Editorial: 02.24.2022

Season of Growth: Castle Expands its Team and Impact

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Delivering superior expertise and outstanding service to our clients has always been the highest priority for Castle.  

And we’re excited to share some recent developments that strengthen our team and expand the value we bring to our clients and communities. 

Castle Builds Momentum in Omaha

Castle’s work on the Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center in 2018 paved the way for us to make a long-term commitment to Omaha. In 2019, we opened a new office and welcomed Project Manager Dustin Moyer to our team to help manage project work, build our field crews and grow the office. Project Senior Engineer Joe Voypick joined Castle in 2020 to support that growth.

As we continue to expand our client relationships and project work, we’re thrilled to announce two strategic additions to our Omaha team: Project Director Kurt Dulle and Field Operations Manager John Bruegman.

With 30 years of experience, Dulle has led Castle’s Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP)/Utility Team in St. Louis for the last nine years. In Omaha, he’ll manage office operations and provide additional leadership and expertise for MEP/Utility clients, which have been our core market in that location. Dulle is currently commuting to Omaha and plans to relocate there by the end of 2022.

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“It’s exciting for me to join our Omaha team and community,” he said. “We have energetic people with go-getter attitudes and I have greatly enjoyed working with them so far in building this business. It’s our goal to provide consistent, quality utility work for our clients and be a trusted and reliable partner to them.”

As Castle’s new Field Operations Manager, Bruegman is responsible for its Omaha workforce and shop. He’s worked in the construction industry since high school, and for the last 22 years he and his wife, Jodi, managed Bruegman Excavation, a heavy equipment excavation contractor.


In working as collaborators and friendly competitors over the last few years, Castle and Bruegman realized they were stronger together and decided to combine their expertise. Bruegman brings additional self-perform leadership, field crews and relationships to our growing Omaha team.

“We could not be prouder that an industry veteran like John Bruegman chose to join Castle,” Castle Senior Vice President Mike Pranger said. “He truly rounds out our team and brings a concentrated focus on critical aspects of our business that we can’t live without – our craft workforce and our fleet. He is a natural fit and we appreciate the expertise and leadership he brings to our Omaha team.”

Bruegman is eager to continue working with clients and collaborate with current and new colleagues.

“Castle is a great team, and I look forward to the opportunities we have on deck,” he said. “I always focus on accommodating my clients’ needs, and now I have more people and resources to help me do that.”

To connect with our Omaha team, please reach out to Kurt Dulle.

Castle Names New St. Louis Project Director 

As Dulle transitions to his new role in Omaha, Castle has promoted Jeremy Wood to Project Director for MEP/Utility projects in St. Louis. Since joining Castle in 2019 after a decade in construction management, he has demonstrated a passion for utility work, customer service and creative problem-solving. From emergency repairs to large campus programs like the Saint Louis University infrastructure upgrade project, Wood has demonstrated excellent leadership that will serve him well as market leader. He is being mentored by Dulle throughout 2022 while acclimating to his new role.

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“Our MEP/Utility clients are in great hands,” Dulle said. “Jeremy is easy to work with and has a strong work ethic. He does a great job at integrating into project teams and thinking through all aspects of the project plan to do what is best for the project and get clients what they need. His attention to detail in project management will serve him well in leading the team and mentoring our younger professionals.”

Opening a New Location in San Diego

In 2018, Castle acquired Paul Hansen Equipment, a 50-year-old underground utility specialty contractor with a deep history of serving the San Diego community. And the company formally changed its name to Castle Contracting on Jan. 1, 2022.

By unifying under the Castle name, we’re able to serve our clients and communities even better by combining resources, best practices, project portfolios and expertise.

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With our expanded team of talented professionals, we are well equipped to provide solutions to civil and infrastructure needs and challenges. We can also offer our people more growth opportunities and rewarding careers while fulfilling our mission to be the best sitework contractor in America.

Jason Mrozek has served as vice president of Paul Hansen Equipment since 2018 and will continue in this role overseeing all Castle operations in the 11 counties of Southern California. He and his team continue working from their existing office in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon.

“The Southern California region brings immense opportunity to the earthwork and utility market, which our team has experienced through its rapid growth in just three years,” Mrozek said. “We’re building our team and services on the strong foundation of our legacy while ensuring we consistently maintain our client focus.”

Castle Senior Vice President Mike Pranger will continue overseeing operations in the central part of the U.S., including the St. Louis and Omaha offices.

“One thing we can rely on is that we are always evolving as we continuously improve our expertise and operations,” Pranger said. “We are grateful to the clients who continue to put their faith and trust in us. All of us enjoy working at Castle, and I’m excited to expand our team and resources for clients to tap into.”

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