The foundation for DGR Engineering was laid in 1952, when a young electrical engineer named 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 last 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
Sixty-six years after that single handshake, DGR maintains the same spirit of passion, advancement and partnership on which the company was built. With more than 120 professionals, forty-five of whom are shareholders, and five 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 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.”
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.
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 sixth 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 participating firms.
“DGR Engineering has been selected for this honor six years in a row, illustrating a consistent pattern of operation during that time” 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. Ultimately, our success relies on our ability to recruit and retain the types of talented employees that we’ve been able to assemble, who then are able to apply those talents on behalf of our valued clients.”
“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 thirteen 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.”