Grading & excavation

Top-class grade from lifelong students of the industry

Earthwork and excavation is in our blood. It’s how Abernethy Contracting got its start 50 years ago here in Charlotte, NC by grading single lots for construction throughout the city’s most iconic neighborhoods.

The scale and scope of our projects have grown since we first started out in 1973. Many of the technologies we use today were unimaginable then. One thing hasn’t changed: we continue to deliver the same high-quality grading services that have established our reputation as one of our region’s leading experts.

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Offerings & Capabilities

Grading division highlights


GPS-equipped heavy machinery that links to CAD design plans


A fleet of more than 160 pieces of state-of-the-art heavy equipment

Safety process

Grading operations guided by safety training and risk management processes

Large-scale capabilities

Mass excavation on jobsites from 2 acres to 200 acres

Mass grading

Rock removal and mass grade services for phased preparation

Finish grading

Finish grading to within exact elevation tolerances for construction

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A cut above the competition

Abernethy Contracting has become known as one of the top grading and excavation contractors in the greater Charlotte, NC region by consistently delivering high-quality services at a price developers can afford.

Our services are set apart from our competitors by a simple but proven formula—projects that matter, with people we care about, for the community we call home.

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FAQ about our grading services

  • Do you offer services to haul dirt off-site if needed?

    We do offer in-house material hauling services at Abernethy Contracting. However, we also subcontract hauling to a number of trusted and reputable companies with whom we’ve formed long-lasting partnerships. We can include hauling services in our overall grading contract, or provide recommendations from our catalogue of subcontractors.
  • What is your availability for grading and excavation?

    Availability of our grading teams varies according to season and existing backlogged work, and therefore cannot be guaranteed within a specific time frame. In general, Abernethy grading and excavating teams have multiple projects ongoing at any given time. We are generally able to start work within 1 month of signing a contract.
  • Can you locate utilities?

    We have the ability to verify and locate potential utilities in conflict with our hydrovac and soft dig services. We also utilize 811 service managed by Underground Service Alert for utility locating on our grading projects.
  • What are your teams licensed for?

    Abernethy Contracting is licensed for heavy highway and utility work in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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