Archive for June, 2021

What is a Life Safety System?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Emergency response systems are only effective if they are planned and implemented prior to an emergency. That in mind, the time to develop—or update—your emergency response system is now.


Life safety systems encompass a number of different elements that protect individuals inside the building. While fire-detection systems are a primary aspect, life safety systems can also account for smaller scale emergency events, such as power failures. Systems often stretch from fire alarms, sprinklers, fire suppression, and emergency lighting to security systems, access controls, and facility monitoring. 


Emergencies can occur at any moment. It’s important your facility has a system in place to ensure that everyone who occupies it remains safe.

Egan Company’s extensive experience in building safety will equip you with the most reliable technology to keep your facility occupants safe no matter the circumstance. We work alongside customers to provide customized solutions for the needs of your facility while addressing potential risks.


  • Addressable intelligent fire alarm control panels (stand-alone or networked)
  • Mass notification systems
  • 800 MHz first responder systems
  • Graphical user interface
  • Area of refuge systems
  • Applications for heavy industrial environments
  • Hardwired and wireless solutions
  • Gas detection
  • Emergency and standby power systems
  • Fire smoke dampers
  • Smoke control

We are Egan Control Panel Technicians

Friday, June 25th, 2021

Egan Company has provided control panel services since 2002. Our skilled technicians are members of Local Union 292. Our panels are used in a variety of industries, including food processing facilities, grain mills, canning lines, material handling and processing, packaging, plastic molding, concrete batching plants, and more.


Control panel technicians assemble, wire, and test electrical control panels in our UL 508A panel shop. Our technicians work closely with in-house control engineers who design schematics and layouts for each panel. By testing every panel, our technicians ensure the quality and performance of the panels before they leave the production facility. 

The panels built in our UL 508A panel shop are the brains behind our customers’ manufacturing or automated processes. These complex panels control everything from mixers, conveyors, and motors to pumps, lights, valves—and everything in between.


In case you missed our specialty trades video series, take two minutes to learn what our control panel technicians can do for your facility and space! These are the faces behind our products and services. Without their commitment to safety, innovation, and exceeding customer expectations daily, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

What is an Intelligent Building?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

The intelligent buildings that used to seem far fetched and futuristic have arrived. Building automation and system integration provide the “smart” buildings of which dreams are made.


Intelligent buildings improve the building environment by streamlining necessary tasks.  Systems throughout a facility work together to improve the overall accessibility, control, and security of the building. These multidimensional, interactive systems connect the heating and cooling controls, lighting controls, electrical/power distribution, security, occupancy, and emergency/safety systems, while monitoring energy consumption, predicting maintenance needs, and providing continual recommissioning to keep your facility operating as well as the the day the doors first opened. Building intelligence is easy to use on-the-go, often tablet driven by the end-user, on- or off-site.


This level of building intelligence allows you to manage your building with ease. It works one step ahead to accommodate the needs of a facility and those within it. It systematically meets the necessary demands required to provide convenience, comfort, and security.

Egan’s building automation team specializes in providing technology systems for the future. From network design and management to system integration and control, our team is ready to introduce you to your most innovative project yet. In-house engineers use the latest technology to customize the best solution for your facility. Our complete offering caters to wherever you are in the process, whether that begins from planning and engineering a new system or upgrading your existing system.


We are Egan Plumbers

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

In 1945, Egan Company was founded as a family-owned plumbing shop and these services have been a part of who we are ever since! Our plumbers are proud members of Local Unions 6, 15, and 34.  Egan plumbers work in many different facilities, including commercial and government, high-rise, industrial, manufacturing, and hospitals.


Plumbers install, maintain, and repair plumbing and pipe systems that carry liquids or gases. Every day looks different due to the variety of piping systems Egan installs, including water supply lines, natural gas, sanitary waste, storm drain piping, acid waste piping, RPZs, and medical gas systems. Plumbers often work with other Egan trades, which streamlines the overall project process. 


In case you missed our specialty trades video series, take two minutes to learn what our plumbers can do for your facility and space! These are the faces behind our products and services. Without their commitment to safety, innovation, and exceeding customer expectations daily, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Tomorrow’s Hybrid Workplace

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

New Take on the Previous Distributed Workforce

Employees and their families. Customers. Business partners. At Egan Company, people are at the helm of the changes we make and the innovative thinking that happens as part of our daily operations.

The past year presented us with a challenge – as a relation-based and essential business under new “work from home” orders, we had to find new means to operate with some employees on-site while others contributed remotely. This meant introducing remote work as an option for most traditional office employees. While this wasn’t a long-term plan initially, it shed light on the possibility of a hybrid workplace that may have otherwise been overlooked.

Naturally, when considering the post-pandemic future workplace of our traditional office, two factors drove us to rethink the status quo: listening to our employees and performance while working remotely. How would a long-term hybrid model work for a contractor and system integrator like Egan?

“When the pandemic forced many of our office employees to work remotely, we kept in close contact with them . . . and they shared the benefits they were experiencing by working remotely, but they also shared the collaboration they missed by working at the office,” says James Ford, Egan Company Chief Financial Officer. “This really started the discussion regarding the potential of a long-term hybrid workplace model. Secondly, we began to capture performance during the pandemic. Our teams were focused, communicative, and productive while working remotely. When we put the two factors together— that our people were happier and more productive in this new environment—it became clear that creating a hybrid model was the best choice to help carry Egan into the future.”


With the shift from short-term remote work to a long-term blended workplace, we are adopting a hub-and-spoke approach. The office will act as a hub—the central nervous system for a more widely distributed network of employees. Remote/satellite spaces where work is accomplished are Egan’s spokes, including jobsites, shops, customer facilities, and parked trucks and vans. “Home” is now an added option for some traditional office roles.

The majority of our Egan workforce will continue its work on jobsites, in the field, and in the shops. Much of our work cannot be completed remotely, similar to other essential work in industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. Trades employees must be at the jobsite or in the shops to perform their work and will continue to do so to deliver services to our customers.

The pandemic encouraged a newfound confidence that employees know where their work can be accomplished best, allowing a new sense of flexibility. “In our experience, the physical location of someone is of lesser importance,” said Mark Broadwater, Egan Company Vice President. “Some employees are most productive at the office, while others are most productive at home . . . by embracing a hybrid approach we’re giving the opportunity to do what’s best for their productivity. By allowing individuals a choice, they are able to create that space for themselves while feeling supported to do their best work.”


Adapting to a hybrid model looks different for everyone.  “While I miss the day-to-day interactions, working remotely has allowed me to focus more on my core jobs and tasks when needed,” said Jill Lancaster, Egan Company Estimator. “While I hope to start getting back into our customers’ offices or out to lunch with them as soon as restrictions ease, I have found that people are very receptive to a quick email or phone call to catch up, even if we are not talking about a specific project.” 

By embracing this hybrid model, Egan takes a unique position within our industry. Over the past decade, many industries have begun to adopt the concept of remote work, but the same cannot be said for the construction industry at large since much of the work cannot be done remotely. “We participate in a national peer group and have relationships with many local contractors as well. For the most part, the other companies in our industry are going back to the traditional office setting where employees are asked to be in the office,” Ford shares. “At Egan, we are going down a different path and see ‘hybrid’ as the workplace of the future. We are extending trust that our people know where they can most effectively get their work done, which may be at the office, at the job site, at the customer site, in our shops, or at home.”

Broadwater adds, “When I started working in the industry, we lacked communication as there were no computers or cell phones. Now, with all new communication methods, we communicate a ton. It’s all about communication. It doesn’t matter where we’re working; what matters is that we are communicating with our field staff, our customers, and our partners. To me, this change allows us to step up our communication.”

Many will return to the office in a full time or part time capacity this Fall. Nonetheless, Egan will remain the same. Our distributed workforce will continue to prioritize safety, community, collaboration, and personal connection. As a whole, tomorrow’s hybrid workplace model steps out boldly, and we’re confident that our employees will surpass the expectations of our customers and business partners no matter where they are physically located—site, shop, office, or home.

Further Reading:

Egan Company Twin Cities office consolidation, unified in Champlin

Egan Company Furthers Executive Leadership Succession

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Duane Hendricks to retire as President & CEO; James Ford promoted to President; Chris Keller joins as Chief Financial Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Specialty trades contractor Egan Company announced several leadership transitions as part of its planned executive leadership succession. On February 2, 2022, current President & CEO Duane Hendricks will step down from his current role; he will remain with Egan in the role of Chairman of Egan’s Board of Directors.

The Board appointed James Ford, Egan’s current Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to succeed Hendricks as President & CEO effective February 3, 2022. He will step into the role of President on June 16, 2021. Since joining Egan as CFO in 2017—bringing over 15 years of experience—Ford has been an integral part of the senior leadership team, Board of Directors, and strategic business partner to all business operating groups. Prior to Egan, he worked in public accounting as a Business Partner with Eide Bailly LLP providing accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services to clients in various industries.

“With James’ past construction experience and partnership since coming to Egan, he will continue to be a great asset and an innovative leader,” said Hendricks. “Having a strong understanding of our business, James connects well with each of our great leaders and customers. We are looking forward to his leadership and ideas to continue keeping our company viable, sustainable, and successful for the future!”

In addition to Ford’s promotion, Chris Keller assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as a new hire of the Company. His background includes over 20 years of experience in construction and finance and accounting leadership positions at Coborn’s, Minnesota Limited, and Sportech. Keller received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University and Master of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an active member of the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

“Egan Company has built a tremendous history over the last seventy-five years and I look forward to working with the entire team to help shape our future,” said Ford. “I am excited about how many tremendously talented people we have at Egan and our number one priority will continue to be our people. We will double down on our commitment to building a culture that attracts, retains, and invests in the development of a great team. Secondly, we will continue our focus on doing the right work where Egan can truly add value to our customers and the communities in which we work.”

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. For more information about Egan Company, visit

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What Checks Are Needed To Prepare Facilities Post COVID-19?

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people begin the transition back to working in office spaces. Building readiness becomes an important topic for many facility managers who will work to prepare facilities post COVID-19. What’s the best way to keep your occupants safe? What steps are needed to ready your building? While the answer to these questions looks different in every situation, we’re here to walk you through some of your options.


Building readiness as a whole stretches far beyond COVID-19 safety, but this concern requires more immediate attention. In this instance, preparation often addresses the utilization of spaces, measuring and controlling occupancy within a building, entry sites, and sanitation. The first step is assessing your options and creating a plan.


  • Readying mechanical and HVAC
  • Changing air filters
  • Bipolar ionization and air balancing
  • UV lighting
  • Low-touch or no-touch fixtures, switches/motion, sensors, doors, drawers, ADA door operators
  • Temperature screening or body thermal technology
  • Plexiglass shields

Even though the new normal may look different and can be confusing, Egan Company is here to be your resource through the transition considering equipment, systems, technology, and preventative maintenance. Safety is an integral part of our company values and we are happy to play a role in keeping your occupants safe. Connect with us to start creating your plan to prepare your facility post COVID-19.

Egan Company Consolidates Twin Cities Facilities Due To Long-Term Hybrid Work

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Building in Brooklyn Park pending purchase agreement with local medical device developer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Specialty trades contractor Egan Company announces the consolidation of its Twin Cities facilities in preparation for becoming a hybrid workplace.

Following a year of enabling remote work for many office employees—due to the COVID-19 pandemic and local Executive “Work from Home” Orders—the Company’s need for two office locations in the Twin Cities has decreased significantly. Its 126,000 square foot Brooklyn Park, Minn. facility is pending a purchase by a local medical device developer. This location has been Egan’s headquarters since 2003.

Egan’s Champlin, Minn. location will become the Company’s new headquarters and the designated hub for flexible workspace and collaboration. The 200,000 square foot space was purchased in 2015 and underwent a full renovation to fit business growth needs.  It currently houses 145 workspaces, fabrication shops, garage, and warehouse. 

Consolidation readiness renovations will take place within the Champlin facility over eight weeks and result in collaborative enhancements, new conversation rooms, a training center, additional breakroom, and outdoor recreation space. Over 60% of the existing workspaces will be converted to flexible/hybrid. An additional 27,000 square feet will be left unfinished to allow for additional office growth flexibility and shop expansion. The first phase of this consolidation of Egan’s Twin Cities offices will be complete by Fall 2021.

Employees will continue to work from locations that best fit their role and schedule, including jobsites, customer facilities, fabrication shops, or a home office. 

Egan also operates in a Southern Minnesota location in Rochester.

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. For more information about Egan Company, visit

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Excellence In Safety Earns Six Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards

Friday, June 4th, 2021

The Minnesota Safety Council awarded Egan Company with six Governor’s Safety Awards for achievements in occupational safety for 2020.

Four Outstanding Achievement Awards were earned, acknowledging continuous improvement with an Incidence Rate that is 51-90% better than the industry average. Two Meritorious Achievement Awards were also achieved, recognizing incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years.

This marks the 14th year in which Egan has received multiple Governor’s Safety Awards. Safety is a core value and always the number one priority at Egan. Our motto “Safety Brings You Home” represents our commitment to keeping employees safe at their jobsite 100% of the time.

To learn more about the Governor’s Safety Awards, visit the Minnesota Safety Council website. The Minnesota Safety Council has honored Minnesota employers that are committed to workplace health and safety since 1934.

Protecting Our Industry’s Future: Apprentice Safety

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

If you know Egan Company, you know we are committed to promoting teamwork, embracing innovation, acting with integrity, pursuing growth, and staying safe – every day on every job site. With these promises and values in mind, it’s clear why we care deeply about our apprentices and their safety. Across our Egan job sites today, we have approximately 126 apprentices.

We talked to Tony Leither, Egan Field Leader, about the importance of apprentice safety. “Apprentice safety is important [to me] because I was an apprentice at one time. I was taken care of and made sure to work safe. We need to take care of the future of our industry,” said Leither.


When an apprentice arrives at an Egan jobsite, they are given new-to-site orientation by their field leader. By doing this, the site leaders are able to reiterate instructions and directions given from office orientation and ensure everyone is on the same page. 

Leither adds, “We, as field leaders, need to be sure that we don’t assume anything when it comes to the safety of our apprentices on our job sites. It is our responsibility to give the proper instruction, and clear direction as to the safety expectations we have on our job sites.”

Working with apprentices regularly, Leither is currently working on the Southwest Light Rail Transit METRO Green Line Extension project. He would like all apprentices to know that “we care about their safety from the top down in this company. At Egan, we pride ourselves on practicing what we preach when it comes to safety.” Doing so, we are able to send each of our employees (apprentices included!) home, safe and healthy, at the end of every day. Safety first, safety always. Learn more about why safety is the foundation of Egan Company, by watching this short video .