American Underwater Services, Inc. is a Fort Worth-based commercial diving and dredging company specializing in underwater construction, heavy marine salvage, and industrial and environmental diving. Some of their most common projects include creating, cleaning, restoring and maintaining waterways for golf courses, homeowner associations, industrial companies, water treatment and chemical treatment plants, and local and county governments.
Anthony Di Iulio the founder, president and co-owner of American Underwater Services, Inc., started his business in 1999 with only three employees. Today this underwater diving company employs nearly 30 people and handles over 500 projects annually. Anthony moved to Fort Worth from Louisiana with his family in 1976. He worked summers during high school welding underwater for a marina on Benbrook Lake. Eventually he took scuba lessons after almost drowning on the job. Those lessons led him to training at a deep sea diving school in Houston, which included training on offshore oil rigs. Anthony spent several years in Louisiana working on offshore rigs and on inland jobs at power plants and dams before starting American Underwater Services, Inc.
Gary Pearce joined the company in 2000 as vice president and business partner. Though Gary is a West Texas native, he also navigated through scuba lessons and deep sea diving training in Houston. Gary and Anthony both worked for the largest underwater construction company in America at the time before joining forces at American Underwater Services, Inc. Gary actually saved Anthony’s life in 1995 by keeping him from getting crushed by a naval ship against some docks. Gary has been instrumental in growing the company.
Together Anthony and Gary built their start-up venture. The pair research and develop some of their equipment in addition to developing cost-efficient and earth-friendly techniques. Dredging and maintaining golf course ponds is a large part of their business. Recent projects include cutting the underwater pilings to remove a bridge over Lake Granbury for the Texas Department of Transportation, dredging a channel to a pump station for the city of Waxahachie, and dredging a trout-filled lake on a mountain in Taos, NM. One ongoing project is dredging sand and replacing crystal-clear water for a fracturing sand plant in Central Texas. American Underwater Services divers have also dredged and returned clean water to Barton Springs in Austin and Dead Man’s Hole on the San Marcos River, helping protect the endangered Texas Blind Salamanders that live there. American Underwater Services, Inc. has also worked with the Tarrant Regional Water District to maintain its pump stations, the Brazos River Authority and Lower Colorado River Authority.