Archive for December, 2017

Video Series: We Are Egan Iron Workers

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

With a wide array of specialty trades and services, it’s not uncommon to hear our customers say, “I didn’t know Egan did that!” Over the next year, we’re highlighting our skilled tradespeople and the wide scope of offerings our company provides.

In November, we showcased Egan Millwrights. Now, the spotlight is on the Iron Worker trade. Take a minute to watch and learn more about Egan’s skilled Iron Workers.


We Are Egan – Nick Sexton

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

“I’ve learned to embrace and enjoy the daily problem-solving aspect of my job. Though challenging at times, it’s fun to watch a project come together from start to finish.”

Meet Nick Sexton, Sheet Metal Field Leader who has been with Egan for nine years.

When he isn’t working, Nick enjoys spending time with his family at their cabin up north. He loves to be outdoors – mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and clearing their property are a few favorite activities.

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


Thursday, December 21st, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 21, 2017) – Egan Company, a Brooklyn Park specialty contractor, announced the promotion of Mark Broadwater to Vice President. In this role, Broadwater is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, financials, and overall strategy and business development for the building automation, technology integration, and service teams.

Broadwater has over 22 years of experience in the electrical and construction industry, and joined Egan this fall. Throughout his career, he has held many roles including: Low-voltage Technician, Project Manager, General Manager, Vice President, and President of All Systems Installation, Inc. He has experience in the healthcare, financial, and education industries, and has worked closely with Wells Fargo and Mayo Clinic for many years. He graduated from Riverland Community College with a degree in Electrical Construction.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal highlighted Broadwater’s promotion in its People on the Move feature.

About Egan Company
Egan Company is a privately-owned, specialty contractor providing building trades to general contractors, engineers, building owners, property managers, and facility engineers. Specialties include: electrical, mechanical, curtainwall/glazing/metal panels (InterClad), millwrights, building technology, controls and system integration, and 24/7 service. Egan serves every stage of a building and provides in-house expertise in planning, design and engineering, construction, and maintenance.

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Recognizing Exceptional Customer Service

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Egan Company prides itself on keeping our promises to customers – including the promise to provide exceptional customer service. Each year, employees that demonstrate outstanding customer service are honored and recognized with the Promises Kept Eagle Award. This year, six employees were recognized by the Advanced Pain Management Clinic in Mankato for their work.

Congratulations to Justin Brandt, Keith Habeck, Matt Marchiafava, Tom Oines, Joe Olander, and Jim Patten for the outstanding work and service provided on this project.

Thank you again for the seamless installation of the new HVAC system at our site. The planning that went into the project was extensive and I appreciated meeting with you and the D.J. Kranz team ahead of time. From start to finish, any concerns we had were thoroughly addresses. Your team was always efficient, professional, and completed the upgrade on time with no disruptions. It was a pleasure working with Egan Company.

– M. Nelson, Mankato’s Advanced Pain Management

Marked by Growth, Powered by Faith

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Fortunate. The word Jim Malecha uses most often to describe his 38-year career – a career that has been dedicated to growth, integrity, and exceptional leadership. Now, after 18 years at Egan Company and an eight year tenure as President & CEO, Malecha will retire at the end of December.

Egan’s growth has come in part due to his dedication to people, collaboration with leaders, passion for the construction industry and, of course, hard work – a trait instilled in him since his childhood.

Being the oldest of six, Malecha was no stranger to helping his parents with odd jobs around their southern Minnesota hometown. Painting houses was a side job both his parents did as a way to earn extra income for the children to attend the local Catholic school.

“Since I was old enough to hold a paint brush or scraper, I remember helping paint,” said Malecha. “My dad would get home from his day job as a postal worker, we’d all get packed up in the car, and go to whatever job was next.”

Though he had a memorable childhood, Malecha always felt a desire for something bigger. He knew he wanted to put himself in a position where he could take risks in building his career – something he saw his parents pass up many times.

After he graduating from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a degree in accounting, he began his career as a staff accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, an audit, tax, and consulting firm. It was here that he discovered his passion for leadership and became determined in his pursuit of reaching a company leadership role.

Shaping a leadership style

It wasn’t long before he got his first managerial-type role and began learning the ins and outs of leading people.

Malecha recalls a pivotal point early in his career at McGladrey where he questioned whether he was built to be a leader after receiving critical feedback from a manager that his leadership style was “too demanding”. It was a conversation that changed his direction on how he worked with people and has stayed with him ever since.

“It wasn’t that I was treating people poorly… I was driven and expected everyone else to be the exact same way,” said Malecha. “After this, I started to understand that we’re all a little different and have different things that motivate us.”

 Opportunity in Las Vegas

As he advanced at McGladrey and became partner, an opportunity in Las Vegas relocated him, his wife Corinne, and their infant son, Dan, out west. It was there that the Malecha’s welcomed their second child, Lauren. With two young children, the late nights and early mornings of his job began to wear on the family.

“In Las Vegas, my career really took off. I worked the hardest there that I’ve ever worked in my entire life. But, that meant I was never home,” said Malecha. “This was difficult on my family life and I knew something had to change.”

After waiting for a new opportunity to open within the firm, he received the call of which he had hoped. McGladrey wanted him to lead the Construction and Real Estate group in Minneapolis. The timing was “impeccable.”

Transitioning to Egan Company

In running the Construction and Real Estate team, Malecha worked closely with Egan Company. Egan was a customer of his and he had formed strong relationships within the company. Three years in, he had no intention of leaving his current position; however, Egan’s CEO and CFO were both retiring. He was approached about filling the CFO role as well as becoming an owner and partner of the company – an opportunity he knew he had to take.

Malecha worked for the next ten years as CFO and transitioned into the President & CEO position after Craig Sulentic retired in 2009.

Throughout his time at Egan, he has overseen 12 successful mergers and acquisitions which has brought on new business and expanded Egan’s market to include additional trades and specialty services and more office locations. Malecha has helped to combine five separate Twin Cities offices into two, beautifully renovated buildings, and expanded Egan’s prefabrication shops. Lastly, the company has grown by more than 100% under his helm.

Malecha’s commitment to growth has been a huge marker of his time at Egan. But, even more so is his commitment to things less tangible like being intentional about having work-life balance, prioritizing people over profits, and his vow to live his faith through his actions.

Inspiring a faith-based, work-life balance

Work-life balance is easier said than done for some, but he has remained true to his promise to maintain it. Furthermore, he has been diligent with instilling his family-first approach into his leadership style and the culture of Egan.

“My philosophy is that you need both your family life and your work life to go well at the same time to have a good life,” said Malecha. “I hope we’re a company that can work with people to balance both of those areas and that all of our leaders model this as well.”

Providing an environment where people feel happy and safe while at work is something that has always been important to him. Helping to take care of over 1,000 Egan employees by providing them with good jobs remains his motivation after nearly 20 years.

Another priority is his dedication to his faith which has helped him through many hard times, both in business and his personal life. Even before the busiest of days start, he takes time to do a devotional, read a chapter in the Bible, and pray for wisdom along with the safety of everyone at Egan.

Malecha’s faith has regularly given him insight into understanding the bigger meaning behind some of life’s “why” moments and unquestionably shaped his values and ethics. He also credits his marriage and his family for making his faith walk stronger over the years.

“My hope is that I’ve lived my faith through my actions so much that people might ask, ‘what’s behind that?’ And, what’s behind that is my faith,” said Malecha.

The vision for Egan and future Egan leadership

Though he has overseen a tremendous amount of change while leading Egan, Malecha believes the company’s best days are still ahead.

“Egan will continue to be an integrated organization where we are serving customers with the diverse offerings we have,” said Malecha. “No one else can offer what we can and our goal is to simply make our customers’ lives easier.”

Leading this direction beginning January 1, 2018 as President & CEO is Duane Hendricks, Egan’s Chief Operating Officer. Hendricks has over 30 years of experience in the construction and contracting industry and is a hands-on leader in planning and execution.

Since joining Egan in 2002, Hendricks and Malecha have worked together steering Egan through its growth and change while maintaining the highest level of integrity and service to Egan’s customers and employees.

He is confident Hendricks will forward Egan’s vision and continue to provide opportunities – just like the opportunities Malecha feels fortunate to have received throughout his life and in his successful career.

Upcoming Twin Cities Events Drive DAS Technology

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

In today’s social media driven world, everyone has a platform to share their in-the-moment experience. And, with the millions of visitors set to visit the Twin Cities over the next few years for Superbowl LII in February, the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship in 2019, and a growing amount of concerts and special guests, the need for reliable cell phone service from carriers is vital.

Minneapolis and the rest of the Twin Cities have been preparing for the influx of cell phone service needed during these large events by installing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). DAS technology is utilized to cover isolated areas within a large building that have poor cell phone coverage.

“A few of the Downtown buildings where we’ve installed DAS include the Fifth Street Towers, the U.S. Bank Plaza, the U.S. Bank Tower, the Minneapolis Armory, the Mall of America parking ramps, and one of the DoubleTree hotels,” said Rob Stanley, Egan Company Account Manager. “With these buildings investing in DAS, cell phone users have a better chance of having full service during these monumental events and experiences.”

The distribution of cell phone service throughout a building is completed by two methods. One, a carrier orders a circuit to enter the building via fiber optic in a specified location. Or, two, a carrier will authorize the signal to be captured via a donor antenna. This assembly is typically placed on the rooftop and aimed at the nearest outdoor cell tower. The signal is then brought into the building and distributed to antennas.

All of the major cell phone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, can utilize the same DAS system. Each carrier shares the device and has its own antenna and receiver which transmits the service to their expectant customers.

Beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul, Egan’s team has installed numerous DAS systems at the Mall of America as they prepare for increased visitors during the holiday seasons and the large sporting events. The Mall of America alone has 54 DAS circuits installed in the parking ramps which include six antennas each that allow for an uninterrupted experience as they visit the venue.

“Visitors of the upcoming major events will now be able to share their amazing experiences with all of their social media followers,” said Stanley. “And have full, reliable service where DAS is installed!”

Egan Company technicians have completed the required training and certifications to install, terminate, and commission DAS Systems. They are fully certified in PIM and Sweep Testing used to commission DAS Systems.


We Are Egan – Paul Hartman

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Meet Paul Hartman, an Electrical Field Leader who has been with Egan for over 10 years.

Paul’s favorite way to spend the weekend is being in the great outdoors. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, fishing, camping, and many other activities. “My happy place is the outdoors where I find serenity. It also helps me return to work recharged on Monday morning!”

Another fact about Paul is that he has been a volunteer for over 25 years for clubs such as Capable Partners, an organization that provides hunting, fishing, and related opportunities for the physically challenged, and Muskies Incorporated, an organization focused on improving the sport of musky fishing.

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

Attn: Calling All Old Phone Services

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Your building’s reliance on analog phone services could be costing  you money — and risking the integrity of your communication in an emergency.

What’s your other option? IP/Cellular Communicators continue to replace old phone technologies and will also continue to grow in 2018. Egan’s trained technicians can test current systems, provide recommendations, and install IP/Cellular Communicators in your building.

Many advantages with this new communication system include:

  • COST SAVINGS: see a return on investment in a short period of time with no more monthly landline costs
  • RELIABILITY: accurate monitoring and diagnostics — connection check frequently throughout the day instead of once every 24 hours
  • TIMELY: upgrades can be completed in one day

Ready to upgrade your building? Call 763.762.5636 or email us at

Bringing Holiday Joy by Donating Toys

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Employees are helping give the gift of Christmas to children less fortunate through this year’s Egan Company Toy Drive. With a goal of 1,200 toys in mind, employees dropped off their donations at Egan’s Christmas Party on December 6.

Attending the event on behalf of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation were two representatives who greeted employees and accepted the toy donations. Additionally, Egan employees will be featured on KARE 11 on December 7 to announce the grand total of 1,311 toys that will be given to children in our local community.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation’s goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Thanks to Toys for Tots for providing for those in need.


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 5, 2017) – Egan Company, a Brooklyn Park specialty contractor, announced James Ford, Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to the Egan Company Board of Directors.

“James’ experience and background in finance is invaluable to Egan, our employees, and our customers,” said Jim Malecha, Egan Company President & CEO. “He provides unique insight and expertise in strategic management and will be a great addition to our board.”

Ford joined Egan Company as Chief Financial Officer in February after 15 years in public accounting. He provides leadership overseeing Egan’s accounting, human resources, and legal functions, as well as acts as an advisor to all lines of business. Additionally, Ford is on the Board of Directors for Minnesota-based nonprofit, Dads Make a Difference.

Ford joins four other members on Egan’s board, including Jim Malecha, outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer, Duane Hendricks, Chief Operating Officer/incoming President & CEO, Tim Woolworth, Senior Vice President, and Jim Nonn, Chief Information Officer.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal highlighted Ford’s promotion in its People on the Move feature.

About Egan Company:

Egan Company is a specialty contractor that represents over 15 skilled trade unions serving virtually every infrastructure discipline in the industry. Core services include: electrical, mechanical, curtainwall/glass (InterClad), millwrights, controls and system integration, building automation, and service. Egan serves every stage of a building and provides in-house expertise in planning, design, engineering, construction, and maintenance.

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Media Contact:
Jessica Johnson   //   763-595-4310