Dahme equipment shop

Who We are

Started by four local brothers in 1956, Dahme has slowly but steadily morphed into a leading civil contractor with over 70 years of experience in the region. We tackle large and complex municipal infrastructure projects but also straightforward residential utility jobs. For each one, we bring unmatched determination, a can-do attitude, and relentless work ethic.

Our Mission

To always find ways to improve and never settle for “good enough”. To meet expectations, then exceed them. To care for our customers and the job site.

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The Dahme Construction Story

It all started in 1956, when Dahme Construction was started by four brothers who were either still in the service or had just gotten out.

Originally the focus was on excavating and dirt work with their bulldozer. Eventually, Dahme became an equipment pioneer in the area, becoming the first contractor to own a backhoe, boom crane, cement pump, and other equipment.

Howard’s son Gary Dahme took over in 1988, running the business until late 2016. Now, his wife Molly Dahme is the current owner. Many members of the family have and continue to work for Dahme today.

Today, Dahme is a leading civil underground infrastructure contractor for Northeast South Dakota. They have handle some of the biggest jobs for companies like:

  • 3M
  • Agtegra
  • Northern State University
  • Avera St. Lukes Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Menards
  • YMCA
  • Presentation College
  • Demokota Ranch Beef Plant
  • Various municipal water and utility projects for cities across the region.

View our work to see what Dahme Construction can do for your next job.

Meet the Team

Molly Dahme


Shawn Hansen


James Torigian

Office Manager

Jeremey Hofer

Vice President/Estimator

Hugh Dahme

Vice President/General Manager, 49 years of service

Safety is Everything

Production is always important, but safety is non-negotiable. Dahme's people are trained to ensure safety with each step on a job site.

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Our greatest asset is our employees. Their safety is our number one priority.
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We enforce a drug free work environment. 
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We hold multiple annual training certifications: OSHA, IMSHA, First Aid classes, and CPR for all employees.
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We maintain a safe work environment on every job site AND in the shop.
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Community involvement

Supporting our local community is an important part of the way we do business. We use locally-purchased iron, local contractors, and local talent for the projects we work on. But we also invest in the local community by supporting numerous youth / sports events through donations.

We are a proud supporter of:

  • Area youth athletics
  • NSU
  • 4H
  • Aberdeen Christian School
  • Aberdeen Men’s softball
  • Aqua Addicts waterski team

Trusted by companies & cities across the region

Let's get to work.

Dahme Construction is an experienced infrastructure contractor you can count on. 
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