Two Duluth Businesses Say They're Growing... and Hiring

By KBJR News 1

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW) - It's time, says Barr Engineering, to change the reputation Duluth has gained in the past few years.

"Duluth may have this reputation of not having jobs, and it's just not true," said Branch Office Coordinator Sheryl Filby Williams, "especially in the engineering sector."

Filby Williams says the environmental consulting and engineering services firm has seen significant growth in recent years, with a combined total of 165 employees currently serving their Hibbing and Duluth offices—and there's room for more.

"In 2012, we hired 25 full–time employees here, in Duluth, and we have 10 positions open right now in our [Duluth] office," said Filby Williams.

The firm, whose recent projects include the Clyde Industrial Park, won an award in 2011 for being the best environmental services firm to work for in the country, which Filby Williams attributes to their employee–owned business model.

"People really feel invested in the success of Barr, in Duluth—in our local community," said Filby Williams.

And just down the road, at the engineering and architecture firm, LHB, it's more good news from a growing company in the midst of what they call regional economic growth.

"We're very optimistic about the future," said LHB CEO Bill Bennett, "and where things are going for our company and our region."

Bennett says the Duluth–based firm is no stranger to the area, having overseen everything from the DECC construction in 1966 with 7 employees to Northland road and bridge repairs following the 2012 flood.

"I can walk down the block and I can always point out a project that we've been involved in," said Bennett.

In 2012, LHB added a net of 45 additional people, bringing the firm to a total of 205 employees: "That's us building faster and sooner than many in our industry," said Bennett.

...and the best part? They, too, are still hiring.

Officials with both firms added that anyone can learn more about their employment opportunities on their websites.

To find those, just head HERE for Barr Engineering

...and HERE for LHB

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness