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Monday, July 1st, 2024

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 1, 2024) – Egan Company, a local specialty contractor and systems integrator, announced Jim Nonn, Chief Information Officer, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Egan Company’s Board of Directors.

“As Egan’s new Chairman, Jim brings a very unique perspective to the Egan Board of Directors,” said James Ford, Egan Company President & CEO. ”He has worked at Egan for over 25 years and has been part of our leadership team for many of those years. That deep experience gives him the insights to quickly see challenges we may be facing or opportunities we should be pursuing.” 

Since joining Egan’s IT group in 1998, Nonn has spearheaded the implementation of innovative technologies like server and desktop virtualization. His leadership and vision led to his appointment to the Board of Directors in 2016.

As Chairman of the Board, primary responsibilities will include leadership, governance, agenda setting, and meeting facilitation.

Alongside Nonn, Egan’s Board of Directors includes James Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer; Mike Tengwall, Senior Vice President; and Duane Hendricks, Board Member.

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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Angela Schmidt
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Continuing Education Opportunities for Electricians

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

During the day, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) Training Center provides apprenticeship training through classroom learning and hands-on labs to electricians looking to find their way into the field. After hours, however, the training center opens its doors to experienced electricians and field leaders who are wrapping up their day on the jobsite to gain additional instruction, training, and continuing education. 

Egan Company recently added these continuing education opportunities to trades professionals. In the past, there had been similar courses which were well-attended but had stopped during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In the fall of 2023, Egan’s Industrial Controls team sought to bring these courses back to their electricians to further refine their skills and provide new opportunities to learn and grow professionally. 

From Instrumentation and Control Drawings Print Reading (P&ID) to Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and basic motor controls, the monthly courses offered through JATC have given electricians hands-on experience working with projects they may not have a chance to otherwise, and have become popular among Egan electricians. 


The JATC courses typically start with classroom instruction, taught by JATC instructors. This part of the course brushes up on technical knowledge, refreshes the students on key concepts, and covers what they can expect to see when they get to the lab portion. For some, the material is a breeze, as they have recently completed their own apprenticeships or are using similar skills currently on the jobsite. Others find these courses to be a challenge, entering into unfamiliar territory due to not needing certain skill sets or knowledge in their field experience thus far. No matter where participating electricians are at, they find encouragement, collaboration, and support during these courses, and they enjoy refining their skills and improving themselves as skilled trades professionals. 

After the classroom part of the night, participants are treated to dinner, which gives everyone a chance to catch up and get to know each other better. Many electricians in these courses know each other from their apprenticeships, past jobs, and even past continuing education courses. 

Then comes the fun part: the lab portion of the evening. In the lab, electricians get hands-on practice applying their skills and what they just learned in the classroom. Practicing their skills in a controlled environment gives students the opportunity to talk things through without the pressure of completing the job or making a mistake that can set a project’s timeline back. Of course, safety precautions are still essential in the lab, but the risk is lower in a controlled environment, with power being shut off to each module until teams are ready to test their work. 

During the lab portion, JATC instructors and Egan employees are available to help, to troubleshoot, and to provide answers where needed. This is truly a collaborative, learning environment where electricians aren’t afraid to ask questions, help each other where they can, and share in their excitement when they complete their lab successfully. 


The ultimate goal of these continuing education courses is to improve the technical knowledge and skills of electricians working in the field. By working in a collaborative, controlled environment where they can touch up on different skill sets with like-minded teammates, Egan’s trades professionals can continue to learn and grow, bringing their new skills back to the jobsite. 

Some electricians find themselves attending month after month, while others seek out specific courses to refresh their skills. Most recently at the basic motor controls class, one electrician noted that he thought this topic sounded interesting, and that it had been a while since he worked on anything like this. No matter the topic, there is never a doubt whether or not these classes will fill up, with a few courses adding second dates due to popularity. Every month, attendance reaches capacity, from new students hearing about the courses to returning electricians looking for new challenges. 

Egan’s entire team, from administration professionals to trades professionals, is dedicated to continuously improving in order to be safe on the jobsite and to deliver best-in-class service and products to customers every day. 

Leading By Example: Jason Rosati

Thursday, January 4th, 2024
Jason Rosati

As a second-year student in Anoka Technical College’s Electrical Construction program, Jason Rosati, current Egan Company Vice President of Electrical Special Projects, was appointed to the Construction Electrician Advisory Committee. Since 1996, he has served on the committee and was elected by his peers to lead as chairperson in 2014. 

Rosati brings a variety of experience and industry knowledge to his role as chairperson of the committee: student, Electrician, Project Manager, Group Leader, and Vice President of Egan’s Electrical Special Projects team. His background helps in his role and the responsibilities he takes on, including assisting the department head, seeking input from the other members to develop meeting agendas, and facilitating the meetings twice a year at the college. 

The Anoka Technical College Advisory Committee is made up of members of the faculty, two student representatives, the Dean of Academics, Minneapolis JATC, Minnesota Electrical Association, and five electrical contractors. The committee meets twice a year to review curriculum, consult on class syllabi, discuss new and emerging trends in the industry, and support students as they prepare for a career as electricians. The group recently held mock interviews for students to prepare for their job search and receive feedback from industry veterans. 

Rosati has been a part of Egan’s Electrical team since 2002. He started working in the field as a Journeyman and Field Leader in commercial and light industrial work. He also worked as a Project Manager before becoming the Operations Manager for Egan’s Electrical Special Projects team. Now, serving as the Vice President of Electrical Special Projects, Rosati embraces innovation and uses his deep understanding of the industry to help move Egan forward.

“It is a great honor to be part of the Construction Electrician Advisory Committee,” said Rosati. “It means I am able to share my perspective of the industry, as my roles have changed since I walked these same halls, which has helped shape our current and future workforce. I hope to bring forth industry needs and trends for curriculum development to ensure graduating students have what they need to be successful in their future.”


Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

Each year, our commitment to customer care reaches new heights. A cornerstone of Egan Company’s workplace culture is the annual “Best Of Promises Kept” awards, which honor individuals who embody this unwavering dedication to our clients.

Throughout the year, we hear from customers of “Promises Kept,” testimonials of exceptional customer service delivered by Egan employees. At the end of the year, a select few of these stories are chosen for the “Best Of” award, recognizing those who have truly exceeded expectations.

James Ford, Egan Company President & CEO, alongside senior leaders presented the awards to the recipients. Honored employees gathered in a small group to celebrate their achievements. Congratulations to the Individual and Team Promises Kept Award winners! See the recognized stories below:

“I would just like to recognize Cory Reiser for his work on the Cherapa project in Sioux Falls. Cory is an incredible leader who truly cares for his people as well as others on the jobsite. He continually identifies potential safety issues and speaks up so they can be corrected right away. He is not afraid to hold people accountable when it’s necessary for job performance or safety related issues, and I truly appreciate this about him. Cory is without question the best sub-contractor foreman I have ever worked with.”

-Safety Manager at Journey Construction

“I just wanted to send a special thank you to the Egan team for the excellent job executing our process water pump swap this weekend. Your team worked diligently to overcome several unexpected hurdles and still completed the job on schedule! We are back up and running for work on Monday, so no lost time! The team went above and beyond working around the clock on Saturday to make sure the install was complete for the electricians and insulators by Sunday morning. Thank you again and we look forward to working with Egan on future projects!”

-Manager at a Confidential Manufacturer

Share your experience with us or submit a Promises Kept recognition story by visiting our Customer Feedback page.


Friday, November 17th, 2023
Paul Liveringhouse headshot

Paul Liveringhouse, Business Group Manager for Egan’s Outdoor Electrical Group, has been appointed to serve as Vice President of the Minnesota Utility Contractors Association’s (MUCA) Board of Directors.

MUCA is the leading voice for the underground construction industry. Their mission is to promote the underground utility industry by providing safety training, continuing education, scholarships, and legislative relations. Paul is joining nine other board members at MUCA.

Paul has been at Egan Company for over 20 years, with a breadth of experience and knowledge within the electrical industry, particularly in traffic management systems, road weather information systems, lighting, and signals.

“It is an honor to serve as Vice President of MUCA. This role will continue to help me build strong relationships in our industry. I will enjoy helping to guide the organization to benefit its members in regards to safety training, continuing education, and legislative relations. I hope to bring a different vision being the only electrical contractor on the board,” said Paul Liveringhouse.

Piquing Interest From The Next Generation: One Install At A Time

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Investing in the future workforce is essential to the success of the construction industry. Industry leaders, like Egan Company, are committed to opening doors for students to learn about the industry and explore potential careers. These opportunities are available everywhere – it is up to the next generation to see the potential and take advantage.


City Academy in St. Paul, Minn.

While completing a job at City Academy, Egan Company Electrician Cary Jensen unexpectedly found himself at the center of teaching when a group of students expressed curiosity about the electrical equipment installation he was completing. City Academy is a local alternative school for students ages 15-21 who have previously dropped out of school or have passed their traditional graduation year. The school’s goal is to aid students in at-risk demographics. Established in 1992, City Academy was the first charter school in the country and at the time approximately 25% of the students were homeless.

Investing the time, Jensen explained the installation process, from planning and safety to execution and testing. Focusing on safety, he brought his energized work tools and clothing for the students to see up close. The students asked thoughtful questions about the different types of electrical equipment, the safety precautions that need to be taken, and the career opportunities available in the trades.

“He was AWESOME – I had two [students] who were really interested and asking him questions . . . he also did a spectacular job on the install for the dust collector.  I can’t wait to finish assembly and start cleaning up the shop!”

Becky Kullman, Agricultural Education Teacher of City Academy shared.

Teachable moments often happen without much pre-planning. With an open and giving spirit, Jensen seized the opportunity which turned into a valuable learning experience for him as well. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and passion for electrical work with the students. Jensen, re-telling the story shares, “Becky the instructor asked me if I could say a little to her class about what I was doing.  I talked about series parallel circuits, which is what they’re going over in her class.  Eventually I began telling them about the apprenticeship program and a variety of careers available to them. If you’re the type that likes building or making stuff then a career in electrical is like having a golden ticket to a future with purpose, health insurance, an automatic retirement plan, and fun.”

Egan’s purpose statement reads, “With passion and pride, we build better lives and communities – together.” Cary supported this with the belief that by educating and recruiting students from a variety of backgrounds, we can build a strong and diverse workforce that will help us to continue to grow and succeed.


It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers. In order to meet the demand for new construction and renovations, the industry needs to recruit and train new workers. Committed to this effort, Egan has partnered with local schools, programs like Lake Street Works which set students up with a baseline of trades knowledge, and offers apprenticeship programs.

By teaching students about the construction industry and providing them with opportunities to learn from experienced workers, Egan is helping build the workforce of tomorrow. Jensen’s experience at this local alternative school is a great example of this commitment. By educating students about the different trades involved in construction, Jensen helped to plant the seeds for future careers in the industry.

Sharing Egan’s Expertise At Southeastern Food Processors Association

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Discussing the benefits of automation control, Egan Company Controls Engineer, Morgan Barth presented during a breakout presentation at the 2023 Southeastern Food Processors Association (SFPA) Annual Convention. 

Barth discussed the challenges facing the industry today, noting that the key benefits of automating food processing include lower operating costs, enhanced safety, minimized human error, data-driven insights, and compliance with regulations. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session where attendees were able to pose their questions to Barth.

The food processing industry is facing a number of challenges, including the need to produce safe, affordable, and sustainable food. The future of food processing will be transformed by new technologies and the growing demand for personalized food products.

For more information on controls, visit our Controls page.


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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Media Contact:
Angela Schmidt
Marketing Communications Manager  //  763-504-3471

Amin Rahimi Appointed to North Central Electrical Engineering Society

Thursday, May 25th, 2023

Amin Rahimi, Egan Company Senior Electrical Engineer and PE, has been appointed to the North Central Electrical Engineering Society (NCEES) Board of Advisors. 

NCEES is dedicated to advancing electrical construction design and application. NCEES is an affiliate of the North Central Electrical League, NCEL. There are six people on the board of advisors. 

Rahimi is a professional engineer with Egan’s electrical team. His attention to detail and belief in building strong working relationships with clients ensures successful projects time and time again. 

“I am honored to join this esteemed board and look forward to collaborating with great members who have operated as an educational organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of electrical construction design. I look forward to contributing my skills and experience to help drive our mission forward,” states Rahimi.

Erin Neils Recognized As Minnesota Lawyer In-House Counsel Honoree

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

Erin Neils, Egan’s General Counsel, has been recognized by Minnesota Lawyer Publication as an In-House Counsel honoree. 

Minnesota Lawyer’s In-House Counsel Awards recognize individuals who work through complicated contract negotiations, defend their companies through litigation, and much more. There were 16 individuals recognized in 2023 and honored at an award ceremony in April. 

Neils has been with Egan for eight years. Prior to her time at Egan, Neils worked at a local law firm. She handles all things from contracts to employment law to corporate acquisitions and beyond. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers in the legal community for my work. I’m proud that I’ve been able to effectively support my colleagues at Egan and that my efforts have not gone unnoticed by others in our industry,” stated Neils.