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Today's Read: Union-rigged government contract scheme plays favorites, robs jobs

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Content courtesy of Pacific Legal Foundation

Editor's note: The company prominently featured in the article - Lakeside Electric - is actually Laketown Electric.

If you've ever visited the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, there's a decent chance you've encountered the work of Lakeside Electric. In fact, CEO Matt Bergman says the electrical handicraft of the company his dad started 44 years ago is woven into many large buildings Minnesotans use every day.

"We've done municipal projects like wastewater treatment plants, police stations, city halls, courthouses, and jails," Matt says. "We've also done ball fields and a brewery. And we're doing a food hall in downtown Minneapolis that will have six different restaurants. Nearly anything you can name, we've done it."

Much of the work came about after Matt took the helm of the family business following his father's death seven years ago. Since then, the firm has grown from 12 employees to 110, opened a second location, and offers training and profit-sharing bonuses, making it one of the fastest growing companies in the Twin Cities.

Despite their proven expertise, one area remains virtually untouchable to Matt's team: the Minneapolis School District.

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