DGR Engineering Welcomes Derek Lee



20-year services award recipients announced


DGR Engineering is pleased to announce three 20-year service award recipients
from its Rock Rapids office. Todd Dieren, Dave Schleusner and Sherri DeJong
received 20-year service awards at the annual company dinner held
Saturday, October 6. Dieren is a technician in the Electrical Power Department,
and Schleusner and DeJong are both employed in the Business Support department.

Photo ID: Blair Metzger, DGR President, Dave Schleusner, Sherri DeJong, Todd Dieren
and Marlin Overman, DGR Vice President.


Jeff Schram recognized for 40 years of dedicated service

Jeff Schram was recognized on Monday, October 8 for 40 years of service at DGR Engineering. Jeff began his career in July of 1978 as a technician in the Communications Department of DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., which was then located at 106 N. Boone in Rock Rapids. He is now a technician in the Electrical Power Department.

Jeff witnessed many changes over the years, including the advancement from hand drafting to CAD (Computer Aided Design). Plans that previously took days to create can now be designed in minutes. Jeff said his favorite part of the job is working on substation design.

Jeff is pictured with his family at the recognition event held Monday.
Front: Jeff Schram, Laureen Schram, Lillian Nagel, Jacob Nagel.
Back: Travis Nagel, Karlee Nagel, Krista Tschetter, Elliot Tschetter, Benjamin Tschetter and Paul Tschetter.

Jeff is also pictured receiving his 20-year service award in 1998.

DGR Engineering adds Matt Schar Rock Rapids office



DGR Engineering represented in Washington D.C.


DGR Engineering was represented by Patrick Deering last week in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the trip was to meet with Senators concerning federal funding allocation for the Rural Water Program for five authorized rural water projects funded by the Bureau of Reclamation. Patrick, right, is pictured with U.S. Senator
Joni Ernst and Murray Hulstein from the City of Sioux Center, Iowa.


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DGR Engineering Named a 2018 Top Workplace

DGR Engineering (DGR) has been selected for a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

“We are gratified that the employee survey confirms what we already believe…that DGR Engineering is a great place to work,” said Blair Metzger, CEO of DGR. “The leadership of the firm is committed to fostering its cultural values of ownership, opportunity, integrity, and discipline. Our staff members who live in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota embody our company’s values, and the company in turn gives its employees an opportunity to do meaningful work for a great group of clients throughout the Upper Midwest. This award confirms that our goal of being an employer of choice is being realized.”

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement that organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

About Energage, LLC Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the U.S.

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DGR Engineering welcomes Lucas Larson



DGR Engineering one of eighteen firms named as PSMJ Platinum Award winners


PSMJ Resources, Inc. has recognized the eighteen firms that are Platinum Award winners, which have remained on the Circle of Excellence list for at least four of the past five years.

The Circle of Excellence is comprised of the top 20% of participants – across thirteen key performance indicators – in PSMJ’s 2018 A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey Report. Earlier this month, PSMJ Resources, Inc., announced the seventy-two exceptional architecture and engineering firms that made it onto the 2018 Circle of Excellence list.

PSMJ designed the Circle of Excellence to highlight the best-in-class architecture and engineering firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as low staff turnover, operating overhead rate and labor utilization.

“The firms recognized in the Circle of Excellence set the standard for outstanding and sustainable business results,” says Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, Founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources. “The Platinum Award winners go to the next level and continue to set the standard for the industry year after year.”

This is the fifth year in a row that DGR Engineering has been selected to the Circle of Excellence, and the second consecutive year being named a Platinum Award winner.

About PSMJ: For more than 40 years, PSMJ Resources, Inc. has been recognized as the leading publishing, executive education, and advisory group devoted completely to improving the business performance of A/E/C organizations worldwide. PSMJ’s sought-after expertise covers a range of critical business areas such as project management, financial management, human resources, business development, transition planning, and mergers and acquisitions.


Sioux County Regional Airport project featured in Sioux City Journal story

Click here to read the story from the Sioux City Journal.


Krystal Hermanson joins Sioux Falls office



DGR Engineering Selected to 2018 PSMJ Circle of Excellence

DGR Engineering has once again been honored by PSMJ Resources as one of seventy-two exceptional architecture and engineering firms named into the Circle of Excellence.  This is the fifth year in a row DGR Engineering has earned this award.

PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence is designed to highlight firms that are successfully managed and demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as productivity, business development, staff growth, staff turnover, and overhead management.

PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence honorees are chosen based on thirteen business metrics important to the successful operation of an engineering business, including the following:

● Low Staff Turnover – Staff has remained stable through the years, providing clients with long-term relationships and deep loyalty, leading to a better understanding of the organizations with whom DGR Engineering works.

● Operating Overhead Rate – DGR Engineering’s effective and efficient practices keep overhead costs down, helping to keep cost under control for clients.

● Labor Utilization - PSMJ also noted DGR Engineering’s exceptional efficiency at focusing on productive work for its clients.

“DGR Engineering is honored to have been selected for the Circle of Excellence for five years in a row,” says Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering President. “Receiving this honor is a result of being entrusted by our many loyal clients to provide solutions to their needs, along with the efforts of dedicated staff members who have made DGR Engineering the employer of choice in this region”.

 “Each year, the Circle of Excellence firms come from all corners of the A/E space. This diversity demonstrates that success isn’t defined by a specific firm size, location, or market niche,” says Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, Founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources. “The top-performing firms just think and act differently from the rest of the pack to achieve extraordinary business performance.”

 “The firms recognized in the Circle of Excellence set the standard for outstanding and sustainable business results,” says Stasiowski. “Some firms have been in this prestigious group year after year!”

 About PSMJ: For more than 40 years, PSMJ Resources, Inc. has been recognized as the leading publishing, executive education, and advisory group devoted completely to improving the business performance of A/E/C organizations worldwide. PSMJ’s sought-after expertise covers a range of critical business areas such as project management, financial management, human resources, business development, transition planning, and mergers and acquisitions.



Brady Grafing joins DGR Engineering's Rock Rapids office




DGR Engineering welcomes Craig Lauritzen




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Sioux County Regional Airport project receives award

DGR Engineering was honored to receive a Special Recognition
Award recently from the Iowa Concrete Paving Association.
The award acknowledges the high quality of design and
workmanship demonstrated on the Sioux County Regional
Airport project. 
Congratulations to all involved! 

Vernon Arens Retirement Open House

A retirement open house was held Thursday, April 12
in Yankton, SD honoring Vernon Arens for his
41-year career in engineering.

Following his education at the South Dakota
School of Mines, Vernon worked 12 years for
SPN and 8 years at B&E Engineering.

He then opened Arens Engineering in Yankton
in 1996, before joining DGR Engineering. He has
had a long and honorable work history serving
many towns in southeast South Dakota, and the
Yankton community on a wide variety of
engineering and surveying projects. 

We wish you a long and happy retirement, Vernon!


DGR Engineering featured as part of Engineering Week 2018

DGR Engineering was featured on the front page of the February 21 edition
of the Lyon County Reporter as part of Engineers Week 2018. Read the full story 
in the e-edition at http://www.lyoncountyreporter.com/pages/e-edition/


Metzger Awarded DGR Engineering Scholarship

Grant Metzger, Rock Rapids, IA has been awarded the 2017-2018 DGR Engineering Scholarship. 

Grant is the son of Jerome and Jana Metzger and attends South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD. He has received a cash award of $2,000 towards the 2017-2018 academic
year in recognition of his academic accomplishments and expectation of achievement
in the engineering profession.

Grant serves as SDSU IEEE Treasurer, co-chaired Engineers Week, co-chaired the Spring Engineering
Career Fair, volunteered at the Brookings Boys and Girls Club, and served as a career development
ambassador. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the SDSU Honors College
and has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

The DGR Engineering scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who has completed 30 semester
credit hours by June 1 of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying
degree program within the United States, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate GPA. 
DGR Engineering has created this scholarship for the purpose of promoting and advancing
the engineering profession in this region.

Pictured are Miriam Perryman, DGR engineer; Grant Metzger, and Sam Johnson, DGR engineer.


Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Project Takes Shape in Rock Rapids




DGR's Brian Meyer Leads Airport Tour for Dordt College Students


DGR Aviation Engineer, Brian Meyer, led a tour of the new Sioux County Regional Airport 
Monday, November 13 with the next generation of engineers from Dordt College.


Construction Update: Windom Street Project


The City of Windom is excited to see the final lift of paving being completed for
their 2017 Street project. Thank you to Holtmeier Construction, Hoffman Concrete
and SMC for their continued progress on this reconstruction endeavor.


Construction Update: Osceola County Rural Water System


DGR Engineering is proud to be a part of this Osceola County Rural Water System project.
It consists of the construction of a new 2,400 gpm water treatment plant and a 1.0 million gallon
ground storage reservoir. The plant will remove iron and manganese from the groundwater through
aeration, detention, and filtration treatment processes. The project also includes constructing two
backwash water storage ponds.

The contractor, Grundman Hicks, has spent the last few weeks installing rebar and pouring concrete.
They are currently setting wall forms on the north side of the building.




Senator Chuck Grassley visits DGR Engineering August 30, 2017

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley visited DGR Engineering in Rock Rapids as part of his every county tour of Iowa. 
He was given an introduction to DGR’s work and held a Q&A with employees. Iowa State Representative John Wills was also in attendance.

DGR Engineering hosts U.S. Senator Joni Ernst August 22, 2017


DGR Engineering was honored to host U.S. Senator Joni Ernst as she continued her 99-county tour of Iowa this week. 
She took time to learn about our business and answered questions from DGR employees while in Rock Rapids. 


Randall Community Water District Pipeline Project

Work continues on the Randall Community Water District
Pipeline Project, including rural installation of approximately
5.5 miles of 24” PVC pipe and construction of a 3 million gallon
tank. Coordination with DOT and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are
integral components of this project.













Sioux Center Middle School Project Nears Completion

Things are happening at the Sioux Center Middle School!

This DGR project included designing a safer drop off/pick up zone, 
as well as new basketball courts and a gaga pit (it’s a place for a
game that is similar to Dodge ball, but only one ball is used),
and storm water detention pond.