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Heymann Construction Co. closes

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The Heymann Construction Co. building at 210 3rd St. S.

NEW ULM — Rumors of Heymann Construction Company’s imminent closing were confirmed Friday.

In a press release, company president Jerry O’Brien said:

“After serving New Ulm and the surrounding area for over 100 years, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at Heymann Construction company effective the end of the business day Friday, June 14, 2019.”

O’Brien said this decision was not made lightly and the company would have preferred to remain in business, but at this time it was not possible.

At the time of the closing, Heymann Construction had 15 employees. They were notified of the closing two weeks ago.

Heymann Construction’s impact on the New Ulm community is visible throughout the city. The company served as general contractor on many structures.

In 1996, the company was named New Ulm Industry of the year. In a special for this award Journal Editor Kevin Sweeny said:

“It’s hard to find a significant building or landmark in New Ulm that hasn’t been built or touched in some way by Heymann Construction.”

The insert listed several of Heymann’s general contractor projects including; Jefferson, Washington and New Ulm Senior High Schools, Martin Luther College, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools and Cathedral High School, Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, 3M Company, Kraft Foods, New Ulm Fire Station, the Glockenspiel, New Ulm Medical Center, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oak Hills Living Center, Christ The King Lutheran Church, Case Wise Foods and the New Ulm Public Library. In recent years, Heymann worked on other buildings including the new Bank Midwest building.

Heymann Construction was founded in 1918 by Otto Heymann in partnership with John B. Kraus. The partnership dissolved in the 1930s.

Heymann’s first major project was the original library across from New Ulm City Hall built in 1937-1938. The company also built the new library 35 years later.

“Heymann Construction would like to thank its loyal employees for their many years of service,” the press release said. “It is because of people like these that we were able to serve New Ulm for many years.

“Even though this is not the way we had hoped to see things end, we have and will continue to feel proud that we have been involved in the construction of many buildings that will continue to serve the New Ulm community well into the future.”

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