Excavation Contractor

James E. Fulton & Sons

For over 45 years Fulton & Sons’ loyal team has been dedicated to delivering outstanding quality and service and has earned the solid reputation as one of Southwest Michigan’s most trusted land construction and excavation service companies.

The Challenge

The need to update/automate administrative and workflow processes including tracking over 1,000 pieces of paper per week, managing six different timesheet formats, generating weekly client updates and having a limited insight into maintenance.

The Solution

Design a custom web-enabled application, including a mobile employee app that automates all back-end systems, including all HR functions, job site management, one timesheet interface and the automation of all weekly updates.

How did SPARK improve your business?

“After 20 years of working in the construction trades, I’ve greeted every Monday morning as a paperwork nightmare! The more employees you have, the bigger the mess. The more jobs you have going on, the worse the piles! Every week, I’d go through the same routine: gather all the time cards, make sure the tickets were handed in to reflect back to the time card, and make sure the employee’s time was cost coded correctly. Then I needed to add up all the time, multiply the total hours by the employee rate for the gross wage, enter the time into the accounting software, cost code, etc…

That’s when I heard about a company named SPARK. I heard that they could create a mobile application that was specific to our needs. From the moment I made the phone call, my world changed!

SPARK’s owner and project manager visited me on a Monday morning to see my weekly mess. I shared with them my vision to change my Monday accounting/time entry nightmare. After spending a short time with my project manager, I felt like she understood my weekly problems, and, in return, she and her team created a better solution using technology that was specific to our industry. She got the job done! We would meet weekly to review and develop further solutions to my HR and accounting challenges and all the while she was patient, smart, and diligent. As the months went by, we finalized this beautiful project.”

“My Monday mornings are a dream! We eliminated time cards and tickets. We created an app for time entry and billing. My employees love the app time entry (no more paperwork for them). The new process is smooth and consistent. Employees enter time on their handheld devices, which is downloaded into Excel, and imported into our accounting software. Three days of headaches are now down to one day. Our new process is clean, legible and effortless!”

“Why hire SPARK? It’s an easy decision. Give them your company vision/goal, and they will develop it into a mobile app. No more paperwork. No more mess! Working with SPARK has been nothing but wonderful throughout this whole process. I am 100% pleased with our project.”

Cris Nichols

Financial Controller at James E. Fulton & Sons