The foundation for DGR Engineering was laid in 1952, when young electrical engineer John DeWild left his job at Rock Rapids Utilities to pursue his dreams. Soon after, he met with electrical engineer Dick Grant. A simple handshake built a business and partnership that would endure for decades. In 1954 Bob Reckert was added to the expanding engineering firm, and together they formed DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company, known today as DGR Engineering.
69 years after that single handshake, DGR maintains the same spirit of passion, advancement and partnership on which the company was built. With approximately 150 employees, 58 of whom are shareholders, and three locations in the upper Midwest, DGR looks forward to many more decades of helping businesses, schools and communities grow, and building the foundation for every day.
DGR Engineering has been selected for a Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. 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.
“Having top quality staff members focused on serving our clients helped DGR Engineering to continue to thrive as we navigated the landscape brought about by the pandemic,” said Blair Metzger, President of DGR Engineering. “In turn, receiving the Top Workplace award again this year affirms that DGR Engineering is a great place to work, and continues to be the sort of firm that attracts and retains the best staff. With both the company and our team members focused on satisfying clients, our company had another successful year.”
"During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business."
Circle of Excellence - 2014-2021
DGR Engineering has once again been honored by PSMJ Resources as one of 66 exceptional architecture and engineering firms named into the Circle of Excellence. This is the eighth consecutive year that 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 13 business metrics important to the successful operation of an engineering business. Firms considered for this designation are evaluated by comparing the firms’ metrics against industry benchmarks developed through evaluation of data provided by 327 participating firms.
“DGR Engineering is honored to once again receive this recognition”, says Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering President. “While the past year has been challenging for everyone due to the pandemic, we are thankful that our many valued clients continued to pursue project throughout this time period. Their demonstration of trust in DGR Engineering in the past year has allowed us to continue to thrive and grow. We are ever mindful of the great relationships we enjoy with our clients, which gives us the opportunity to do work that we enjoy doing.”
“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!”
Since PSMJ created the award in 2006, Circle of Excellence members have consistently represented all industry facets. “The key differentiator between PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence and other industry awards is that all firms in the A/E industry are eligible. Members are not rewarded for a single outcome, but on 13 factors that drive the overall performance of a firm,” says Dave Burstein, P.E., Senior Principal at PSMJ. “This award recognizes those firms that are not only good at their practices but also at running their practices as businesses.”
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.
PSMJ Resources, Inc. has recognized the 22 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 2021 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 2021 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 eighth year in a row that DGR Engineering has been selected to the Circle of Excellence, and the fifth 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.