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Reflecting on 75 years as a local commercial contractor

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

There’s craftsmanship in the trades. A plan comes to life. A team creates a piece of history. This is why we love what we do. Working with customers. Taking care of every detail. Leading the way. Insisting on safety. Keeping promises. All to ensure every single project is seamless. We do it with passion, we do it with pride, we do it for each other. One for all—one source.

Joseph Egan with sons Bill and Costney

The story of Egan Company is one of grit and growth. Before our 12 trades, nearly 1,000 employees, and countless customers, there was one man in a single room pipe shop on the Northern Minnesota Iron Range. In 1905, Joseph Egan was ready to put his dreams into motion. While his new business slowly grew, the country and the world were unsettled. Change was coming, war was on the horizon, building materials were short, and enlisting was the expectation. The small business would eventually have to wait. After ebbing and flowing for decades between serving our country and raising a family, the dream of running a business full-time was restored. And in 1945, as World War II was ending, Joseph and his sons used $3,000 and opened their doors in the Twin Cities. Egan and Sons Plumbing and Heating Company was officially founded.

Innovators by nature, the mission of our founders is still very much a part of today – delivering high-quality craftsmanship and innovative solutions while upholding the promises we make to our customers. This framework has helped us grow, kept us safe, and has played a fundamental role in the tens of thousands of projects we’ve touched in our community, across Minnesota, and throughout the greater Midwest.

Seventy-five years later, we too are navigating an unsettling landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us great challenges, but also a new perspective and much progress. In many areas of our lives, disruption has been inevitable. But we’ve held onto that disruption as an opportunity to build for the future by slowly evolving our business to strengthen and get lean, elevate the customer experience, and drive steady growth. We’re experiencing a time in history that’s required flexibility and pivots to meet the needs of our customers and communities—as well as maintain the health and safety of our employees and their families.

We want to thank you for being a part of the Egan Company family. It’s because of you, we love what we do. Cheers to 75 years! 

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Celebrating 70 Years of Project Expertise

Monday, December 14th, 2015

From the historic W Minneapolis – The Foshay to the modern Metro Transit Light Rail System, the partnerships and projects that make up Egan Company’s 70 years of local business are too numerous to mention. We are proud to contribute to the great state of Minnesota, and we plan to continue working to create more meaningful relationships and projects for years to come.

LightRailTBTMetro Transit Light Rail Systems

After providing electrical work on the Hiawatha Light Rail (Blue Line) project running from Target Field to Mall of America, Egan was asked to provide electrical services for the Central Corridor Light Rail (Green Line) project. Stretching 11 miles and linking Downtown Minneapolis to Downtown St. Paul, this is the largest public works project in state history. Pictured is University Avenue in 1957 and today.

Photo Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

W Minneapolis – The Foshay

Once the tallest building in Minnesota, The Foshay was constructed in 1929. Since then, it has undergone many renovations, including being converted into a 32-story “W” hotel. During this renovation, Egan provided Design/Build electrical work, fire alarm, security, and close circuit TV monitoring for the hotel. The hotel also receives ongoing maintenance from Egan.

AirportTBTMinneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

In 80 years, MSP Airport has undergone many changes. For a number of years, Egan has provided contracting services to the renovation and upgrading of the airport. Most recently, the airport installed new runway status lights, curtainwall/metal wall panels, and an open architecture building automation system. Pictured is the airport in 1962.

Photo Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

anokacountyTBTAnoka County Government Center

Many of Anoka County’s government offices are housed in the Government Center & Courthouse, a building where Egan installed the original building automation system, fire alarms, card access, and data cabling. Ongoing maintenance and upgrades are also provided for the building. Pictured is the Anoka County Courthouse in 1878 and the Government Center & Courthouse today.

Photo Credit: Anoka County Historical Society

IDS Center

Constructed in 1972, the IDS Center is the tallest building in Minnesota. Egan installed the mechanical systems when the building was first constructed. More recently, the IDS Center has utilized Egan to upgrade voice/data, fiber optic cabling, sound system, and provide ongoing maintenance throughout the building.

2014_WhippleFederalBuilding (4)Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building

The B.H. Whipple Federal Building has undergone many renovations. Most recently, a state-of-the-art geothermal mechanical heating and cooling system, solar roof array, and large hot water storage tanks were installed and tied into one building automation system; Egan’s InterClad team also replaced 720 windows. The building also receives ongoing building automation maintenance, and regular gas detection and backflow preventer testing from Egan.




Minneapolis Convention Center

Originally the Minneapolis Auditorium, the Convention Center was constructed in 1989, with Egan providing mechanical services on the project. Since then, Egan continually provides ongoing electrical services and maintenance to the 800,000 square foot complex. Pictured is the Minneapolis Convention Center in 1966 and today.

Photos Credit: Minnesota Historical Society and Tony Webster