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Why our Clients love to work with us.

Third Generation Company with 21st Century Ideas

Ellingson Companies provides Nationwide Trenchless Solutions and Agricultural Drainage in Southeast Minnesota, North Dakota, and throughout the Nation.

Who Are We?

Delivering on our word.  A job done right.  Doing the hard projects when others can’t. This is our reputation – Ellingson Companies is a third generation, full service Construction Company that specializes in trenchless solutions and agriculture drainage technologies. Since 1970, we have been committed to providing the finest quality service that can be found in the industry. We believe that a quality project begins with quality employees. This is why Ellingson Companies hires the most qualified employees in the construction industry. This fact along with our continual commitment to safety and staying well informed of the latest industry technologies ensure our commitment to provide you, the customer, with the best product available.

The experience of our project managers, engineers and operational managers has allowed us to complete a wide array of projects throughout North America including Southeast Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, and more. Through a process of project evaluation, planning and execution Ellingson Companies can successfully complete the most challenging projects. Having completed projects within refinery facilities, along major right of ways and in congested urban environments, Ellingson Companies is proven to have the capabilities to serve your Trenchless Construction & Agricultural Drainage needs – contact us today!


To provide innovative, high quality construction services that provide solutions for our customers.


To be the industry leader in design-build solutions that increase our customers’ value.


Innovative, hard work, value, commitment to get the job done, quality, teamwork, accountability.

Meet the Team

Roger Ellingson

President & CEO

Roger Ellingson began his career in the farm drainage business as a Laborer, Operator, Crew Foreman and climbed the ranks getting into surveying, engineering, sales and has served as President for the past 17 years. Ellingson was a catalyst in the transition from clay and concrete tile to plastic tubing in the early 70’s and has had the opportunity to deliver quality drainage solutions to more than 3,000 farmers throughout his 40 years with the company. Roger continues to work closely with several Universities and industry experts throughout the Midwest and has traveled to several European Countries that have utilized farm drainage for over 200 years.

Jeremy Ellingson

Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy Ellingson is responsible for leading the strategy, management and overall key functional support for the organization. Ellingson has over 20 years in the industry and hands-on experience in every facet of the business ranging from Construction Operator, Survey Manager, Utility Operations Manager and General Manager to Chief Operating Officer of Ellingson Companies. His leadership has played a significant role in the development and growth of Ellingson Companies, Ellingson Trenchless, Llc., and Ellingson Drainage. Ellingson is an active member of Associated General Contractors, the National Utility Contractors Association, National Association of Trenchless Technology and the Midwest Energy Association.

Travis Baumgartner

Vice President, Equipment Assets

Travis Baumgartner joined the Ellingson team in 1990 and started out in the business as a Laborer, Operator and Superintendent climbing the ranks and getting into equipment management. Baumgartner is responsible for all equipment assets, inventory management, and improvements. His leadership has been key to increasing efficiencies through the manufacturing and fabrication of equipment. In his current role, Mr. Baumgartner is responsible for assessing existing inventory of equipment, strategizing on improvements and the direction of manufacturing improvements to existing equipment.

Jason Gillard

Vice President, Operations

Jason Gillard joined the Ellingson team in 2006 as Project Manager within the Trenchless Division. Gillard has held several responsibilities throughout the organization including oversight and management of the company’s shop and equipment operations. In his current role Jason is responsible for the supervision of all Agriculture Division operations in both the West Concord, MN and Harwood, ND locations. Prior to joining Ellingson, he worked as a Design Engineer in the manufacturing industry. Jason was raised in West Concord, MN (Ellingson corporate headquarters) and attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

John Brandmill

Chief Financial Officer

John Brandmill joined the Ellingson team in May of 2015.  Prior to joining Ellingson, Brandmill held various roles at the Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ:AEGN), most notably as the CFO of their Energy and Mining Platform.  John began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis, MN.  Brandmill brings over 17 years financial and accounting leadership with majority time spent in the Construction industry specializing in the Water/Wastewater and Energy & Mining sectors.  Prior to the CFO role at Aegion, John had spent a number of years as Sr. Controller for the Insituform Division of the Water and Wastewater segment.  John is a CPA who graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in accounting and finance.

Frank Carlson

Chief Digital Officer

Frank Carlson joined Ellingson in 2013 as Chief Digital Officer. Carlson is responsible for the overall IT strategy and performance specifically focusing on innovative solutions, process improvements and improving productivity. Frank has always had an interest in leveraging technology to improve construction processes and has blended an eclectic education and career in construction, real estate and Information Technology to provide digital solutions to companies for over 20 years. Mr. Carlson holds several academic degrees including a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Business Administration from Bethel University.

Jason Abbott

Vice President, Sales

Jason Abbott is responsible for providing strategic direction to the Sales and Marketing within Ellingson Companies. Abbott joined Ellingson Companies in 2013 and brings over 10 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Ellingson Companies, Abbott worked for Aevenia and held various positions in Sales and Marketing. Mr. Abbott is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Abbott is an active member of the Distribution Contractors Association, Midwest Energy Association, Association of General Contractors and the National Association of Trenchless Technology.

Jeff Saucier

Vice President, Project Management

Jeff Saucier is a 20 year veteran in the construction industry. Saucier’s extensive experience in civil site-work, utilities and environmental construction is a welcome addition to the Ellingson Trenchless Utilities Team. Saucier is responsible for the overall performance of the unit while overseeing the estimating, project management and operations departments. Before coming to Ellingson Companies, Saucier has held positions as General Manager, Business Development and Project Manager with regional and national firms. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato while also competing in Pole Vault for Mavericks Track and Field…..’must have been a big pole!

Vicki McKay

Human Resources Director

Vicki McKay is responsible for leading the Company’s efforts related to leadership development, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, staff development and employee relations. Ms. McKay has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources leadership roles. Previously, she served as V.P.-Human Resources for a 1,000 employee fiberglass motor yacht manufacturing company where she led the Human Resources effort for 15 years and also played a key role in the continuous improvement of the safety program by collaborating closely with the Environmental/Safety Manager. Vicki was raised on a grain farm in southwest Minnesota, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.


Ed MacLeod

Environmental, Health & Safety Director

Ed MacLeod is a 40 year veteran in occupational safety & health, industrial hygiene, fire/safety and hazardous materials. MacLeod is responsible for the management, performance and improvement of the Environmental, Health & Safety for all Ellingson employees. Prior to Ellingson Companies, MacLeod served in a number of leadership positions where he was responsible for multiple award winning safety programs. MacLeod is a Board Certified Safety Professional with a certificate in Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST) as well as OSHA General Industry Safety & Health Specialist.

Derrik Ellingson

General Manager – RRV

Derrik joined Ellingson Companies in 2000. Ellingson grew up spending countless hours hanging out with his grandfather and father learning the family business. Derrik quickly developed a passion for farming and farm drainage. Mr. Ellingson started out as a Laborer, working his way up through the business and eventually taking part on the first directional drilling project for Ellingson Companies. In 2010 Derrik stepped in to a Production Manager role and relocated to the Fargo area. Today, Derrik oversees the daily operations of the Red River Valley office and is responsible for leading the Agricultural Drainage business development team.

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