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Knife River Restructures Operations


In an effort to streamline its business and management structure, Knife River has reorganized all of its operations under three leaders

In an effort to streamline its business and management structure, Knife River has reorganized all of its operations under three leaders.

The Western area, led by area President Dave Barney, encompasses Knife Riverís Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho operations. Under the guidance of area President Tim Crennen, the Central region includes Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Texas operations. The Energy Services division, based in Sioux City, Iowa, will remain under the leadership of President Irving Jensen. This division specializes in bulk liquid asphalt cement and has additional terminals in Waco, Texas, and Corson, S.D.

ìIn this tough economy we need to be more focused and efficient in all aspects of our business including senior management. This is the right move under the right leadership,î says Knife River Corp. President and CEO Bill Schneider. ìDave, Tim and Irving are excellent hands-on business leaders with extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry. Under their leadership, they will ensure Knife River is strategically prepared for an upward turn in the economy and our industry.î

Through a 1993 acquisition, Barney joined Knife River and became president of two northern California operations in 1997, moving on to Pacific region president and then president of the entire Pacific and Northwest operations. His experience includes over 30 years working in construction.

Crennen joined Knife River in 1999, initially working in the Billings division. He was later promoted to lead the North Central region. Crennen has 27 years of experience in the construction materials and contracting industry.

Jensen began working in his familyís highway and heavy construction business at an early age. He started in the refinery industry and in 1992 returned to work with Jebro, Inc., becoming the chief operating officer in 1996. In 2005 Knife River acquired Jebro and has since expanded the operations under the direction of Jensen.

Knife River successful bidder for $41 million in highway work

The Central Texas division was low bidder on $19.3 million in work on four different state highway projects, with the largest being $9.2 million. The other projects are $4 million, $5.1 million and $1 million. Knife River - Central Minnesota, was the low bidder on a $14.3 million job to complete a lengthy reconstruct and hot-mix asphalt overlay.

Knife Riverís newest division, the Yellowstone Division in Billings, Mont., was the low bidder on a Montana DOT project to reconstruct approximately four miles of highway. Knife Riverís bid was $7.7 million. The division is in its first year of a six-year Montana Department of Environmental Quality project to reclaim a 35-acre area north of Yellowstone National Park containing nearly 300,000 tons of abandoned gold tailings.