Editor's note: This story is advertorial content that is part of the 2021 "Essential to Jamestown" special edition of The Jamestown Sun. The annual Progress Edition features stories on essential workers, agencies and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Interstate Engineering in Jamestown marks a milestone this year. The engineering firm headquartered in Jamestown marks 45 years of operations and has grown into a regional company specializing in planning and developing projects for governments and private companies.

"We were founded in 1976 with the headquarters in Jamestown," said Travis Dillman, engineer for the company. "Now we have grown to a number of states."

Interstate Engineering was founded by Randy Pope, Clyde Mallory, Ross Millney, Ken Loveland and LeRoy Kautz as a general engineering firm. Kautz is the only surviving member of the founders and is still active within the company. The company is employee owned with the entire staff dedicated to the success of all projects, according to the company's website.

The company has offices in five states with the majority in North Dakota and Montana and more limited presences in South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota. Interstate Engineering offers surveying, engineering and planning services at all its locations. Services extend beyond the planning and design stages to construction management and observation for clients who require those services.

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"We do a lot of essential projects for communities," Dillman said. "Things like water, sewer, airports and roads."

Dillman said the number of government projects this year has been down slightly as communities are cautious about potential revenue losses because of COVID.

"We are thankful for the year we have had," he said.

Private and government projects have changed in the last four and half decades.

"The scale of the projects have gotten larger," Dillman said "The price tags have got larger but there are a lot of similar types of things."

Common projects include things like roads, water and sewer infrastructure and airports.

"We cover a lot of bases," Dillman said. "We have a broad depth and deep team to handle all aspects of a project."

The technology of designing and planning projects has also changed.

Computer drafting for project plans has replaced drawing plans by hand.

"We have a lot more software to aid with the overall design of a project," Dillman said.

But computers and software do not automatically result in a successful engineering firm.

"Community relations and dedication give the owner of the project a good product," Dillman said. "Our mission is to make their vision a reality."

Interstate Engineering has 27 employees in Jamestown and 130 across the company's other offices. The number of employees increases during the summer construction season.

The company can be reached at www.interstateeng.com/ or at 701-252-0234. A list of job openings is also available at the website for those seeking employment with the firm.