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McGough Construction

In Partnership With:  BAC, IUOE, LIUNA, OPCMIA, UBC

Building a firm foundation in sustainability and workers’ rights

At a Glance

Full-scale real estate and construction services firm founded in 1956.

St. Paul, MN



Union Employees
100% union labor used on construction projects

Annual Revenues
$500 million

Offices in MN and AZ, and projects in the Midwest and Southwest

For more than 50 years, McGough has built many of the iconic structures that grace Twin Cities skylines, and also developed an exceptional working relationship with local unions. The company is a recognized leader in worker safety, sustainable construction, diversity, and labor-management relations.

The LEED-Platinum-certified headquarters of Great River Energy in Maple Grove, MN, stands out as one of the company’s most impressive projects. Its on-site wind turbine and solar panels enable the building to use 50 percent less water and 90 percent less energy than comparable structures. McGough also specializes in ‘greening’ existing buildings by implementing recycling programs, upgrading building systems to enhance energy efficiency, and providing resources for clients who want to improve sustainability or pursue green building certifications.

McGough likewise excels as an employer. Harry Melander, President of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, refers to the firm as “our model contractor.” Echoing this esteem, company President Tom McGough Jr. says, “we attribute much of our success to the existence of labor unions,” specifically crediting the unions’ knowledgeable and safety-minded workers. Leaders at the company actively partner with unions to develop in-house safety and construction programming, and the firm provides tuition reimbursement for advanced instruction.

This collective investment in training has paid off: McGough has been recognized by its industry peers for its stellar safety record, earning the Minnesota Safety Council’s “Award of Honor” a remarkable five years in a row. In addition to being named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors List, the company has received the American Subcontractor Association of Minnesota’s “TOPs Award,” which recognizes the general contractor that best exemplifies teamwork, opportunity, and partnering practices.

The company also collaborates with unions on diversity initiatives, and maintains longstanding relationships with community organizations that train women, minorities, and persons with disabilities for work in the building trades, while encouraging subcontractors to also provide them with employment opportunities. Its outstanding commitment to creating opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses earned McGough the “Corporate Supplier of the Year Award” from the University of Minnesota.

From sustainability and safety to partnership and diversity, the foundation of McGough’s success is its solid relationship with its workers’ unions. This model employer and forward-thinking company is sure to transform buildings and communities for years to come.

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