Based in College Station, Texas, Brazos WiFi is a relatively new company that supplies fiber to homes in rural areas helping facilitate internet access. James “Jim” Bouse founded the company because he noticed there weren’t many other companies in the market providing internet options to rural areas.
Working in heavy construction the majority of his life, he had experience with many equipment vendors. However, his biggest challenge in launching this company was his level of knowledge in this specialized area of installing utility lines underground. Good thing for Bouse, Vermeer Texas-Louisiana specializes in supporting the underground utility installation industry.
So, to help Brazos WiFi overcome this challenge, Bouse met with Patrick Rothrock, Vermeer Texas-Louisiana sales representative in Cypress, for a consultation. After testing out several competitive machines, he purchased a smaller Vermeer D10x15 horizontal directional drill. As his company grew, he realized that the D10x15 was too small for some of the other larger projects he wanted to work on, so he added the bigger Vermeer D20x22 S3 horizontal directional drill. His fleet now includes a Vactron LP573XDT, a Yanmar excavator and several Vermeer HDD tools and accessories.
Bouse’s relationship with Rothrock has grown and evolved over the two short years they’ve been working together. Rothrock and Travis Rigsby, who was the HDD Tooling Specialist at Vermeer Cypress, both spent time with Bouse and his team helping them learn about soil conditions, rock types and how to use the equipment and mixing materials more effectively.