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Employees Recognized with 2022 Service Awards

October 17, 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 DGR Engineering service award winners, who were honored at this year’s fall gathering on October 15. Curt Dieren was presented with his 30-year service award. Curt is an electrical engineer and department head of the Rock Rapids Electrical Power Department.

20-year service award recipients were also honored: Justin Christensen is a civil engineer in the Rock Rapids Civil/Survey Department; Justin Groen is a engineering technician in the Water Services Department in Rock Rapids; Troy Metzger is an electrical engineer in the Rock Rapids Electrical Power Department; Kyle Mullenix is a civil engineer in the Sioux City office; and Dan Van Schepen is a civil engineer in the Rock Rapids Civil/Survey Department.

Other service award recipients:
10-year Awards: Justin Blauwet, Jolene Fisher, Sam Johnson, Tom Low, Brian Meyer, Jesse Morris and Logan Smidt.

5-year awards: Austin Gross, Tina Hansen, Evan Laursen, Amy Leuthold, Jacob Morris, Adam Norman, Jericho Poppinga, Michael Postma and Kelli Van Kley.


Metzger Honored for Contributions to Power Industry

October 7, 2022

Blair Metzger, president of DGR Engineering (DGR), received the Wayne E. Knabach Excellence in Power Award at the Center for Power Systems Studies banquet Oct. 3 at McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.

The annual award is presented to an engineer whose lifetime contributions have advanced the power industry in the Upper Midwest.

Metzger, a Rock Rapids, IA native, graduated from the electrical engineering program at South Dakota State University in 1986 and joined DGR as a design engineer. He rose through the ranks and served as DGR’s electrical power group department head from 2002 to 2010, when he was appointed company president.

Metzger was nominated for the Knabach Award by Chad Rasmussen, assistant electrical power group department head at DGR.

He wrote, “Over the course of his career, Blair’s focus has been on providing services to municipal utilities … Blair’s commitment to municipal electrical engineering was instrumental in expanding DGR’s service territory to include many Minnesota municipal utility clients. He is an expert in power supply and rate making issues in the Upper Midwest, assisting many clients with his rate development expertise.”

Through his 36-year career at DGR, Metzger has worked with scores of communities, mostly smaller ones, in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.

DGR, founded in 1952, has 150 employees with offices in Rock Rapids, Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa, and specializes in aviation, civil, electrical power, survey, wastewater and water engineering. Since 2014, it has received the Circle of Excellence for overall engineering performance by PSMJ Resources, a leading management consulting firm for architecture and engineering firms.

The Center for Power Systems Studies is housed within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State and has been an advocate for the power industry and a supporter of future power engineers since its formation in 1968.


DGR Engineering named a 2022 Iowa Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register

September 27, 2022

DGR Engineering has once again been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. This makes the fifth year in a row the firm has been recognized. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey, administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC, measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “That’s something to be proud of. In today’s market, leaders must ensure they’re allowing employees to have a voice and be heard. That’s paramount. Top Workplaces do this, and it pays dividends.”

“We are delighted that our employees saw fit once again to confirm that DGR Engineering is a great place to work,” said Blair Metzger, President of DGR Engineering. “Receiving the Top Workplace award again this year reinforces that DGR Engineering is a company that attracts and retains the best talent. We continue to be excited about the future of our growing company, the great clients for which we work, and the wonderful area of the country in which we are located.”

About Energage, LLC
Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 16 years of culture research and the results from 27 million employees surveyed across more than 70,000 organizations,  Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit or


Popkes Awarded Technician Scholarship

September 13, 2022

Carson Popkes of Rock Rapids, IA has been awarded the first annual DGR Engineering Technician Scholarship. He has received a cash award of $2,000 towards the 2022-2023 academic year in recognition of his academic accomplishments and expectation of achievement in his profession as a technician.

A graduate of Central Lyon High School, Carson is the son of John and Karmin Popkes and attends Southeast Technical College (STC) in Sioux Falls, SD, where he is majoring in Civil Engineering Technology. He is a member of the STC Civil Engineering Technology and Land Surveying Science Student Organization, as well as being the president of the Turning Point USA Chapter at STC. He carries a 3.82 cumulative grade point average.

The DGR Engineering Technician scholarship is awarded to an applicant who is enrolled in a construction management, engineering related technician or land surveying technician program within the upper Midwest, and has a minimum 3.0 composite collegiate or high school GPA.  Preference was considered for those in a civil, electrical, environmental or agricultural engineering technician field. DGR Engineering has created this scholarship to promote and advance the engineering profession in this region.


DGR Engineering Recognized by PSMJ Resources, Inc. as a 2022 Circle of Excellence Firm

August 26, 2022

DGR Engineering has once again been selected for PSMJ Resources, Inc.’s Circle of Excellence list as one of 65 exceptional architecture and engineering firms across the country. DGR Engineering has earned this award every year since 2014.

PSMJ Resources, Inc. is a leading management consulting firm for the architecture and engineering industries. Each year PSMJ conducts a survey of firms to highlight those who are successful in areas such as productivity, business development, staff growth, staff turnover, and overhead management.

Only 20 percent of this year’s participants were named to The Circle of Excellence list. 322 participating firms were evaluated by comparing 13 key performance measurements important to the successful operation of an engineering business against industry benchmarks developed through evaluation of data.

“DGR Engineering has been selected for this honor nine years in a row, illustrating a consistent pattern of operation.” says Blair Metzger, DGR Engineering President. “We are constantly mindful that we owe our success to the many loyal clients who continuously partner with us as they develop their projects. Our steady growth in staff reflects the needs of our clients.  This steady growth allows us to develop, and keep, long-term relationships that are mutually fruitful. Receiving this honor is a result of being entrusted by our clients to provide trusted, professional solutions to their needs.”

“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.

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.