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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 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.”
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.
Follow this link to the story about the Dell Rapids, SD wastewater treatment facility award:
The City of Dell Rapids, SD wastewater treatment facility was one of 30 clean water infrastructure projects recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. These exemplary projects showcase water quality improvements and public health protections that can be achieved when the federal government, states, municipalities and local utilities work together.
“The State Revolving Fund programs play a critical role in helping communities modernize aging infrastructure, create jobs, and protect public health and the environment,” said David Ross, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “These projects are making vital water quality improvements in communities across the country.”
The State Revolving Funds (SRF) are EPA-state partnerships that provide communities with a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality and drinking water infrastructure projects. EPA’s SRFs have provided more than $170 billion in financial assistance to over 39,900 water quality infrastructure projects and 14,500 drinking water projects across the country. This year’s honored projects include large wastewater infrastructure upgrades, community driven green infrastructure development and the construction of new water treatment plants. Several projects also include lead service line replacement, furthering EPA’s goals to protect human health under the Federal Lead Action Plan. All of these projects highlight outstanding achievements in water quality improvement that benefit Americans from coast to coast.
EPA’s Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program celebrates innovation demonstrated by CWSRF programs and assistance recipients. Each participating program nominated an innovative project that improved water quality, provided public health or economic benefits; and/or encouraged sustainability in the marketplace. Thirty projects by state or local governments, public utilities, and private entities were recognized by the 2019 PISCES program.
To see the full list of 2019 PISCES recognized projects visit the EPA website:
The Sioux County Regional Airport was named the national Gold Winner by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) at its 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards event December 5, 2019 in New Orleans. Congratulations to our client, Sioux County Regional Airport, and contractor Cedar Valley Construction on this accomplishment. We are proud to be your partners on this important project in northwest Iowa.
Receiving the award were David Feilmeier, representing DGR Engineering, along with Jason Hankins, Project Manager; Craig Hughes, Vice President Operations; Willie Calderwood, Senior Vice President; Steve Jackson, President, all representing Cedar Valley Construction.