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Growing and Making an Impact: LHB

Updated: 04/09/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 12:41 PM WDIO.com

You may not realize it, but LHB likely has impacted your life in some way. The design, architect, and engineering firm in Duluth has had a hand in many places in the Northland, like the new Haines Road, the Whole Foods Coop, Essentia Health buildings, the 148th Fighter Wing, the two new middle schools in Duluth, area colleges, and even the Aerial Lift Bridge.

LHB was founded in 1966. One of the founder's first projects, was the original arena at the DECC. "We continue to do work there. One of the positives that we see, is that we have long-term relationships with really good clients, and that helps us stay in Duluth," CEO Bill Bennett explained.

The company started with seven people. They've grown now to 250, between the Duluth and Minneapolis offices.

"We're actually the 45th fastest growing design company across the nation," Bennett said. "It's been fun to see the hiring of so many young people."

The Duluth office recently underwent a major remodel. They utilized concepts of sustainability throughout, especially with the lighting and the materials used, like the carpeting.

Bennett told us some of the high growth areas he sees for his firm are health care and the oil and gas industry. "We do see some softness in the building sector though."

Still, the folks at LHB are very busy. And Bennett is proud of the work they're doing. "To see our staff involved in all of the projects, and to see them growing the same pride, is rewarding. That's what puts Duluth on the map, and we each want to make it better every year."

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