The Team

Founded in 1983, Niemela Construction has provided decades of fine craftsmanship, attentive service, and a positive jobsite atmosphere to home builders in the Twin Cities.

Raino Niemela's values have continued on to the next generation of leadership, as his son Bob and fellow owners Jake Ylioja and Jeremy Strand strive to live up to and beyond that legacy.

Team Members:


Thomas Anderson, Lead Carpenter

Zeke Aho, Carpenter

Richard Dworshak, Lead Carpenter
Steven Flock, Lead Carpenter

Brannon Grangroth, Carpenter

Jason Grangroth, Lead Carpenter

Charles Gulden, Carpenter

Matthew Hallstrom, Carpenter

Edwin Hillukka, Lead Carpenter

Orrin Hillukka, Operations Assistant

Trevor Hillukka, Carpenter

Laif Huhta, Woodworker

Tim Kehren, Carpenter
Alan McClaren, Lead Carpenter
Bob Niemela, President and Business Manager

Michael Niemela, Operations Assistant

Sasha Niemela, Executive Assistant
Tom Olejar, Carpenter

Steven Randall, Carpenter

Michael Reese, Carpenter

John Schimenz, Carpenter

Gary St. John, Carpenter

Brian Strand, Carpenter

Chad Strand, Executive Assistant

Mylan Strand, Operations Assistant
Jeremy Strand, VP Operations


Jake Ylioja, Vice President

Niemela Construction, Inc.