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A good company is more than just the sum of its products. The Ditch Witch organization is understandably proud of the many innovative products we've contributed to the underground construction industry, but we reserve the full force of our pride for the thousands of employees, past and present, who have made these products possible. They share more than a place to collect a paycheck, a mission statement and a strong work ethic. They share a bloodline.
Anyone who has ever visited our factory in Perry, Oklahoma, has heard us say it: "We bleed orange." But what does it mean?
It has something to do with the signature color of our equipment, of course. But mostly it's about what's inside our machines and, especially, what's inside the people who build them.
We bleed orange because we were born from pioneers—the Malzahns, a family who carved a life and a livelihood out of one of the last unassigned lands in the U.S.
We bleed orange because the majority of our employees past and present have brought to their jobs the grit, work ethic and pride of ownership that come from growing up in rural America. And we bleed orange because our employees don't just work at the factory—they own it, along with the family that founded it.
The principles upon which Ed Malzahn founded the Ditch Witch organization—honesty, hard work and giving customers the best product in the world—are the same principles that guide each and every decision made today. The size of the company and its product line have grown tremendously since 1949, but some things still remain the same. The emphasis on power in each and every machine. The founding principles in which our employees take such tremendous pride. And the fact that the Ditch Witch organization is still a family business.
Orange blood courses through the veins of every Ditch Witch employee, and it fuels every piece of equipment we build. Because when our customers put Ditch Witch equipment to work on their jobsites, they're putting us to work, too. And nothing gets that blood really pumping like satisfying the customer.