All About Cannon Utility

Our Story

The Owner’s of Cannon Utility Services, LLC have been in the business for 30 combined years of experience. Based on steady growth and reinvestment in our company, we have grown to a size that has allowed us to build and/or upgrade miles of plant over the past year. We are a diversified HDD contractor that has done work to include CATV, telephone, sewer, water, fiber, HDPE pipe and casing placement, for commercial and residential customers. We are your full service underground provider that will complete your project within or under budget, on time, with the quality of service you demand.

In January 2017, Cannon Utility expanded their services once again to include forestry work for Ameren Illinois.  This work includes the use of a mulching mower to clear brush and trees from utility easements and right of ways.  Cannon currently has one crew working in this division with plans to add a second crew by end of year.

Cannon Utility Services takes great pride in our excellent record, which is accomplished through discipline and hard work. We feel that the quality of our personnel and the equipment allows us to commit to each job individually. Our project manager’s have been through extensive training as well as field experience. Cannon Utility Services is certified to do business in Illinois and Missouri and have been licensed by the state board of contractors in each state we do business if that state requires a license to work

Having expanded their services as well as their personnel, Melissa Russell, joined the company in April 2017 full time, using her twenty plus years of managerial experience,  to help create a Human Resource Division overseeing business administration, personnel, fiscal responsibilities as well as being read in on the short and long-term projects of the company.

Cannon outgrew their original location having added employees and equipment so relocation became imminent.  Cannon just relocated to their new office and shop in June 2017!

In Concert with steady growth, Cannon Utility services has maintained its commitment to quality, safety and customer satisfaction that has formed the character of the company from the beginning. We are proud of our past and continue to work hard to ensure complete customer satisfaction in the future.

Our Team


Melissa Russel

Melissa Russel

President & Owner

Melissa provides administrative and leadership oversight to Cannon Utility Services. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from SIUE and has over 20 years of managerial experience. She began her career in sales, moving on to become a program director at a local non for profit agency before joining Cannon Utility Services this past year to manage company operations. In addition to her role as president, Melissa volunteers in her community as well as being an avid sports fan and animal lover.

Jay Russell

Jay Russell

Operations Manager & Owner

Jay is a co-founder of Cannon Utility Services and has 20 plus years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Jay started as a cable installer in 1996, later making the move to underground utility construction. He was a Project Manager for several years before launching Cannon Utility Services in 2010. As Operations Manager, jay is responsible for managing excavation with placement of all underground utilities. When Jay isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and rumor has it he is a really good cook!

Michael Causey

Michael Causey

Forestry Division Manager, Owner

Michael is a cofounder of Cannon Utility Services and has over 20 years experience in the excavation industry. Mike began his career as a welder and owner of a lawn care service. Later he joined the excavation and construction fields of work, by starting his own business Causey Excavating before launching Cannon in 2010. As Manager of the Forestry Division for Cannon, Michael is responsible for handling all contracts regarding easement clearance in the Southern Illinois region. Besides his role at Cannon Utility Services, Michael enjoys boating, spending time at his clubhouse and stock car or Nascar racing,

Angela Causey

Angela Causey

Managing Partner, Owner

Angela is a founding member of Cannon Utility Services helping to get the business up and running. She began her career in sales and was a small business owner of Causey Excavating before joining the Cannon Utility Services journey. Angie is currently a managing partner, collaborating with the President concerning company operations, staff development and relationships with vendors and customers. As well as being a partner with Cannon, Angela is a licensed realtor on the Demond Team with Remax Preferred. To relax, she enjoys camping at her family clubhouse, boating and spending time with friends and family.

1320 E. St Rte 15

Belleville, Illinois 62220