DeWild, Grant, Reckert photo

About Us

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
DGR Engineering.

68 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 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.

Top Workplace - 2018, 2019 & 2020

DGR Engineering has been selected for a Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register in 2018, 2019 & 2020. 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.

“For the third year in a row, our team members have affirmed that DGR Engineering is a great place to work,” said Blair Metzger, President of DGR Engineering. “The 130 employees of the company who live in the tri-state area continue to fulfill our motto of providing “Trusted. Professional. Solutions.” by doing meaningful work for a great group of clients throughout the Upper Midwest.  In these times of uncertainty and change, we remain focused on being a company that attracts and retains high quality staff, and working with them to meet the challenges all of us are facing.”

“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. “

PSMJ Platinum Award - 2017, 2018 & 2019

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 2019 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 sixth year in a row that DGR Engineering has been selected to the Circle of Excellence, and the third 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.

Circle of Excellence - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020

DGR Engineering has once again been honored by PSMJ Resources as one of 65 exceptional architecture and engineering firms named into the Circle of Excellence.  This is the seventh consecutive year that DGR Engineering has earned this award.

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 323 participating firms.

“DGR Engineering is grateful to have been selected for this honor seven years in a row,” says Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering President. “While DGR Engineering is unique among recipients due to its location in a less-populated region of the country, the honor reflects the continued outstanding work being done every day by our staff.  We continue to grow our staff to reflect the needs of our clients, which develop into long-term relationships that are mutually fruitful.  We are constantly mindful that we owe our success to the many loyal clients who continuously partner with us as they develop their projects.

“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.”

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.