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Physical Address

2661 Highway 19 South
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1637
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Professional Grade


Rest Assured we stand behind our work.


Performance and Completion Bonding is available.


Not just Worker’s Compensation, but also General Liability and Commercial Automotive

Focused on Safety

Personal Protective Equipment, Risk Mitigation, and Standard Operating Procedures help everyone go home safe at the end of the day.

Environmentally Sound

From permitting, to spill protection, and erosion controls, we take precautions to protect our environment.

Work Force Investment

Knowledge is empowerment. We support training and certification for our employees. Most employees receive a minimum of 20 hours of training with some positions receiving much more.



  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • CDL Drivers


  • Competitive pay based on your knowledge, skills, and ability
  • $50 Monthly Safety Incentive
  • $50 Monthly Operational Incentive
  • Life, Medical, Dental, Vision coverage at no cost to employees
  • 5 paid holidays
  • 40 hours paid vacation after 1 year and 80 hours after 4 years
  • 3% retirement match

Corporate Citizenship

Our company often collaborates with non profit groups to improve our community. Here are just a few of our favorite past projects.

The Alarka Praise Festival hosted on Alarka by Icthus Ministries with assistance of local churches, provides children a safe alternative on Halloween. The company donates equipment and operator for the hay ride all evening.

The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River removed a junk vehicle from the river at Ela. The company donated their equipment and operator to haul a 1950s vintage Studebaker Lark from mid-stream.

Swain County Clean & Green Litter Sweep is an Earth Day event . The company removed 1340 lbs of trash and rubbish and 5240 lbs of metal from the old road behind the finger lake that backs up at 74 W and 28 N.


Our Story

Timothy Stephen Cochran was born in February 1968 to Donnie and Eva Cochran. Tim and his older brother Richard were raised on his family’s small farm in the Deep Gap Area of the Alarka Community in rural Swain County. Tim’s father logged, farmed with horses and worked odd jobs to care for his family. Tim was raised in a log cabin with one light bulb and no plumbing.

Tim worked throughout his secondary education and graduated from Swain County High School in 1987. At that time he was employed by the National Historical Association at the Mingus Mill Farmstead in Cherokee, NC. Throughout the next several years he worked his farm while simultaneously at two other jobs, and later as a supervisor at Geischner Manufacturing Plant.

In 2000, Tim began working on the side by mowing roadsides with his farm tractor in a development. In 2002 he left his primary employment as a supervisor at Manness Manufacturing to pursue an excavating business. Tim began operating out of his truck and then later with an office at home. He eventually rented office space on Highway 19 South and incorporated his business, Cochran Excavating, LLC, in January 2006. This rented space progressed to a small company owned office building on the same property across the road from our present location. The next step was a larger office trailer on the same site. During the summer of 2009 Cochran Excavating, LLC expanded to our current multi-acre site, which required extensive improvements and renovations, all managed by Tim and his crew. During these first three years the company grew to become the largest excavating business in Swain County

Today, Cochran Excavating, LLC employs local residents with a competitive pay scale and some of the best benefits in the area.