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Geotechnical Engineering | Materials Engineering and Testing | Forensic Engineering | Environmental Consulting | Drilling
In 1996, after 21 years of working for other engineering firms, Marc Shannon bought a computer, rented office space in Fargo, North Dakota and won the business of his first twenty clients. Within one month, he hired two employees and just four months later hired three more.
Marc envisioned a company more intimate and client oriented than big corporate firms. He wanted a good core of employees who knew how to meet the clients' needs. His goals were to provide engineering services on time, at a fair cost, and personalized service to the customer first and foremost. He also envisioned gradual, consistent growth - which is exactly what he did, except a little faster. The business expanded into St. Cloud, MN in 1998, Ramsey, MN in 2001 and Grand Forks, ND in 2006. His customer base grew beyond his expectations.
Northern Technologies, Inc. (NTI) Ramsey facility first opened in a tiny, rented 400 square foot suite and was managed by Michael Wasmund, P.E.. The business moved two times within the same office complex until Marc found his new location within blocks, a Brownfield that the City of Ramsey was anxious to develop. "They introduced me to Mike Mulrooney of CMDC and we were on our way to building our newest facility." At almost 4,000 square feet, the building houses the heartbeat of the business, the materials testing lab, offices and enough space to park their very large drill rig.
Marc says, "CMDC's knowledge of the SBA process and attention to personalized service made the process painless. They have an exceptional track record and reputation. They took the time to learn about my company and made me feel confident."
Although Marc's small business caters to other small businesses, NTI is just as well equipped and experienced serving one of the United States' largest companies, Microsoft. He attributes the success of NTI to the diverse service offerings and the diverse clients for whom he serves as well as the core of qualified employees that he has on his team. The long tenure of most of the forty-five employees is a testament to the environment he has created. Michael Wasmund, now the Regional Manager, says, "We have good systems, reward the employees, and are flexible." Marc maintains his passion for the business, saying, "If you don't have passion, it will show." He remains hands-on and continues to work in the field and directly with clients.
NTI is a multidiscipline geotechnical and materials engineering and testing firm, providing service to both the public and private sector. Governmental clients include federal and state agencies, counties and cities. Private clients include owners, developers, a variety of industry and commercial retailers. NTI also provides team design support to architects, consulting engineers, and contractors to aid in their design and construction quality control.
Northern Technologies, Inc.
6588 141st Avenue NW
Ramsey, MN 55303