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Chris and Scott Lyons, managing partners of Tomahawk Construction in Ft. Myers, Florida, stand in front of their large Hitachi machine on the jobsite.

Tomahawk Brothers

For brothers, Chris and Scott Lyons, blood is not only thicker than water, it’s thicker than mud. And they aren’t afraid to play in the dirt.

It all began with football for these identical twins. Both played at the college level and Scott finished his college football career at Florida State which spawned the name of the brothers’ future business, Tomahawk Construction. During summer breaks, Scott worked at an Orlando construction company owned by his friend’s father where he found a love of construction. Upon graduation, both brothers studied to become firemen and with their days off they started a contracting business.

This contracting business led the Lyons to open Ft. Myers, Florida-based Tomahawk Construction in 2004 with a truck, trailer, and a skid steer. In the beginning, the company prepped pads for single-family homes by custom builders. Two years into business, they added commercial projects, banks, and restaurants. In 2009, they expanded again, taking on land development projects, digging lakes and doing road work in big residential developments. The company’s most recent expansion was in 2010 with material processing, crushing, and selling overburden dirt out of mines to customers and for infill jobs on their own projects.

They currently employ 68 people and own an impressive fleet of 16 skid steers, 15 loaders, nine excavators, two graders, three scrapers, four dozers, two articulated dump trucks and crushers, screens, and so on. About half of their large equipment is either John Deere or Hitachi.

The brothers purchase John Deere equipment because of the dependability and value. The first new unit they purchased was a 700K dozer from Nortrax. They eventually installed a Topcon system and now have several Topcon system son several different machines. They enjoy doing business with Nortrax because the salesmen are always available to help them out, not to mention the parts availability and dependable service department.

So, what happened to becoming firemen? The twins are both still full-time firemen and have worked out their schedules so that one is always available to take care of Tomahawk’s business. You might say they enjoy burning the candle at both ends.

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