About Us

You might say our story started 1,800 miles away in Franklin County, Kansas, and 34 years ago when Grandpa bought his first backhoe. Curtis was born soon after and grew up around excavating equipment. Like many young boys, he loved to see dirt move. In 1985, Curtis’s family moved from Franklin County, Kansas to Franklin County, Washington, and Grandpa followed in 2004. Grandpa is retired now, but his legacy lives on through C&E which was started by Everett Wray (Grandpa’s son) and Curtis Wray (Grandson).

C&E was formed in 1994 and started providing trenching for the Ag industry. In 1997, C&E became licensed to install septic systems in Benton and Franklin Counties. From that time, C&E has expanded into our current full service excavating company.

C&E Crew:

Today, C&E Trenching employees rank among the top of their class. They are trained to communicate clearly with each other and with each customer. They strive to be both accurate and efficient. C&E employees know that each project is not complete until the work site is cleaned-up and the customer is satisfied. Consistent, quality work that is done on time is the reputation C&E Trenching maintains. C&E employees are permanent employees, meaning we keep the high level of service and quality that their customers have come to expect from this local family business.

C&E Work Standard:

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You will have clear understanding on what C&E will do and not do on each project.

Expect concise communication from first contact until the job is complete.


You will receive a warranty that is not filled with small print. Our end result will function as it should or we will fix it.

  • C&E is fully committed to public safety while completing your project.
  • Being a part of your team while on your job site is what we strive for.

The C&E team will care about your project. They will ensure that it is, done the way you specified.


C&E will be an asset to the communities that they work and live in by providing a valuable service and seeking out as many ways as feasibly possible to support the community and make it a better place for the current and future generations.

C&E’s goal is not just to grow a company for growth’s sake; but more importantly, to do their best keeping up with their customer’s excavation needs. Since their founding, they have expanded several times to better meet the needs of those in the four main markets they serve: Agriculture, Commercial / Industrial, Custom Hauling, and Residential. Today, C&E stands poised to meet the changing needs in a growing area.

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