In May of 2007 I contracted with A.J. Zirkel to remove approximately eight feet by 70 feet of an extremely high crown of my driveway which has a 24% slope on both sides. The job required the removal of the black top, cutting the hill down, dropping about 20 trees and leveling the area to create a staging to move the fill, repaving the driveway with asphalt, and constructing a retaining wall. I met with four contractors in Benzie County. After talking with several residents and two bankers regarding the AJ\'s reputations, I selected AJ Excavating. I felt that AJ was very honest and forthwright during all of our discussions. He assured me he could complete the work on time with no cost overruns. AJ completed the project on time and exceeded my expectations. I continue to rely on AJ as a great resource and have offered to speak to other prospective customers regarding the quality of AJ\'s workmanship.