Written by Rob Krzys for Trenchless Technology®
From humble beginnings in a two-car garage, to a state-of-theart manufacturing facility, Akkerman Inc. celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023.
The foundation of Akkerman came from a contractor’s background when Don (D.H.) and Marlys Akkerman established D.H. Akkerman Construction in 1956. With a focus on civil construction, D.H. Akkerman saw a need to develop new and innovative equipment for safe and efficient crossings, producing their first TBM (tunnel boring machine) in 1963. Ten years later Akkerman Inc. was established, and Maynard Akkerman joined his father at D.H. Akkerman Construction. Today, third generation Justin Akkerman leads Akkerman Inc.
The Brownsdale, Minnesota-based trenchless manufacturer hosted a 50th anniversary event in September at its facility. Trenchless Technology joined in the celebration. Coincidentally, we had three generations of Benjamin Media — Bernie Krzys, Rob Krzys and Meghan (Krzys) Squires — travel to and the main office entrance. The details were awesome.