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Market & Johnson Announced as 2018 Paragon Award Recipient

Posted by Eau Claire Area EDC on February 18th, 2019

Market & Johnson, a commercial contractor based in Eau Claire since 1948, has been announced as the 2018 Paragon Award recipient to recognize their recent impact on the economy in the Eau Claire Area. Every year the Eau Claire Area EDC is proud to present the Paragon Award, sponsored by Royal Credit Union, to a local business that is a model of economic excellence. The Paragon Award is an opportunity to celebrate these businesses that support and enhance our community – making it a vibrant place to live and work.

Businesses are nominated for the Paragon Award by their peers within the community and each nomination is evaluated based on economic impact. Examples of economic impact include but are not limited to: creation of new, quality job opportunities; recent or current expansion of an existing facility; construction of a new facility; substantial investment in capital equipment; commitment to the continued education and training of their workforce; and innovations in the development of new technologies and products.

Over the course of 2018, Market & Johnson contributed significantly to the Eau Claire area’s economy through several of their recent projects that enabled new business and job development to grow within the area, significant capital investment in their Eau Claire headquarters, and their continued commitment to philanthropic efforts in our community.

“I would like to congratulate Market & Johnson on being selected to receive the 2018 Paragon Award,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “Market & Johnson has made a significant impact by focusing on projects that make our community a better place to live and work now and will continue to benefit generations to come. Royal Credit Union is proud to sponsor this award and celebrate businesses, like Market & Johnson, who are committed to strengthening the economy and quality of life in the Eau Claire area.”

Founded in 1948, Market & Johnson has grown over the past seventy years to become western Wisconsin’s largest construction management and general contracting company. With an annual construction volume of over $400 million and over 400 employees, Market & Johnson has the experience and the depth of resources to help companies large and small fulfill their construction needs. Their relevant project experience in advanced manufacturing, food processing, office and commercial construction, civic and municipal projects, medical, and multi-family housing have positioned Market & Johnson to continue to help the Eau Claire area and the Chippewa Valley grow and prosper.

Market & Johnson utilized their robust experience in many projects during 2018 that aided in the expansion or establishment of businesses in our community. These projects include Haymarket Landing, River Prairie Events Center, Mills Fleet Farm, and the new Drylock Technologies building.

In 2018 Market & Johnson celebrated its 70th anniversary by completing a more than $5 million expansion of their Eau Claire headquarters. This new headquarters serves as the “home base” for approximately 60 office staff and over 350 field staff.

They have also played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Eau Claire and the growth of UWEC, both which are imperative for our community’s sustainable economic growth. One of the most prolific projects that were completed in 2018 is the Pablo Center at the Confluence – which now serves as a hub for community events and downtown activities.

“Adding Value to Everything We Do” is more than just their tagline – it’s a philosophy that has been ingrained within the company’s culture to ensure they help their clients succeed. Market & Johnson’s continued commitment to giving back to the community includes philanthropic efforts including such as being a founding investor for the Confluence Center Project and one of the major investor in the new Pablo Center at the Confluence.

“The Paragon Award is an opportunity to celebrate the impact that a company makes within our community,” as explained by Luke Hanson, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Area EDC, “Market & Johnson is a shining example of how a local company can make a difference that affects everyone whether it is someone who is attending a show at the newly constructed Pablo Center or a job generated as a result from one of their many projects.”

Past winners of the Paragon Award includes: Artisan Forge Studios, Action City, Dynamic Fitness & Strength, Jamf Software, and Indianhead Food Distribution. To nominate a business for the Paragon Award, visit