WHERE IT ALL Began…
When Roger Mireau opened CKC Contracting in 1998, it began with a small Newport, Minnesota location. That first office was so tiny that you had to move the chair out of the way to open the drawers. It had a shop as well, with a three-acre lot with some fenced-in space for equipment. It was all they needed to launch the business.
So, where did Roger get his start? “I grew up on a farm. If something broke, you fixed it. I had about ten good teachers. They showed you how to do something once, and that was all.” That farm education laid his next path.
Roger’s introduction to excavation began on a golf course. He found himself leading a pipe laying project, and some days his crew put 3,000 feet of pipe in the ground. From there, he built up years of experience in the industry, and his reputation for taking on challenging projects became well known. As he put it, “Wherever there was trouble, I went.”
Roger’s ability to learn quickly and see solutions no one else could made him a valuable resource in the Twin Cities. “A good imagination is the best thing you can have. You need to be able to see the whole job, not just what’s in the plans or the city specs and codes, but the streets, the soil, the whole thing. Then, you can figure out the best way to get the best product. Not always the cheapest way, but always the best way.”
From day one, Roger built CKC Contracting on a solid foundation. “We’ve always been ethical. We’ve always been thorough in our work; we don’t skimp. And, we’ve always provided high-quality workmanship to everything we do.”
That foundation was perfect for the next leader who would run CKC…