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Jesse Morris named South Dakota Engineering Society – Eastern Chapter Young Engineer of the Year

March 2, 2021

Congratulations to our very own Jesse Morris, right, on being named the SD Engineering Society (SDES) – Eastern Chapter’s Young Engineer of the Year! Jesse is a civil engineer in the Sioux Falls Office.

Jesse’s engineering achievements, as well as his volunteer service to various organizations, including his role for several years as South Dakota state coordinator with MATHCOUNTS earned him this recognition.

The award was established to recognize young SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers. Jesse is pictured with Weston Philips, representing SDES – Eastern Chapter, who presented the award.


DGR Solutions Winter Newsletter

January 4, 2021

Read the first issue of 2021 Solutions newsletter here. Learn about the challenges involved with the Siouxland Expo site design in Sioux City in our feature story. Other stories include a road and utility update in Irene, where funding was a critical factor to its success; as well as a sewer system rehab project in Rembrandt. Learn which power pole is right for your project on page 8, and much more!

Read the newsletter here.

Employees Recognized with 20- and 30-Year Service Awards

December 22, 2020

Five DGR Engineering employees were presented with service awards recently. The awards would normally be given at the company’s fall gathering in October, which was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Awards were presented by Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering president.

30 Year Award – Dave Lamberton began work in DGR’s Rock Rapids Civil/Survey office in June of 1990 after earning his associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology at Southeast Tech. In the fall of 1990 Dave transferred to the new Sioux City Office.

30 Year Award – Brian Mastbergen started his employment with DGR’s Sioux City office in December of 1990 after earning his master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State University and spending several years with the Soil Conservation Service.

20 Year Award – Trent Bruce joined the firm’s Civil/Survey Department in May of 2000 after completing his education at South Dakota State University. Trent worked in DGR’s Rock Rapids office until 2011 when he transferred to the Sioux Falls office, where he currently serves as department head.

20 Year Award – Dennis Haselhoff began work with DGR in January, 2000 after working for MidAmerican Energy for nine years. A graduate of Iowa State University, he is an electrical engineer in the Electrical Power Department in Rock Rapids.

20 Year Award – Colin Johnsen is a CADD design Technician in the Water/Wastewater Department in Rock Rapids. After teaching elementary school for 12 years in a nearby community, he joined the DGR team in July of 2000.

DGR Engineering Named a 2020 Top Workplace Winner

September 15, 2020

For the third year in a row, DGR Engineering has been awarded a 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.

“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. “

“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.”

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage 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 57,000 organizations representing well over 19 million employees in the United States.


DGR Engineering Selected to 2020 PSMJ Circle of Excellence

August 27, 2020

DGR Engineering has once again been honored by PSMJ Resources as one of 65 exceptional architecture and engineering firms across the United States that have been named into the Circle of Excellence.  This is the seventh 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 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.