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Craving Challenges
MINGER HAS A REPUTATION FOR TAKING ON CHALLENGING AND COMPLEX WORK. BY CHRIS PETERSEN

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any contractors like to focus
on the easy projects, but
that's not how Minger Construction in Minnesota built
its name. President Luke Minger says the
company has earned a reputation over the
years for rolling up its sleeves and tackling
some of the most challenging heavy civil
and utility work in the upper Midwest.
As Minger puts it, the company is proud
to be known for taking on work that many
other civil contractors would think twice
about. "We're kind of in a niche," he says.
"We do a lot of tricky projects.
"We get a lot of phone calls from people
who know that we can tackle a project no
one else can handle," he adds.
Today, Minger Construction is a larger
heavy civil and utility contractor, but it
started small. The company was founded by

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Minger's father, who bought into a neighbor's business performing utility hook-ups
for new homes. At the time, the company
was little more than Minger's parents, a tractor backhoe and some contracts for water
and sewer hookups, but over time the company grew as word spread about the quality
of its work. Soon, Minger Construction was
performing water and sewer hook-ups
for entire housing developments. Minger
joined the company right out of high school
in 2000, and today the company has 85
employees and earns nearly $50 million in
revenues a year.
Minger Construction's specialties include
sewer and water, tunneling, site excavation
and lift station installation, but Minger says
the company has evolved over the years. In
2007, for example, the company changed
directions when it started taking on more

rehab and reconstruction work as well as
trenchless construction, giving it more
differentiators in the marketplace. As the
company continues to head in the right
direction throughout the upper Midwest,
Minger says Minger Construction is being
careful not to become so big that it loses
the family atmosphere that has made it
so successful over the years. As long as
the company continues to focus on the
elements that have brought it success in
the past, Minger says, it expects to continue
building on its reputation.

Best People
Even though Minger Construction has
become known for taking on complex and
challenging projects, Minger says the keys
to the company's success with those projects are fairly simple. Minger credits the


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