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John Legarza was running machinery practically before he was out of high school. Construction, and especially earthmoving work, was in his blood. He worked in a variety of settings from mining exploration to road and highway jobs, ran and worked on many different pieces of equipment. He lived and worked through some up and down times, both for other companies and for himself.


In 1992, he started Legarza Exploration with two Caterpillar dozers, a Ford pickup, and two employees. The company's focus is mining and exploration support services, brought the company along, again, through some ups and downs, and though some other construction related work filled in the low times, the focus always came back to what the company does best.


Today there are many more pickups, dozers, excavators, backhoes, water trucks and some 50 or so employees. Today, it is truly the TEAM and the FOCUS that makes Legarza Exploration a success.












John Legarza on a TEREX dozer


- Started business 1992

- Owned by John & Paddy Legarza

- Based in Elko, Nevada

- Approximately 50 employees including office/equipment yard, general forman,

site managers, safety personnel, truck drivers, equipment operators, craft and laborers

- Preferred by mining, exploration, and drilling companies


Working safely is a planned event. OSHA and MSHA training are mandatory for all

employees. Job site safety analysis and tailgate safety meetings are standard practice

on all job locations. Monthly company safety meetings are held including the full

workforce. Personal protective equipment is required. Drug testing is done pre-hire,

random, and post accident/incident. A safe crew and work environment is our highest

company priority.

Work Site