New Wisconsin 75 entry Foth & Van Dyke also won innovation award

De Pere-based Foth & Van Dyke LLC, a new entry to the Wisconsin 75 list, was the engineering firm for a $300 million vegetable processing facility Conagra Brands Inc.  opened this summer in Minnesota.

De Pere-based construction engineering firm Foth & Van Dyke LLC was just beginning work on a large, complicated project when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020.

The company, which does business as Foth, had been hired to provide engineering services on a new $300 million vegetable processing facility that food industry giant Conagra Brands Inc. was developing in Waseca, Minnesota.

Foth’s 80 or so engineers involved in that project worked from remote locations during the pandemic — a practice made possible through the use of such technology as 3D digital design models and virtual reality headsets, said Chief Executive Officer Randy Homel.

“We just took it to a whole new level,” Homel said.

That work on the Conagra project, the largest in Foth’s history, helped the firm win the Distinguished Performer Award for Innovation in this year’s Wisconsin 75 program.