The Who's Who Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Article Archive

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The Lawyers For Minnesota Contractors
Fall/Winter 2020

Ask Bill Gschwind and Courtney Ernston to share the strength of their law firm, Minnesota Construction Law Services (MNCLS), and they will provide the same answer: “Before we became attorneys, we noticed the transactional method large law firms…

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Working with Purpose
Fall/Winter 2020

James Mattson grew up with modest means as a child from the north side of Minneapolis. Raised by a single mother, and with three sisters and four brothers, money was often scarce. He remembers long afternoons waiting in the bakery line for free…

People Before Profits
Fall/Winter 2020

ATR Commercial Flooring, LLC (ATR) started in business more than 20 years ago as Above the Rest Floors and More. Since that time, it has tripled in size under the leadership of Owner/President Elissa Merritt. She has positioned ATR as a leader…

Clearly the Exception
Fall/Winter 2020

In 1982 in Rogers, Minnesota, a stone’s throw north of the Twin Cities, Scott Nelson seized an opportunity, his brother and dad joined in, and three Nelsons formed the charter staff of Eagle Window Distributing Company (Eagle Window), also known…

Responsible Planning Yields Quality Projects
Fall/Winter 2020

Ryan Evenson and Mitch Rohlfing worked their way up in the construction industry before founding APX Construction Group, LLC (APX), in Mankato, Minnesota. The full-service construction company provides a single point of contact to clients for…

Technology, Talent & Tenacity
Spring/Summer 2020

With a four-decade history of operation, Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (AMC) is a fixture in the Twin Cities and larger Minnesota commercial and industrial construction space. It’s long been known for its design-build expertise of…

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Experience Built Right In
Spring/Summer 2020

Foster White Insurance Agency understands the construction market. Owners Jake Olinger and Tony Larson say that many agencies may make that claim, but in this case, the company has an agent who has owned a construction company, so he truly…

Community Leadership in Minnesota
Spring/Summer 2020

A six-alarm fire brought down Rock On Trucks’ original repair shop in 2017. The destruction of this aggregate trucking company’s repair shop, located in Waite Park, Minnesota, was caused by “human error,” says Lady Jayne Fontaine, the Public…

Modern Media
Spring/Summer 2020

They’re something we all see and use every day, often without even been fully aware of it, or the value they hold. We seek them out when we need a highway exit, a restroom or an indication on which business is occupying what trade show booth.…

Innovation, Integrity and Values
Spring/Summer 2020

What started out as two friends teaming up to start a general contracting firm has evolved into a 42-year-old company that specializes in complex and challenging commercial and industrial projects throughout the Midwest.

Out of the Ashes
Fall/Winter 2019

When the development company Tom Wasmoen worked for went out of business during the Great Recession in 2009, he and his co-workers gathered for a drink at a local bar to discuss their path forward. “It was a pretty tough time,” Tom recalls.…

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Hard Work Pays Off
Fall/Winter 2019

Minnesota Exteriors, Inc. has set down deep roots, growing multigenerational connections and a legacy of tradition and trust, and now it has expanded these roots into commercial through a new company, Minnesota Exteriors Commercial, LLC. Family…

Blooming Business
Fall/Winter 2019

From lush green lawns outside the Short or Tall Eatery & Drink Hall in Rogers, Minnesota, to the gorgeous outdoor entertainment area featuring decorative pavers for guests at the Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota, the skilled…

Excellence in Everything!
Fall/Winter 2019

Jason Ripley, Owner and President of GFC Industrial Coatings (GFC), the industrial division of Garage Floor Coating of MN, launched out on his own right after graduating from high school in 1989. “I was very young and extremely ambitious,” Ripley…

The Comfort Factor
Fall/Winter 2019

On both sides of a building’s “Grand Opening,” CBS Construction Services, Inc. (CBS) achieves a true comfort level with developers and architects, as well as building occupants. This general contractor based in Champlin, Minnesota, has built…

Concierge Construction
Spring/Summer 2019

It was only a matter of time before the concept of providing concierge-quality services traveled from hotels to health care organizations, and now, as shown by Minneapolis Contractors Choice-MCC, to the construction industry.

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Trusting a New Generation of Tradespeople
Spring/Summer 2019

When the team at Always Tile & Stone LLC shows up to a new project, the young faces of the crew at first might raise eyebrows. Any doubt about their talents, however, quickly dissipates when the team gets to work. The tile setters, most in their…

The Strength Behind the Door
Spring/Summer 2019

FINDOOR Industrial Inc. (FINDOOR) began in Finland in 1989 with a logging company run by the Jaara brothers. According to the company’s origin story on the FINDOOR website, after constructing a new shop building, the Jaaras couldn’t find the…

Hiding in Plain Sight
Spring/Summer 2019

If there is an art to blending in, Satellite Shelters, Inc. has mastered it. For nearly half a century this national provider of temporary and permanent building solutions has worked to build a reputation for being “The First in Space”—and is…

Starting on a Hope and a Prayer
Spring/Summer 2019

Any good construction project demands a solid foundation. The same holds true for a construction business, which is why Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc. (Hy-Tec)has flourished and grown for the last 30 years.

The Measure of Success
Fall/Winter 2018

Every top general contractor draws on sound management qualities, such as communication, coordination and a commitment to the customers, the team and the project mission. A select few push those attributes to the next level, combining a problem-solver…

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Not Afraid Of Challenges
Fall/Winter 2018

When Dean Seppelt and his wife, Cindy, founded DRSC Concrete Inc. (DRSC Concrete) nearly 30 years ago, it started out as a small company offering just a few services within its immediate area.

A Sign of the Times
Fall/Winter 2018

Over the course of 80 years, a lot has changed in the exterior sign business. For Leroy Signs, Inc., though, one thing has remained consistent: The Reiter family has been at the helm from the start in 1938.

Real World Products
Fall/Winter 2018

Astro Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. (Astro) takes pride in building real products for the real world. From ornamental and decorative metals for the architectural industry to custom industrial equipment fabrication, Astro has been Minnesota’s…

Poised For Greater Growth
Fall/Winter 2018

Dering Pierson Group (Dering Pierson) is proof there is strength in numbers and there is value in teamwork over individual effort.

GROWING RELATIONSHIPS
Spring/Summer 2018

Kevin Terhaar’s enthusiasm is infectious. As owner of Medina-based North Metro Companies, it’s clear his passion for providing quality landscaping services to a variety of residential and commercial clients makes running the business he co-owns…

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Structurally Sound Business Approach
Spring/Summer 2018

A little more than three years ago, Jeremy Baer, PE, took a leap of faith and started TEKTON Engineers in Northfield, Minnesota. With a team approach focusing on collaboration and partnering with his structural engineering clients, he has seen…

Getting to Know the Faces Behind the Signs
Spring/Summer 2018

If you’ve driven on a road, eaten at a restaurant, walked through an airport or, really, visited any public area, you’ve undoubtedly encountered a sign. But do you ever wonder who made it or how it got there?

Building from the Ground Up
Spring/Summer 2018

When Blake Swearengin started Precision Excavating & Contracting LLC (Precision), he had $1,200 in his pocket and a dream of running his own company. The company president founded the Princeton, Minnesota-based business on integrity and hard…

The Go-To Contractor
Spring/Summer 2018

With a population of just over 15,000, River Falls, Wisconsin, is a tiny but close-knit community.

Wall-to-Wall Innovation
Fall/Winter 2017

Madison, Wisconsin is home to United Building Solutions (UBS), an integrated team proficient in structural engineering, coordination, and manufacturing through construction. UBS sets itself apart from the competition by incorporating tailor-made…

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Nurturing New Growth Through "Old School" Values
Fall/Winter 2017

At first glance, Kevin Terhaar seems strictly old-school when it comes to running his Medina, Minn.-based landscaping business, North Metro Companies, LLC. As the son of parents who both worked full-time jobs and had a farm in Rogers, Minn.,…

A Family Company That Sticks Together
Fall/Winter 2017

Sometimes all it takes is a single good idea, that otherwise ordinary moment when an opportunity leaps into crystal-clear focus. Gerald Obraske saw such an opportunity in 1961, laying the foundation for the company that would become Universal…

Midwest Fence and Manufacturing: Carrying on the Legacy of Quality
Fall/Winter 2017

Thomas Corrigan Sr. was born and raised on a farm in Rosemount, Minn., where he loved farming and planned to take over the family farm from his father. As Corrigan Sr. was the only boy in a family of six children, his father relied greatly on…

Changing a Work Culture Perspective from “Me” to “We”
Fall/Winter 2017

The construction world can be a cutthroat business. Project managers must not only manage the project, but complete the paperwork, make telephone calls to customers and other project stakeholders, and be the catch-all troubleshooter for any…

Doing the Right Thing, With All the Right Stuff.
Spring/Summer 2017

Tamarack Materials Inc., a GMS company, has coordinated an inventory capable of supplying any building need in the vertical construction market in the north central U.S. Founded 36 years ago, the firm operates under the brand names “Tamarack…

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Dynamic Learning Experiences Empower Next Generation of Construction Management Leaders
Fall/Winter 2016

In the built environment, the geometric shape of a triangle can bring strength and stability to a structure. The same goes for a three-sided organization called Construct*ium, which brings together students, instructors and regional industry…

Daring Decisions and Visionary Leadership
Spring/Summer 2017

BJ Baas Builders’ motto is “You have a vision. We give it structure.” And structure is what makes this business great. In fact, they are so expert at building that they work across a diverse array of markets including retail, industrial, commercial…



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