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National Safety Month: Managing Workplace Stress

National Safety Month: Managing Workplace Stress

June is National Safety Month! Every week, Neumann Safety Manager James Machamer will share industry insights to promote National Safety Month and help foster a safer work environment. This week’s topic is Managing Workplace Stress. Stress. The word itself may be...

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Announcing Neumann Heart Fund 2023 Non-profit Recipients

Announcing Neumann Heart Fund 2023 Non-profit Recipients

2023 Neumann Heart Fund grant recipients’ representatives with Neumann employees. 2023 Neumann Heart Fund grant recipients’ representatives with Neumann employees. Neumann Brothers awarded $25,000 to organizations serving Iowans through employee-led charitable giving...

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Intern Spotlight: Katelyn Adams

Intern Spotlight: Katelyn Adams

Neumann Brothers is proud to re-introduce Katelyn Adams! Katelyn has been involved with Neumann for three years through co-op and internship programs. She is currently pursuing her degree in Construction Engineering at Iowa State University and will graduate this...

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Safety Spotlight: Eye Health

Safety Spotlight: Eye Health

Thousands of employees go blind each year from work-related eye injuries that are preventable with the proper use of eye and face protection. OSHA requires employers to provide eye and face protection to safeguard against chemical, environmental, radiological, and...

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Cody Paul Retirement

Cody Paul Retirement

After 37 years in the construction industry, one of our most valued Superintendents, Cody Paul, retired. Cody is a highly decorated Neumann leader, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to share his story.   Cody’s interest in construction began shortly after...

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Chad Bunner Retirement

Chad Bunner Retirement

This summer, after nearly 30 years in the construction industry, Chad Bunner retired from his position as Senior Vice President of Neumann Brothers.   Growing up on a farm in the Iowa countryside, Chad understood the value of hard work from a young age. From...

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Intern Spotlight: Tyler Gearhart

Intern Spotlight: Tyler Gearhart

Neumann Brothers is pleased to have Tyler Gearhart complete our summer internship! Tyler is studying Construction Management with a minor in Real Estate at the University of Northern Iowa. While pursuing his degree, Tyler is also an active UNI Construction Club...

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Safety Spotlight: Tool Safety & Machine Guards

Safety Spotlight: Tool Safety & Machine Guards

Did you know improper machine guarding is among the top 10 citations issued by OSHA? Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager James Machamer shares how we can reduce the risks associated with tools, machines, and equipment on the job site.Manufacturers design their tools and...

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Bryan Myers Named COO of Neumann Brothers

Bryan Myers Named COO of Neumann Brothers

At their most recent Board of Directors meeting, Neumann Brothers announced the promotion of Bryan Myers to Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Mr. Myers will work alongside President Mike Simpson overseeing Neumann’s day-to-day operations, implementing the...

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Safety Spotlight: Warm Weather Safety

Safety Spotlight: Warm Weather Safety

The warm summer months bring a significant increase in weather temperatures and humidity levels. Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager, James Machamer, discusses the severity of heat-related illnesses and the impact on our team members in the construction industry.  ...

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National Safety Month: Slips, Trips, & Falls

National Safety Month: Slips, Trips, & Falls

June is National Safety Month! Every week, Neumann Safety Manager James Machamer will share industry insights to promote National Safety Month and help foster a safer work environment. This week’s topic is Slips, Trips, and Falls. Slips, trips, and falls were the...

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Safety Spotlight: Mental Health

Safety Spotlight: Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager, James Machamer, has a passion for mental health awareness and encourages open conversations about these delicate topics. “There is no easy way to approach subjects like mental health or suicide...

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Safety Spotlight: Distracted Driving

Safety Spotlight: Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Today, driving on the road is more dangerous than ever before! Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager James Machamer shares how to be less distracted and avoid costly mishaps on the road. Taking the time to emphasize safe driving...

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Robbi Howard Retirement

Robbi Howard Retirement

This spring, after 48 years with Neumann Brothers, one of our most valued Superintendents, Robbi Howard, retired.   Robbi is a proud Iowa native who discovered his love for construction in kindergarten after building a wooden airplane. He continued his journey at...

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Joel Jensen Retirement

Joel Jensen Retirement

One of Neumann Brothers’ most steadfast Superintendents, Joel Jensen, retired on 2/22/22 at 2:22 PM after 46 years in the construction industry. Joel was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and always knew he would end up working with his hands. He spent much of his...

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Safety Spotlight: Heart Health, CPR, and AED

Safety Spotlight: Heart Health, CPR, and AED

February isn’t just for love – it’s also an excellent opportunity to discuss heart health! This month, we’re highlighting the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, automated external defibrillator (AED) training, and first aid (FA) training. The...

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Accepting Applicants for 2023 Neumann Heart Fund

Accepting Applicants for 2023 Neumann Heart Fund

Neumann Brothers is now accepting applications for its employee-led charitable giving initiative, the Neumann Heart Fund. Funding has increased this year for a total of $25,000 to be donated to non-profits serving Iowans. “Giving back to the local communities we live...

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Safety Spotlight: Cold Weather

Safety Spotlight: Cold Weather

January is an excellent time of year to discuss cold weather safety tips. Neumann’s Safety Manager James Machamer is here to help you stay safe and warm on the job! Winter snow has settled across Central Iowa construction projects and provides an excellent reminder to...

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Superintendent Promotions

Superintendent Promotions

Don Owens, General Superintendent at Neumann BrothersOver 30 years ago, Don chose to continue his family tradition of becoming a Neumann Laborer and has been with us ever since. He has climbed the ranks from Laborer to Labor Foreman, Project Superintendent, and most...

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Safety Spotlight: Employee Wellness

Safety Spotlight: Employee Wellness

This December, we are highlighting the importance of Employee Wellness with our Stretch & Flex Program. Neumann’s Safety Manager James Machamer provides great information for maintaining and improving employee health – both on and off the job! Promoting Safety...

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Newest Project Managers

Newest Project Managers

Neumann is proud to announce the promotions of Jeremy Alden and Dan Larsen to Project Managers! They have nearly 30 years combined experience in the construction industry and are a tremendous asset to the Neumann team. We invite you to learn more about Jeremy and Dan...

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Newest Assistant Project Managers

Newest Assistant Project Managers

Neumann is excited to announce two recent promotions to Assistant Project Manager! We are incredibly proud of Kingsley Jewett and David Warner for their contributions to our team, and we are looking forward to their continued success. Kingsley Jewett, Assistant...

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Safety Spotlight: Carbon Monoxide

Safety Spotlight: Carbon Monoxide

November is Carbon Monoxide Safety Month. Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager James Machamer shares the dangers of the “invisible killer” and how to stay safe on the job site. Carbon Monoxide Basics Eyes (CO cannot be seen), Nose (CO cannot be smelled), Ears (CO cannot...

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Newest Project Engineers

Newest Project Engineers

Neumann is happy to announce three new Project Engineers who joined our team in late summer of 2021. Scroll down for details about each of our new team members!Project Engineer James McNaughton 7/7/2021 Neumann is excited to welcome back James McNaughton. James has...

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Safety Spotlight: Fire Protection

Safety Spotlight: Fire Protection

The month of October is dedicated to Fire Protection Month. Neumann Brothers’ Safety Manager, James Machamer, shares some basics for reducing fire risks on the jobsite. Fire Protection Basics Fire protection on construction projects begins with proper planning. From...

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Intern Spotlight: Carlos Jimenez

Intern Spotlight: Carlos Jimenez

Neumann Brothers was pleased to have Carlos Jimenez join our internship program this summer! Carlos is starting his second year at Iowa State University and is pursuing a degree in Construction Engineering. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Carlos enjoys spending...

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Intern Spotlight: Jonah Vicker

Intern Spotlight: Jonah Vicker

Neumann Brothers was pleased to have Jonah Vicker join our internship program this summer. Jonah is currently attending Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Construction Engineering. Born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa, Jonah enjoys spending time with his friends...

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New Project Completed: Webster County Courthouse

New Project Completed: Webster County Courthouse

Neumann Brothers is proud to share the completion of the Webster County Courthouse historical restoration project in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Originally built in 1902, the Webster County Courthouse is a four-story Classical Revival-style building located in the heart of...

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Newest Safety Manager

Newest Safety Manager

Please help us welcome Neumann’s new Safety Manager, James Machamer! James brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we are honored to have him as part of our team. James has an extensive history in both the medical and safety fields. He always knew he wanted...

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New Project Completed: Missouri Valley JATC

New Project Completed: Missouri Valley JATC

Neumann is excited to announce the completion of the Missouri Valley Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) project! The Missouri Valley JATC building is a state-of-the-art training facility for the Missouri Valley Line Constructors located in Indianola,...

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New Project Completed: Edna Griffin Building

New Project Completed: Edna Griffin Building

Neumann Brothers is proud to have been the general contractor on the Edna Griffin building completed earlier this year. Originally constructed in 1885, the building has been home to various retailers, banks, restaurants, office space, and apartment tenants. Over the...

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Henry Putney Retires

Henry Putney Retires

After 44 years with Neumann Brothers, and 50 years in the construction industry, one of our most valued Superintendents, Henry Putney, retires. Henry, an Army Veteran, joined the military in 1972 and spent two years in Germany. Then returned home two years later and...

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Intern Spotlight: Tyler Bruinekool

Intern Spotlight: Tyler Bruinekool

Tyler Bruinekool, marketing and communications intern, joined our team this past summer. During the 2020 summer months, Tyler implemented the knowledge he acquired at Drake University to help develop strategic marketing and business development plans. He also...

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Intern Spotlight: Pierce Gelhaus

Intern Spotlight: Pierce Gelhaus

Pierce Gelhaus has been a Neumann Brothers intern and co-op for the past two years, and we are happy to share that this summer, Pierce returned to our team once again! Pierce is a native Iowan from Forest City. He is starting his final year at Iowa State University...

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Newly Promoted Superintendents

Newly Promoted Superintendents

Justin Berg is a talented Neumann team member with over 12 years of experience in carpentry. His attention to detail and innovative approach has served him well in his career, including working on many notable projects like Grinnell College, Musco Sports Lighting, and...

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Curt Small Retires

Curt Small Retires

One of our most valued Superintendents, Curt Small, retired this spring after 46 years of experience in the construction industry and 36 years with Neumann Brothers. Curt first started his career with Neumann Brothers in the mill shop fabricating custom cabinetry and...

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Bill Ivanovich Retires

Bill Ivanovich Retires

“I grew up around here, Neumann is like another family to me.” – Project Superintendent Bill Ivanovich Bill Ivanovich retired from Neumann Brothers December 2, 2019 after 45 years on the job. But Billy’s been a fixture in the company for even longer. “Some people have...

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Safety Spotlight: Best Practices for Newcomers

Safety Spotlight: Best Practices for Newcomers

By Alec Schaufenbuel As new workers join the construction industry, it is important to remember that not everyone understands general construction procedures, including safety procedures and best practices. Things that seem second nature or common sense to those of us...

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Ten Years Later: Looking back on the World Food Prize

Ten Years Later: Looking back on the World Food Prize

Ten years ago Neumann Brothers kicked off the $23 million restoration of the historic 1903 Des Moines Public Library building into the headquarters for the World Food Prize Foundation. The three-phase project took two and a half years to complete and was the first...

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Looking Back: Barbican Sculpture

Looking Back: Barbican Sculpture

What started as an idea for a waterfall feature in a penthouse suite entryway at the Barbican, turned into this one-of-a-kind, two-story sculpture made with dichroic glass. The sculpture was completed in March, 2014. Brought in from Germany, dichroic glass is produced...

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Under Construction: Remodeling LMC

Under Construction: Remodeling LMC

In 2003, Neumann Brothers was hired to completely remodel LMC Insurance & Risk Management’s West Des Moines office space. Now, 16 years later, we have been hired again to assist LMC with pre-planning, budgeting and construction of their new 29,154 SF tenant...

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New Beginnings: Work Starts on Fairfield Inn Project

New Beginnings: Work Starts on Fairfield Inn Project

We have been selected as the Construction Manager Agent for a new four-story, 76 room Fairfield Inn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Our team will be supporting the Oskaloosa Gateway Hotel, LLC (Owner) and working closely with their representatives and trade contractors on...

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Expanding BH Management’s Office Space

Expanding BH Management’s Office Space

Neumann Brothers is working once again with BH Management to remodel and expand their existing tenant space in the Capital Square building. The team completed BH Management’s current space renovation in 2017. The current expansion project will add 7,500 square feet of...

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Safety Spotlight: Pre-Planning for Safety

Safety Spotlight: Pre-Planning for Safety

Project and task pre-planning is more common and necessary in today’s construction industry than ever before. Having the rights tools and products exactly when you need them, leads to a safer, faster work pace, and more efficient construction – which could result in...

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Marc Barnes Retires

Marc Barnes Retires

On March 29th, Warehouse Manager Marc Barnes officially retired from Neumann Brothers after 26 years. Hired directly after the floods of 1993, Marc worked to establish new warehouse operational procedures to streamline the deployment and redeployment of materials,...

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Safety Spotlight: Excavations

Safety Spotlight: Excavations

Excavation is the process of moving materials such as earth or rock. In construction, excavation is used to create building foundations and roads by trenching, digging, or dredging with tools or equipment. Excavation sites on a construction project are some of the...

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Safety Spotlight: Ladders

Safety Spotlight: Ladders

Ladders are common equipment on construction projects, allowing workers access to work spaces that are not easily reachable from the ground. However, care should always be taken on or around ladders. Using and climbing ladders is a daily occurrence on jobsites and...

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Understanding the State Historical Preservation Office

Understanding the State Historical Preservation Office

Throughout our 107 year history, we have completed countless historical restoration projects. These projects require careful consideration to preserve and restore the original, historically significant aspects of the space. Some owners will elect to receive a tax...

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Safety Spotlight: Machine Guarding

Safety Spotlight: Machine Guarding

By Alec Schaufenbuel Foremen and Superintendents hold weekly meetings with their crews to discuss various safety topics ranging from fall protection to crane signaling. These meetings provide everyone an opportunity to discuss safety in general and the issues that...

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