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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.

Ross Noak Appointed To Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association Board

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Ross Noak, Egan Company Senior Vice President, has been appointed to the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association’s (MMCA) Board of Directors.

The MMCA strives to promote high quality workmanship, protect public health, and maintain harmonious business relationships. In total, there are ten members on the MMCA Board of Directors

With over 25 years in the construction industry, Noak is at the helm of our Mechanical business. Spending over a decade in the field as a tradesman and over a decade in the office, he knows the industry through and through. 

It’s my privilege to get the opportunity to serve this great organization alongside great people that have helped lead and direct the piping and plumbing industry in Minnesota. A goal of mine is to make sure we keep up with ever changing industry demands and technology.

– Ross Noak, Senior Vice President

Egan Company Appoints Mike Tengwall to the Board of Directors

Monday, January 9th, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 9, 2023) – Egan Company, a local specialty contractor and systems integrator, announced Mike Tengwall, Senior Vice President, has been appointed to the Egan Company Board of Directors

“Mike has been a key leader at Egan Company for nearly a decade and has helped grow the business in a significant way,” said James Ford, Egan Company President & CEO. “Mike leads with our core values, a focus on people, and has a keen ability to find the details that lead to better outcomes. I look forward to having his talents and insights on Egan’s Board of Directors.”   

Tengwall has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry, with over 15 of those being at Egan. Throughout his career, he has held many roles including: Electronic Technician, Electrician, Master Electrician, Project Coordinator, Electrical Specialist, Project Manager, Group Manager, Business Leader, and Senior Vice President. His experience includes working with various building owner customers including Michael Foods, Andersen Corporation, Ford Motor Company, as well as numerous general contractors. He graduated from Brown College with a degree in Electronics Technology.

Tengwall joins four other members on Egan’s Board, including James Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer; Jim Nonn, Chief Information Officer; Duane Hendricks, Chairman; and Tim Woolworth, Advisor.

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

Marketing Communication Manager  //  763-504-3471

Egan Company Elects Vice Presidents

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 8, 2022) – Egan Company, a local specialty contractor and systems integrator, announced the promotion of four key leaders to the level of vice president including Brian Harren, Jessica Johnson, Grant Price, and Jason Rosati.

“It’s an exciting time at Egan Company and for these four individuals,” said James Ford, Egan Company President & CEO. “Each of these leaders have been strong contributors and I’m confident they will continue to help guide us towards new levels of success. I look forward to supporting them as they take on these new roles as we drive towards redefining the customer experience in our industry.”

Brian Harren, Vice President and Director of Engineering, took on a new role of overseeing the electrical engineering, design, and fabrication teams. With over 30 years of experience in engineering, Harren’s new position provides an opportunity to drive innovation at a higher level. He joined Egan in 2011, and holds an associates degree in electronics technology from Dunwoody College of Technology.

Jessica Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, moved into this new position dedicated to influencing the success of Egan’s strategic growth and business objectives. With a key focus on leading the development and execution of strategic initiatives, Johnson will provide organizational leadership to strengthen partnerships and market position. She joined Egan in 2014 as the Director of Marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Grant Price, Vice President and Industrial Controls Group Manager, is responsible for overseeing the industrial controls team at Egan and is a key player in the growth and development of the electrical and system integration function in new markets. Price joined Egan in 1998 and has held roles as Operations Manager, Project Manager, and electrician. He holds degrees and training in electrical construction and controls from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical Institute, and St. Paul Technical College.

Jason Rosati, Vice President and Electrical Special Projects Operations Manager, oversees the special projects team at Egan and contributes leadership and strategy to large organizational efforts at Egan. With 25 years of experience in the electrical industry, Rosati has spent his career in operations as an Operations Manager, Project Manager, and electrician. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University and a degree in electrical construction from Anoka Technical College.

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 Communication Manager  //  763-504-3471

Chairman Duane Hendricks Recognized by National Electrical Contractors Association

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

As part of Egan Company’s commitment to the ever-changing industry, employees stay actively involved with NECA, the National Electrical Contractors Association. According to NECA, electrical contractors count on NECA to deliver the resources that help them make better business decisions, provide excellent customer service, and take advantage of innovative technology. One of the many ways NECA is “the voice of the electrical construction industry” is through regional and national meetings. 

Earlier this month, Egan Chairman of the Board, Duane Hendricks, was honored as an inductee into the Academy of Electrical Contracting. One of the highest honors in the industry, Fellows for the Academy of Electrical Contracting are chosen based on the contributions they’ve made to the association and the greater industry. Having spent years in various leadership positions of the NECA Minneapolis Chapter, Hendricks is still involved in his retirement. 

“This came as a huge surprise to me as inductees don’t apply, but rather are secretly nominated and put through a 2-year review and acceptance process. It’s a great honor to be selected into this group of highly distinguished individuals who were selected for their commitments and contributions to the industry. It truly was a surprise and pleasure to be recognized for my commitment to the industry as I’ve never worked for an award, but instead I always provided help where there was a need, with the hope of leaving the industry in a better place,” stated Hendricks.

Eight inductees were installed on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the Opening Session of the NECA Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. When asked what he is looking forward to, Hendricks said “as a member of this group, I will continue to participate in industry studies and am looking forward to helping improve our industry for the future while networking with others.”

Building Community Through CEO Build Day

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

In support of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, local CEOs across the industry joined together for “CEO Build Day” where they spent the day building, networking with others, and discussing ways to impact the communities around us for years to come.

Egan Company President &CEO, James Ford volunteered alongside 17 local leaders to participate in a building project in North Minneapolis. These Twin Cities leaders contributed their time in the daylong event.  Their impact was seen in a North Minneapolis home.

“Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is always a great experience. There is something special and tangible about helping to help build someone’s future home. On top of that, being part of the CEO build day and volunteering alongside business leaders in our community made it all the more rewarding.”

President and CEO James Ford

At the root of our purpose at Egan Company, we believe in building better lives and communities – together. Throughout the year, we make a purposeful effort to provide opportunities for our people to make a difference in the local community, including volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland, Bikes4Kids, Fishing for Life, and many others.

This is the 21st annual CEO Build event organized by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit that seeks to provide a stable, safe home for everyone in the community. For more information on Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, visit their website.

Project Manager Named Top Women in Construction Finalist

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Shannon Kangas was recently named a finalist of the Finance & Commerce 2022 Top Women in Construction awards. Kangas is a Project Manager working within Egan Company’s Industrial Controls team and was nominated for the “Outstanding Project Management/Estimating” category, based on her high performance and going above and beyond for the industry and community. 

Kangas began her career in the AEC industry as a part of Local Union 292 in 2000. During this time, her interest piqued and she knew she wanted to stay in the industry, attending Minnesota State University – Mankato where she studied Electronic Engineering Technology. She has served in various roles in the industry including Electronic/HVAC Technician and Application/Controls Engineer before landing in the role she holds today, as a Project Manager for Egan’s electrical control panel manufacturing business unit. She continues to exceed the standards in this role by managing customer accounts and major vendors as well as up to seven panel shop technicians that produced 3,134 electrical control panels last year alone. Not only a star in her field, Shannon is an assistant coach for the Andover High School Girls Hockey team, who recently competed in its fifth consecutive state tournament. 

This is the third annual Top Women in Construction awards that Finance & Commerce has presented, recognizing the impact women make daily on the construction industry across the state of Minnesota. The Top Woman in Construction was awarded on May 12. Congratulations to Shannon and all of the other local women who were nominated! 

For more information and to see all winners, visit Finance & Commerce.

Local Impact Through Water’s Off

Monday, March 28th, 2022

In Minnesota, March 26th marked the 28th annual “Water’s Off” event where local union plumbers donated their time to provide proper plumbing maintenance and repair to those in need while raising awareness of water conservation. In 1994, the local unions were looking for ways to spread awareness of the importance of preserving water. They quickly found that often those who had the highest water bills were those who couldn’t afford their bills, nor the necessary maintenance and repair of the residential plumbing systems. To fill this need, “Water’s Off” was formed, partnering with trades personnel and contractors to access necessary resources. Now, one Saturday every spring, local union plumbers donate their time to help those in need.

Dave Lillback, one of Egan Company’s Plumbers was able to donate his time and use his Egan truck to participate in the event alongside many other union plumbers. Lillback has been involved in the event since 2005. “It’s a really cool opportunity to give back to the community while breaking the stigma of the union trades.” says Lilliback. “We’re able to help people who really are deserving.”

According to the Minnesota Pipe Trades website, on average 130 volunteers participate. While the event started locally in Minnesota, it has since spread to other locations as well. In the fall, local pipefitters volunteer in a similar event called “Heat’s On” that provides those in need with furnace repairs. 

For more information on the event, visit Minnesota Pipe Trades.

20 Questions with our CEO James Ford

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

This spring, we welcomed James Ford into the role of President & Chief Executive Officer, following recently retired Duane Hendricks’ leadership succession. Previously, James served as both President and Chief Financial Officer. He also joined the Board of Directors in 2017. We sat down with James for a little “20 Questions” to get to know him better.

In one statement, what do you do at Egan? 

“Create teams with a focus on long-term success”

What’s your favorite part about working at Egan? 

“Hands down…’s our amazing people.”

What unique skills or strengths do you bring to your role? 

“I have a natural tendency to be focused on the future, which leads me to be curious and ask a lot of questions about what we should do next, how we can accomplish it, and who can help us.”

When you aren’t at work, what do you enjoy spending your free time doing? 

“I love to play golf and spend time on the water with my family.”

What advice would you have for future leaders in the industry? 

“You will likely master the technical skills you need fairly early in your career; then invest your time in learning how to communicate effectively, ask great questions, build relationships, create consensus, and how to see things from someone else’s point of view.”

What is the most memorable moment you had with a client or customer in the last 20 years? 

“I enjoy meeting with customers when we don’t have an active project with them because then the conversations are less about the current situation and are more focused on how we can build a better long-term relationship with them.”

What’s your educational background look like? 

“Bachelor of Science in Accounting from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.”

What’s one word you would use to describe the Egan team? 


If your life was a movie, what genre would it be? 

“Action with some comedy.”

What’s your favorite Minnesota season? 


What’s your favorite way to stay active? 

“Walking 18 holes”

How many years of industry experience do you have? 

“If you count my early years helping my dad install flooring, it would be 30 years of experience. Professionally I have been working with contractors for 22 years.”

Where is your hometown?

“Moorhead, Minnesota”

Best vacation you’ve ever been on? 


What was your first job? 

“I worked the meat counter at a grocery store”

What’s the best part of your work day? 

“Connecting with individual team members”

Who do you look to for inspiration/mentorship? 

“Simon Sinek”

What’s your favorite board game? 


Something that you’re extremely competitive about? 


What game show do you think you’d have the best chance at winning? 

“Price is Right”