• GROWING RELATIONSHIPS

    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 with his wife, Mary Beth Terhaar, a labor of love.   read more...

  • Structurally Sound Business Approach

    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 his business flourish and grow revenues annually since the firm began operations.   read more...

  • Getting to Know the Faces Behind the Signs

    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?   read more...

  • Building from the Ground Up

    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 work.   read more...

  • The Go-To Contractor

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

  • Wall-to-Wall Innovation

    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 solutions through panelization during design development. Value-engineering architectural and steel elements into structural assemblies provides projects with effective coordination while minimizing onsite labor.   read more...

  • Nurturing New Growth Through "Old School" Values

    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., he subscribes to the get-up-early-and-work-until-dark ethic.   read more...

  • A Family Company That Sticks Together

    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 Spray & Drywall, Inc., which would be handed down from generation to generation of his family.   read more...

  • Midwest Fence and Manufacturing: Carrying on the Legacy of Quality

    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 his help to run the farm.   read more...

  • Changing a Work Culture Perspective from “Me” to “We”

    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 problems that arise.   read more...

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