Committed To The Communities We Live, Work, and Play In
Together We Care
When we say “together we see a way” that goes well beyond construction. Knutson is committed to the communities we live, work and play in. For years, we have given our time and talents, as well as monetary assistance, to give back to the communities and partners we have worked with along the way. Our teams have repeatedly offered helping hands—everything from landscaping projects to helping organizations plan events. Oftentimes, this is where our problem solving skills really shine.
In 2016 we committed to the Minnesota Keystone Foundation by donating at least 2% of our pre-tax earnings charitable organizations. This is just one of the ways Knutson is involved in our community and the organizations Knutson partners with.
Cleaning Up Iowa
On August 21st, more than 20 members of Team Blue gathered to help fellow employees and their neighbors clear downed trees and other debris as a result of the derecho that hit Iowa on August 10th. The volunteer effort resulted in clearing the yard of Knutson employee Gary Beaumont, two other homes in Marion, and an entire mobile home park. Once the cleanup was finished, the crew helped to deliver two pallets of food for the displaced residents of the mobile home park. The organized effort last Friday is just the tip of the iceberg for how Knutson has activated to help with the recovery during the past two weeks. Vince Ellison, whose first hours as General Manager included sheltering from the storm and assessing its aftermath, shared his reaction to the response he saw from Team Blue:
“This past weekend several members of Team Blue came together to help those in need after the Iowa Derecho – giving back to the communities that we live and work in. I am proud to say a group of 23 Knutson employees and family, some of whom were personally affected by the storm, really showed up and were living examples of the Knutson values.”
On Tuesday, August 18th, Knutson and Peterson, Kolker, Haedt & Benda law firm held a virtual groundbreaking at the former Albert Lea Elks Lodge. The Albert Lea Elks Lodge reached 2,100 members at its peak and was the largest Elks in Minnesota as well as the 12th largest in the United States at the time. The law office will occupy the east two-thirds of the building. The goal of the renovations will be to clean and repair the exterior of the building and property. After that, they will convert the interior into office space while maintaining as much history and character as possible.
“We are honored to be part of this historic renovation and repurpose project,” said Knutson Construction Project Development Director Tony Joseph in the release. “The legacy of the Elks and the commitment by Peterson, Kolker, Haedt and Benda law firm to ensure that this project provides a gateway to the new and the old is truly a remarkable story.”