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Engineering Firms Expanding in Twin Ports

Updated: 07/25/2014 6:15 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 5:21 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Duluth and Superior are winning awards for the best places to live, and the Twin Ports economy is looking good as two engineering firms expand in both cities. Company leader say new offices opening on Friday mean more local jobs.

Just north of the Richard I. Bong Memorial Center they helped develop, LHB employees are celebrating their new office in Superior.

“I feel really good about this for us. This is kind of coming home for us,” CEO Bill Bennett says.

He says the company has designed buildings and roads for the University of Wisconsin Superior and other clients in Wisconsin. He hopes the expansion into Superior draws in more business and makes life easier for his employees.

“We have a lot of clients in the Wisconsin area, a lot of staff that actually live on the Wisconsin side, and it really is us trying to make sure we can best serve our clients across the Wisconsin line,” Bennett says.

He says LHB has 250 employees and nearly 100 of those jobs were added in the last two years.

“So we've been growing seriously in big ways, and this is really trying to broaden our footprint,” Bennett says.

The ribbon cutting should do jus that, and Barr Engineering has the same idea for their new office in Canal Park.

“We're really excited. The new space offers us A, the option to grow, and B, the option to better collaborate to serve our clients. We're here to serve our clients needs on projects that we work on locally and around the world,” Office Coordinator Sheryl Filby Williams says.

She says Barr has just about doubled their staff in three years. Now 110 people work at the new office, and Filby Williams says she is proud to help turn polluted sites into economic drivers like the company did with the Clyde redevelopment.

“Nothing is more gratifying to me personally, as a scientist, than to work in the local community and bring other growth into the community,” Filby Williams says.

The engineering boom is still going with job openings available at both companies.

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