Archive for August, 2017

We Are Egan – John Tupy

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

“Every day at Egan is different. I enjoy the challenges presented and finding solutions to those problems.”

Meet John Tupy, an Electrical Field Leader who has been with Egan for 12 years.

With his wife and two young daughters, John prefers to spend his spare time exploring Minnesota park trails and DIY projects around the house. Occasionally, he squeezes in an afternoon away to fly fish at his property in Preston, Minn.

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

Partnering With What Matters

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Packing good food… fast! Our partnership with the nonprofit organization Matter had Egan employees going head-to-head in a friendly competition to beat hunger. Egan volunteers were split into eight teams each was determined to pack the most boxes of food over the two hour period.

To keep things interesting, teams had to abide by the ever-changing packing tactics like using only one hand or standing on one foot. The Blue Team took home the win for most boxes packed, while the White Team won the “Spirit Award”. However, the most important victory of the day came from the 4,113 GoFuel packs of food that filled the boxes for local children in need.

Matter is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to healthy food in our community. The concept behind the MATTERbox is simple: a box of healthy, shelf-stable meals and nutrition education, helping children of all ages take their first steps towards a healthier life. Thank you Matter for driving such a great call to action!

Discover Egan: Onsite Engineering Support

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

When workloads get heavy and staff is overwhelmed, sometimes reinforcements are necessary. To alleviate this pressure, food processing and manufacturing customers utilize the support of Egan Company’s full-time, on-site, trained controls engineers. With schedule flexibility, our team of controls engineers and CAD technicians are available to assist as needed.

The focus areas of an onsite engineer differ depending on the site, but may include:

  • Providing machine upgrades as requested for existing and new projects
  • Designing/implementing new process components and control processes
  • Supplementing the customers’ full-time engineering staff
  • Providing maintenance and troubleshooting of systems
  • Creating CAD symbols and standards
  • Developing new control processes

Throughout the Upper Midwest, industrial and manufacturing customers are utilizing Egan’s industry veterans onsite to deliver engineering skills and industry expertise at their sites.

Most recently, a large manufacturing customer requested the help of three Egan engineers to provide full-time support for the customer’s full-time engineers on backlogged projects.

“These partnerships are great for us and the customer,” said Brian Harren, Engineering Manager. “We know the customer and the facility, which allows us to provide a vetted employee that can work quickly and effectively.”

Learn more about our process controls engineering.

We Are Egan – Wes Ramlow

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

“What I love about my job is being a part of the process from start to finish. Watching a project go from the computer screen to a completed building is very rewarding.”

Meet Wes Ramlow, a Sheet Metal 3D Modeler who has been with Egan for over four years.

Outside of work, Wes enjoys spending time up north on the lake either relaxing or fishing. He also has two German Shorthair pointers he likes to watch hunt for ruffed grouse in the woods.

Our company is shaped by who we are, not just what we do. Together, we are Egan.

Finance & Commerce – 2016 Top Projects

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Every year, Finance & Commerce recognizes the top construction projects in Minnesota. Congratulations to all of the teams who are recognized – we’re honored to partner with you and help create these impressive buildings.

Minnesota Senate Building

“The group had 20 months to design and build a structure that would house all 67 Minnesota senators, support public participation in the legislative process, and serve the public for a century. The building was completed on time in January 2016 and was to accommodate that year’s legislative session.”

Egan services provided: curtainwall, glass/glazing, sunshades, and metal panels

Read more about this Top Project



“Billed as the largest modern mass timber commercial office building in the country, T3 stands for Timber, Transit and Technology.  With a North Loop location next to the Cedar Lake Trail and Target Field Station, the moniker fits the bill.”

Egan services provided: curtainwall, glass/glazing, aluminum entrances, aluminum window system, and storefront

Read more about this Top Project


University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Lab

“Bees and researchers doing groundbreaking work to protect bee health are all abuzz at the University of Minnesota’s new state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab.”

Egan services provided: HVAC and plumbing

Read more about this Top Project


U.S. Bank Stadium

“U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings’ billion-dollar baby, debuted last summer as the largest – and perhaps the most debated — construction project in Minnesota history. The goal for all stakeholders was the same: to build the best multipurpose stadium in the U.S.”

Egan services provided: curtainwall, glass/glazing, and communication and electrical systems for electronic video displays

Read more about this Top Project


Wells Fargo Downtown East Corporate Campus 

“The regional headquarters facility has two 17-story towers offering 1.2 million square feet of office space. More than 5,000 Wells Fargo employees work in a space meant to encourage team collaboration and communication. To top off the project and create an inviting atmosphere, Ryan proposed a new 4.2-acre urban park adjacent to the campus, which the city and Wells Fargo both welcomed.”

Egan’s services provided: building automation, lighting control, sound masking, and extensive building analytics, and intelligent building network

Read more about this Top Project

Simplified Remote Access to Batching Systems

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Secured, safe, efficient – deliver hassle-free remote connection to concrete batching systems with Egan Company’s newest product, EganConnect.

With increased network security, remote access is essential to the operation of a facility. EganConnect can guarantee a safe and secure remote connection that allows our engineers and technicians access to a KFBatch system to make any requested improvements or upgrades, without actually connecting to the company’s network.

Each EganConnect is programmed by our team of expert controls engineers and ready to install at concrete facilities. With the EganConnect, you can expect:

  • Faster response time when dealing with system issues
  • Fewer periods of production downtime when system unexpectedly is down
  • Streamlined process with minimal or no IT involvement
  • A safe, secure, and hassle-free connection to your systems

To learn more about the EganConnect, give us a call at 763.595.4373 or email at

Work: More Than a Four Letter Word

Monday, August 14th, 2017

For many of us, our job is part of what defines us. It provides a framework to our daily schedules, stability for our families, as well as a means to help us grow. However, sometimes career paths are not clear cut, and unexpected barriers are faced. This is where Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota steps in to help.

Goodwill-Easter Seals offers job-placement training programs that helps people from various backgrounds – low income, lack of high school diploma or GED, criminal history, disabilities – overcome obstacles and fulfill their dreams.

This year, Egan decided to lend a hand to this cause by making a donation to Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota through their annual Power of Work fundraising event. The Power of Work event supports all initiatives, like the construction training program.

With Egan’s donation, two adults can participate in one of the job training programs. Currently, the programs offered in Minnesota include banking and finance, medical office, automotive, and construction.

One of the best times of my life was going through the program. The friends I made, the people I worked with – it was fantastic.

-Drew, graduate of the construction training program

The skills learned within employment training and other various programs go beyond the walls of a classroom. Although each program is different, generally participants take part in 8-12 weeks of extensive, hands-on training for their chosen career program; additionally, other training is provided on other “soft skills,” such as resume writing, job interviewing, time management, self-confidence, and most importantly: teamwork.

Through donations like Egan’s, Goodwill-Easter Seals provides adults new opportunities to find success without carrying a financial burden of paying for the program, as each of the programs are free of charge for qualified participants. Every donation helps Goodwill-Easter Seals further their mission to eliminate barriers to work and independence, and achieve their vision of a world
where everyone experiences the power of work.

“One of the most common questions when you meet someone is, ‘What do you do [for work]?’ said Michael Wirth-Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. “Our goal is to give our participants an answer to that question.”


(Pictured above L to R: Jim Malecha, Egan Company President & CEO, and Michael Wirth-Davis, Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota President & CEO)

Helping Grow Green Initiatives

Friday, August 11th, 2017

A growing commitment to green initiatives has solar farms cropping up around the state. Most recently, in St. Joseph, Minn., Egan’s Electrical team is performing installation and prefabrication work on two state-of-the-art, energy-producing farms.

Nearly 100 inverter racks (single, double, and triple) and PVC conduit racks were prefabricated in Egan’s shop. Once installed, energy absorbed through the solar panels passes through Photovoltaic cables in the racks and inverters, converting the power to transmission voltage.


Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

When managing multiple facilities or numerous multi-tenant commercial buildings, streamlined and easy-to-use access control systems make all the difference. With several access control system solutions available, Egan Company can help find the right fit for any facility. From a two-door  to two-thousand door system, no matter the scope, we’ve got any facility protected.

Advantages of a Single Electronic Access Control System

  • One Network-Based System – consolidate multiple buildings onto one network and eliminate keys
  • Internal and External Card Access – control or limit entry to buildings or to certain areas within the building
  • Simplified Database Management – store information in a centrally managed database to quickly grant or remove access to the building
  • Comprehensive Building Reports – in the event of a security breach, track down who entered the building during a specific time
  • Centralized Security Solution – integrate other security products (i.e., cameras, intercom, fire) onto one network

Additionally, once a system is installed, Egan Company provides preventative maintenance to ensure installed systems always run optimally.

To learn more about our access controls solutions and our 24/7 service offerings, give us a call at 763.762.5636 or email us at

Top Graduates by Design

Monday, August 7th, 2017

With an increasing demand for drafting, design, and project management to be completed in-house by one contractor, educational institutions and contractors are adapting to meet this need, including Dunwoody College of Technology’s Electrical Construction Design & Management (ECDM) program.

In 2015, Nick Bohl, Dunwoody Senior Instructor took over the ECDM program and wanted to incorporate more hands-on project management training. As the only two-year program of its kind in
Minnesota, it was vital that the curriculum of the ECDM program continue to provide what the industry needed. He reached out to former graduates of the program, and current Egan employees, for thoughts on improvements.

Initially, the program provided students an overview of the skills needed to tackle complex electrical construction projects. With course topics on electrical installation, CAD, Revit, and cost estimation, the ECDM program provided students a theoretical overview of what it’s like to be on an electrical construction project team. But it was largely hands-off and taught more traditionally.

“Egan has a bit of a soft spot for Dunwoody,” said Dan Ford, Egan Company Project Systems Supervisor. “We hire many Dunwoody graduates, and it’s in our best interest to help them create the best possible designers, drafters, and project managers. If we help them, it helps the industry, which ultimately helps us.”

Ford graduated from the ECDM program in 2008, and Bohl sought his advice in helping to add improvements to the program. The goal was to provide effective, hands-on training so these future designers, estimators, and project managers are better prepared for the realities of the construction industry.

Egan has gone above and beyond to help. Their enthusiasm and knowledge greatly benefit the students, and I know I can trust them in helping to educate the next generation of this industry.

-Nick Bohl, Dunwoody College of Technology Senior Instructor

“In a classroom, there’s one right answer for everything, and it can cause culture shock when you realize it doesn’t really work that way in the real world,” Ford said. “Projects can go places you don’t expect, and that’s just the nature of construction.”

But just how do you provide more hands-on learning in a traditional classroom setting? Using an existing Egan project, Ford and Bohl worked together to show students how to take a project from estimating to design/drafting to budget control/analysis to commissioning – all with real hands-on work.

“It’s one thing to talk about construction in theory, but it’s another to see it in practice,” Bohl said. “Learning from experts who do this every day gives them a more realistic idea of what it’s like to work in this industry.”

In the new program, students complete a mock estimate and go on jobsite tours to provide a real-life example of how estimating, design, and drafting are applied to an actual construction project.

For Travis Northway, Egan Company Assistant Project Manager Intern, his experience at Dunwoody was invaluable. After graduating in May 2017, he attributes much of his success to the ECDM program and Egan’s active involvement in helping to train future industry leaders.

“The ECDM program really opened my eyes to all the opportunities available in the electrical industry,” Northway said. “Since the program is driven by input from the industry, the topics covered prepared me for what I’ve experienced since working at Egan. It also helped me discover my learning style, and apply
that at work. Despite not having a construction or electrical background, I feel the program helped me hit the ground running.”

With these improvements, the program creates better and stronger employees for the industry, and Egan will continue to collaborate with Bohl and Dunwoody to add more elements to the program every year.

*Pictured (above right) is Dunwoody’s ECDM Class of 2015