Posts Tagged ‘community’

Advancing Hands-On Trade Experience with Lake Street Works

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Prior to this year, an after-school program that furthers career skills for high school students in South Minneapolis was unheard of. Seeing this gap, Jess Coykendall alongside others formed what would soon be known as Lake Street Works (LSW).

LSW serves the South Minneapolis community by providing seniors in high school with the opportunity to learn more about construction trades as well as general life skills. Many of the students in this urban area would otherwise not have access to these resources within their school or home life.


  • Students meet twice a week after school and are paid to attend (much like having an after school job)
  • At the end of the program, graduates of LSW will be equipped to either enter full-time employment, apply for an apprenticeship/specialty trade certification, or enroll in a post-secondary technical training program. 
  • The inaugural class of Lake Street Works will graduate in June 2023. 

Several Egan leaders, Kurt Johnson, ATS Director of Sales, Jason Rosati, Vice President of Electrical Special Projects, and Mike Tengwall, Senior Vice President of Electrical, were guest speakers to the class and shared about their experiences in the trades as well as answered any questions the students had.

Egan also donated work shirts and PPE for all of the students who are part of the LSW program. In the coming year, Egan’s Mechanical team will be working with Ryan Companies to assist in designing and building their new training center. 

For more information visit the Lake Street Works website.

Marching for a Mission

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Meet Kirk Marthaler, Vice President of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Veterans Committee for Local Union 292 and Egan Company electrician. As a Veteran, Marthaler has taken the time to share resources with his peers and others at Egan. He’s passionate about supporting Veterans in need. 

Last month on Veterans Day, Marthaler participated in a 22-mile march to raise money for three different 501(c)3 Veteran organizations (Veterans in the Outdoors (VITO), Soldier’s 6, and Invisible Wounds). Marthaler completed his 22 mile march around 9PM on Veterans Day.

“These three veteran organizations  have been advocates for Veterans in our community. Thank you for your support during this fundraiser,” shared Marthaler, “The money raised—not if but when—will save someone’s life.”

In support of Kirk Marthaler acting as a resource and advocate for Veterans at Egan and beyond, Egan made donations to these deserving organizations:

  • Veterans in the Outdoors (VTO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, veteran operated organization that provides service members the opportunity to experience a hassle free hunting/fishing adventure.
  • Soldier’s 6 is also a Minnesota based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9’s. Soldier’s 6 is named this because the service dog has it’s buddy’s “6” (or back).
  • Invisible Wounds Project is a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness and provide services to Minnesota’s military, first responders, front-line medical staff, corrections, dispatch, and their family as it related to mental health, PTSD and suicide.