Our History

Through the Years

Nelson-Rudie started as a two-person company in 1976. Explore our company’s history and how we’ve grown through the years.

1976: FOUNDED

Nelson-Rudie was founded in July 1976 by Dennis Nelson and Scott Rudie and initially offered structural and mechanical consulting engineering services. Dennis and Scott previously worked together at The Cerny Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Minneapolis, where Dennis led the structural engineering department and Scott led the mechanical engineering department. The first Nelson-Rudie office was located downtown Minneapolis.

1976: FIRST EMPLOYEES

The first two employees hired were Steve Peeke, mechanical drafter (August 1976) and Ron Severson, structural drafter (September 1976). Steve and Ron retired from Nelson-Rudie after 40+ years with the company.

1977: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING ADDED

Electrical consulting engineering services were added to Nelson-Rudie with the hire of Pepito Albay.

1978: FIRST OFFICE EXPANSION

Dennis Nelson, Scott Rudie and David Runyan purchased a building at 2412 Valentine Avenue in St. Paul just off Highway 280 and north of I-94. The building was remodeled to house the separate offices of Nelson-Rudie and David Todd Runyan & Associates (architects).

1985: CAD DRAFTING

Nelson-Rudie was one of the first Minnesota consulting engineering companies in the Twin Cities to utilize a CAD drafting and design system for building engineering services. One of the first clients for which we implemented these services was Shopko Stores, in associated with KKE Architects.

1985 CAD Drafting
1985 CAD Drafting

1987: NEW OFFICE OPENED

Nelson-Rudie opened an office in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis in the same building as KKE Architects located on First Avenue North and North 3rd Street (300 First Avenue North).

Dennis Nelson
Dennis Nelson

1996: OWNERSHIP EXPANSION

Joseph Pearce, structural engineer; Michael Woehrle, mechanical engineer; and Andrew Erdmann, electrical engineer, all with more than 12 years of experience with Nelson-Rudie, joined in company ownership with Dennis Nelson and Scott Rudie.

Front Row (left-right): Scott Rudie and Dennis Nelson. Back Row (left-right): Joseph Pearce, Andrew Erdmann and Michael Woehrle
Front Row (left-right): Scott Rudie and Dennis Nelson. Back Row (left-right): Joseph Pearce, Andrew Erdmann and Michael Woehrle

1996: RELOCATION

Nelson-Rudie moves back to St. Paul into a CSM Corporation development near University Avenue West and adjacent to Highway 280 (2575 University Avenue West).

Nelson-Rudie moves back to St. Paul

1996: MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY

Nelson-Rudie celebrated its 20th anniversary.

2003: OWNERSHIP TRANSFER & CO-FOUNDER RETIRES

Dennis Nelson sells the last of his remaining stock in Nelson-Rudie to the remaining partners. Dennis works part-time for approximately 1 1⁄2 years and the company respectfully honors his request of a silent retirement in 2004.

2000 Holiday Party; Recognizing Dennis Nelson for 25 years with Nelson-Rudie.
2000 Holiday Party; Recognizing Dennis Nelson for 25 years with Nelson-Rudie.
Andrew Erdmann and Dennis Nelson
Andrew Erdmann and Dennis Nelson

2009: RELOCATION

The company grows rapidly requiring larger office space and moves to a new location in the Minneapolis suburb of New Hope, east of Highway 169 (9100 49th Avenue North).

2009 Nelson Rudie relocation

2012: OWNERSHIP EXPANSION

John Brison, mechanical engineer; Frederic Decourt, mechanical engineer; and Jeffrey Piehl, electrical engineer, joined in company ownership.

John Brison
John Brison
Frederic Decourt
Frederic Decourt
Jeffrey Piehl
Jeffrey Piehl

2014: OWNERSHIP TRANSFER

Scott Rudie and Andrew Erdmann sell remaining shares of stock to the owners. Both Scott and Andy work as consultants until 2017.

Scott Rudie
Scott Rudie
Andy Erdmann
Andrew Erdmann

2016: MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY

Nelson-Rudie celebrated its 40th anniversary with an open house attended by the company founders, current and former employees, clients and business associates.

2017: OWNERS & FIRST EMPLOYEES RETIRE

Scott Rudie, co-founder; Andrew Erdmann, owner; and Nelson-Rudie’s first two employees, Steve Peeke and Ron Severson, retire from the company. These long-standing employees provided the following years of service to Nelson-Rudie: Scott (41 years), Andrew (31 years), Steve (40 years) and Ron (41 years).

Scott Rudie
Scott Rudie
Andrew Erdmann
Andrew Erdmann
Steve Peeke
Steve Peeke
Ron Severson
Ron Severson

TODAY

The Minneapolis-based company continues to offer structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services, has grown to more than 55 employees with professional engineers registered/licensed in all 50 states, District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces.

The company’s principals are: Joseph Pearce, Michael Woerhle, John Brison, Frederic Decourt and Jeffrey Piehl. Learn more about our leadership team.