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Knife River Names New Division Presidents

Knife River Corp. named Rob Rebel the new president for its Central North Dakota Division. “Rob has a comprehensive career in the construction industry and has a proven track record of improving operations, effectively managing assets and guiding large work forces,” said Tim Crennen, president of Knife River’s Central Area. “We need his leadership and talent to carry on the strength of our North Dakota operations. He is a good fit with the excellent team we already have in place in that division.”

Rebel has been with Knife River since 2003 and most recently was the senior aggregate engineer working with all of Knife River’s aggregate operations to improve product processes, assist with capital purchases and relocate aggregate assets.

“It is an honor to take on this new role for Knife River. North Dakota is proving to be a strong market for the construction industry and there are many new growth opportunities,” Rebel said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family and I look forward to working together with all division employees to strengthen Knife River’s business in this state.”

Prior to joining Knife River, Rebel held numerous roles in the construction industry for more than 20 years, including environmental manager, controller, estimator, general manager and vice president. He is a Richardton, N.D., native and is a graduate of Dickinson State University in business administration and computer science.

Rebel will oversee all the Bismarck, Fargo, Mandan, Washburn and Beulah facilities in addition to numerous leases located throughout North Dakota.

Knife River also named Roy Kirkpatrick president of its Texas operations.

“Roy is an incredible asset for our Texas operations. He is a strong leader and is ready to take on the challenges of growing our Texas operations,” said Crennen. “We are fortunate to have his experience and expertise on our team and look forward to seeing his strategic goals developed in that region.”

Kirkpatrick has been with Knife River since 2007, working as the vice president of materials. He performed sales and operational responsibility for all aggregate, asphalt, ready-mix and rail distribution facilities. In early June, he was named interim president in Texas.

“I am honored that Knife River chose me for this role and look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the Texas construction industry,” Kirkpatrick said. “There are 600 talented men and women working for Knife River in Texas, and together we are going to expand our footprint and develop an even stronger Knife River operation.”

Knife River’s Texas operations include plants and facilities centered in Waco, Bryan/College Station, Tyler, Killeen, Beaumont and New Braunfels.

Kirkpatrick is a Tyler, Texas, native and a graduate of Texas A&M in marketing and played football for the Aggies. He has worked more than 30 years in the construction industry in a variety of capacities. He and his wife Merrill are long-time residents of the Bryan/College Station area.