About Us

Our company was founded by Kem Cook in 1995 as Cherokee Tap, Inc.  As our business, our customer base, and our reputation grew, we quickly became more involved in an expanded scope of services that we performed and managed throughout the site development phase of construction.  Hence, on January 1, 2004, we changed our company name to Cherokee Grading & Utility Contractors, Inc. to better describe the fact that we perform all site preparation work.

Our staff provides a variety of expertise in site preparation, underground utilities, and general construction management.  Our owner has been working in this industry since 1979.  Our Senior Estimator, Lance Heeke, brings over 35 years of sitework estimating and management experience to our company.  Through the years, he has established long standing, trusted, and mutually beneficial working relationships with many metro Atlanta general contractors, owners, and clients.  In his words, “We welcome the opportunity to help you meet your clearing, grading, water, sewer, and storm drain needs and earn your business.  Helping customers succeed in their endeavor is our goal.  I’m excited to be part of a quality focused sitework contracting company like Cherokee Grading & Utility that already enjoys a great reputation in metro Atlanta.  I look forward to helping our company, and ultimately yours, maintain and grow successful working relationships….that is our main objective.”  Our estimates generally involve jobs from 1 acre to 15 acres.  Within our on-site work crew, we employ licensed utility managers as well as licensed utility foremen.  We offer years of experience from our field superintendent, foremen, operators, and laborers.  Our office staff is always available to work with our customers in keeping all the administrative tasks operating efficiently.