competitors send him business."

Still, it hasn't always been easy. Steve and Jennie lost their 5 year-old daughter. They named their cabin in Colorado, Dixie, but mostly it's been an amazing ride; one that might not have happened had not a man in a cowboy hat stepped in to tell a troubled young boy "yes, you can."

"This was not supposed to happen. I'm standing at a place only God could predetermine and all I've done is keep walking forward. I still don't know where it is going, I just know when He opens the door, I'm going through it" says Nichols.

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