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Our History

In the mid-1940s, Juel Market and Milt Johnson worked for Walker Brothers Construction constructing homes in the Eau Claire area.

In 1948, they decided to form their own company to build homes.

In 1952, Market & Johnson constructed their first commercial project, Altoona High School in Altoona, Wisconsin, and by 1956 the company had transitioned from home building to commercial construction.

In 1964, Milt Johnson decided to sell his portion of the firm to Juel Market. That same year Marv Market joined the firm. His brother, Dan Market, joined in 1970.

Throughout the years, the firm experienced a steady rate of growth initially having annual sales of about $200,000. Today we are western Wisconsin's largest contractor with over $400 million in annual construction volume.

In 1995, the company expanded by adding an office in La Crosse, Wisconsin and in 2013 we expanded again by opening an office in Oakdale, Minnesota.

While today’s ownership team has expanded beyond the Market Family to include four key employees, the original principles established by Juel Market remain the same; complete the job in a timely fashion, maintain the highest quality that can be achieved and do the project right the first time.

Today, Market & Johnson, Inc. is a premier general contractor/construction manager with a footprint that extends well beyond our roots in western Wisconsin. By maintaining a core set of principles that go back to the company's start over seventy years ago, Market & Johnson continues to diversify and provide construction solutions for new industry segments and across a much broader geography

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Dan Market

Dan is CEO of Market & Johnson and has over 50 years of construction experience. He is a key member of the senior management team and oversees the business development department. Dan has experienced all aspects of construction — including supervising projects in the field and performing project management. He serves on the Board of Directors for Market & Johnson, Eau Claire Confluence Inc., and is active member of the Chippewa Valley Angel Network.

Jerry Shea

Jerry has over 35 years in the construction industry and has specialized in complex construction projects. He has had hands-on experience in many facets of the business, ranging from Project Manager to Operations Manager to President of Market & Johnson. In his role as president, Jerry continues to be involved in providing executive support throughout the life-cycle of each project. He has been a partner in ownership of Market & Johnson since 2004 and serves on Market & Johnson’s Board of Directors.


Jerry attended UW-Stout and has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Building Construction.


Kevin Renley, LEED AP
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Renley began his career at Market & Johnson 20 years ago as a project manager and today is the company’s Chief Operating Officer, where his role has expanded to oversee Market & Johnson’s operations. Kevin is a LEED Accredited Professional, registered by the State of Wisconsin as a Professional Engineer and is ASHE Certified for Healthcare Construction. Kevin is an active member of the M&J team and is a partner in ownership of Market & Johnson since January 2012 and serves on Market & Johnson’s Board of Directors.
Kevin is a graduate of UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Jason Plante
Vice President

Jason has had many leadership roles throughout his 21-year career as VP of Business Development for Market & Johnson. In January 2012, he joined the ownership team and serves as a member of our Board of Directors. While his role as Director of Business Development serves to initiate new business relationships as well as maintain old ones, he also provides oversight on other areas of construction, such as site selection, financial analysis, budget estimating, financing, design review, construction review and city approvals. In addition to being responsible for leading and overseeing the development of business opportunities for Market & Johnson, he is heavily involved in the community through service and community leadership.


Jason holds a Marketing and Management degree from UW-Eau Claire.


Mike Seichter
Vice President

Mike Seichter has been with Market & Johnson for 30 years and has over 40 years of construction experience. He was our first employee in the La Crosse area, and as Division Manager, he leads the office and is a readily accessible liaison between our clients, their architects, and our field staff. He is dedicated to managing the project schedule, anticipating any challenges, and finding workable solutions to bring each project to a completed state that exceeds our clients' expectations. In addition to his Division Manager duties, he is a partner in ownership of Market & Johnson since 2012 and serves on Market & Johnson's Board of Directors.
Mike has a bachelor's degree in Construction Management from UW-Stout.


Chad Ellingson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Chad joined Market & Johnson in 2018 in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer and serves as a member of our Board of Directors. He has eight years of experience in the construction industry. Chad is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a Master of Professional Accountancy.

2350 Galloway St.
P.O. Box 630
Eau Claire, WI 54702-0630
Fax: (715) 834-2331
1652 Lakeshore Dr.
La Crosse, WI 54603
Fax: (608) 782-7873
7300 Hudson Blvd
Suite 165
Oakdale, MN 55128
Fax: (651) 846-5607