Archive for September, 2023


Friday, September 29th, 2023

ROCHESTER, MN – Egan Company, a local specialty contractor and systems integrator, announced the promotion of Todd VerNess as Business Group Manager. In this leadership role, VerNess is responsible for overseeing operations and direction for Egan’s business in Southern Minnesota.

“We are excited to have Todd leading our business in Rochester,” said James Ford, Egan Company President & CEO. “We have a very strong and established team in this market, and with Todd’s experience and people-focused leadership style, we are looking forward to continuing to grow our presence in Southern Minnesota.” 

VerNess joined Egan in early 2023 with over 20 years of experience in the electrical and low voltage industry. He was previously in leadership roles at ArchKey/Parsons Electric and All Systems Installation. VerNess holds a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University.  

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 Does a Plumber Do Each Day? 

Monday, September 25th, 2023

In our daily lives, we rely on numerous systems of infrastructure to keep our businesses running smoothly: one of which is a plumbing system. Behind the scenes, there are skilled professionals who keep plumbing systems working and operating smoothly. Plumbers possess expertise and knowledge to ensure that installations, repairs, and maintenance of plumbing in new buildings, renovations, and remodels operate effectively for their inhabitants. A plumber’s work looks different everyday, especially in commercial settings due to the variety of piping systems installed. Work ranges from installation and repairs to maintenance and inspections, or even same-day emergency services. 


One of the primary responsibilities of a plumber is the installation and repair of plumbing systems. They work with intricate networks of pipes, fixtures, and fittings, ensuring proper connections and functionality. Plumbers carefully install and repair water supply lines, sewage systems, gas lines, and drainage systems, adhering to local building codes and safety standards. They are also responsible for the installation of medical gas systems in hospitals. Plumbers utilize a variety of tools and techniques to address leaks, blockages, burst pipes, and other plumbing emergencies efficiently.


Prevention is always better than cure, and plumbers play a vital role in maintaining plumbing systems to prevent major issues from arising. Regular maintenance checks are conducted by plumbers to identify potential problems before they escalate. They inspect pipes, drains, and fixtures, looking for signs of damage, wear and tear, or impending issues. By conducting routine inspections, plumbers can offer suggestions for maintenance, repairs, or replacements, ensuring optimal system performance.


Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time, often requiring immediate attention. Plumbers are available round the clock to respond to such situations. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a leak, or a malfunctioning water heater, plumbers tackle emergencies swiftly and effectively. 


Whether you have a plumbing need or if you are looking to learn more about a career in the trade, Egan Company is your go-to resource. Explore Egan’s Mechanical offerings further >


Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

In the world of automation and industrial control systems, there’s one component that plays a critical role in managing and controlling complex processes. This component is known as a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). A PLC is a special purpose computer employed in industrial processes to automate control systems. It is a rugged and reliable piece of hardware designed to withstand harsh industrial environments, making it ideal for use in factories, power plants, assembly lines, and other industrial settings. PLCs are primarily used to monitor and control machinery, equipment, and processes, facilitating efficient and precise operations. From PLC upgrades and installations to fabricating new I/O control panels and wiring, Egan Company is your resource when it comes to unmatched control system integration and engineering expertise.


PLCs consist of three primary components: a central processing unit (CPU), input modules, and output modules. The CPU acts as the brain, executing programs and coordinating the communication between inputs and outputs. Input modules are responsible for receiving signals from various sensors and switches, such as temperature sensors, pressure transducers, or limit switches, while output modules are responsible for controlling actuators, such as motors, solenoid valves, or relays. The PLC can also communicate with smart devices such as servo drives and VFDs.

The programming of PLCs is done using specialized software, allowing control engineers to create logic-based programs that define the behavior of the PLC. These programs are typically written using ladder logic, a graphical programming language that represents control circuits in a logical and intuitive manner. Additionally, PLC programming languages can include function block diagrams (FBD), structured text (ST), and sequential function charts (SFC).


PLCs offer several advantages over PC-based control, making them a preferred choice in industrial automation. Some key benefits of using PLCs include:

  • Flexibility: PLCs can be easily reprogrammed or modified to accommodate changes in the manufacturing process, making them highly flexible and adaptable.
  • Reliability: PLCs are built to operate in harsh environments with high levels of vibration, temperature fluctuations, and electrical noise. Their rugged design ensures reliable performance and reduces the risk of downtime.
  • Centralized Control: PLCs enable centralized control of multiple devices, eliminating the need for separate controllers for each machine or process. This centralized approach improves coordination of separate steps of a manufacturing process as well as simplifying troubleshooting.
  • Fault Detection and Diagnostics: PLCs provide advanced diagnostic capabilities, allowing for real-time monitoring and detection of faults. This feature aids in proactive maintenance and reduces downtime.

By providing reliable, flexible, and efficient control, PLCs have revolutionized industrial automation. When it comes to control system integration and engineering, Egan Company is your partner. Check out Egan’s Latest PLC Upgrade>

What is the Difference Between Industrial and Commercial Electrical?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Electrical infrastructure demands tailor electrical systems to suit unique requirements. The two domains, industrial and commercial, each have a distinct set of challenges and necessities. While both rely on electricity to power their operations, understanding the differences between industrial and commercial electrical systems is essential for professionals working in the field. As your resource in the electrical industry, Egan Company is an expert in both industrial and commercial electrical.


Industrial electrical systems are designed to cater to the complex demands of manufacturing plants, factories, and heavy industries. These settings typically involve large-scale machinery, equipment, and industrial processes that consume substantial amounts of power. Key features that differentiate industrial electrical systems:

  • Power Capacity: Industrial electrical systems are engineered to handle high power loads. They require robust infrastructure, including high-voltage substations, transformers, and switchgear, capable of managing substantial electrical currents.
  • Three-Phase Power: Industrial settings often employ three-phase power systems to distribute electricity efficiently. Three-phase power offers better performance for motor-driven equipment and provides a more balanced and stable power supply.
  • Motor Control: Industrial electrical systems frequently involve motor control centers (MCCs) to manage the operation of motors and associated equipment. MCCs enable centralized control, protection, and monitoring of various motors across the facility.
  • Hazardous Environments: Industrial environments may present hazardous conditions such as explosive atmospheres, high temperatures, or corrosive substances. Therefore, industrial electrical systems must comply with stringent safety regulations, employing specialized equipment like explosion-proof enclosures and intrinsically safe wiring.


Commercial electrical systems, on the other hand, cater to non-industrial environments, including office buildings, retail spaces, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities. While these settings may not have the same power demands as industrial sectors, they have their own unique requirements. Characteristics of commercial electrical systems:

  • Lighting and HVAC: Commercial spaces emphasize lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. These systems consume a significant portion of the energy load, and electrical infrastructure is designed to support their operation efficiently.
  • Single-Phase Power: Unlike industrial settings, most commercial electrical systems utilize single-phase power distribution. Single-phase power is suitable for lighter loads and is commonly used for lighting, small appliances, and general office equipment.
  • Outlets and Circuitry: Commercial spaces require ample electrical outlets to accommodate various electronic devices and equipment. Adequate circuitry planning is crucial to ensure proper distribution of power, prevent overloading, and maintain safety standards.
  • Fire and Life Safety Systems: Commercial buildings incorporate fire alarm systems, emergency lighting, exit signs, and other life safety measures. These systems must be integrated into the electrical infrastructure to ensure the safety of occupants during emergencies.

Distinctions between industrial and commercial electrical systems is crucial for electrical engineers, contractors, and facility managers, as it enables them to design, install, and maintain electrical infrastructure tailored to the unique demands of each sector. At Egan, leading electricians have worked on thousands of electrical construction projects. Whether your requirements entail low voltage solutions or solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, we proudly stand as the preferred contractor for your needs.