One of the first things visitors often notice when walking the roads within Sutton Knob is the impressive job that has been done with soil fencing and erosion control. Allison Taylor, owner of Skillful Solutions and frequent contributor to Sutton Knob’s website, was very impressed with the quality of road construction at Sutton Knob during her first visits.
“I happen to have a degree in Environmental Studies, so these are the types of things with new construction that stand out to me, and that are often skimped on,” Allison Taylor said. “Not everyone may understand the vital importance of soil fencing and erosion control, but it has a huge impact on our environment. I immediately thought, ‘WOW! This is awesome – who is responsible for it?'”
Well, Matt Cantrell with Cantrell Construction is the man responsible for building the roads in Sutton Knob. Allison recently caught up with Matt to ask him about his approach to building roads and infrastructure to learn more about his process.
“We like building roads and infrastructure,” says Cantrell. Cantrell Construction has been around in our community since 1976, and was started by Matt’s father, David Cantrell. Matt was born and raised here, and joined the family-owned business full time in 1996. Cantrell Construction is a Licensed Public Utilities Contractor and a Highway Contractor.
“Our goals when building new projects are customer satisfaction, high quality work, lowest environmental impact, and using recycled products,” shares Cantrell. Throughout the development process, and with the businesses chosen to work within Sutton Knob, environmental impact and “green” approaches are a common theme.
In addition to building the roads in Sutton Knob, Cantrell Construction also has plans to clear housing sites. “When clearing the land for roads and building sites, the brush and stumps are being recycled and used as mulch on the project,” Cantrell explains. This is just another of the ways in which Sutton Knob is working to be respectful of the environment.
When not busy with projects such as Sutton Knob, Cantrell enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, restoring antique farm equipment, farming, and classic cars.