Our Vision: To be the best provider of quality finishes that fulfill our customers’ expectations with integrity, while providing a safe and fulfilling work environment for our employees.

The S&Y Way

S&Y embraces the philosophy that our employees are our most valued asset, as well as the driving force behind the company’s success. To honor our employees, the S&Y Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) fosters a culture of reward sharing based on company performance. All qualified office employees are automatically enrolled in the ESOP retirement plan, making them stakeholders in the company.

Our History

In 1946, the partnership of Swanson & Youngdale was formed with a handshake. The company foundation Vern Swanson established runs deep—fueling our growth even to this day. From our very first job painting a house, to painting U.S. Bank Stadium and beyond, Swanson & Youngdale has never strayed from its relentless commitment to quality—always striving to be the best.

Vern’s philosophy – work hard and treat those around you the way you
would like to be treated – was simple, yet effective.


Vern Swanson and Bob Youngdale

Why Work at S&Y

S&Y is an industry-leading contractor with over 70 years of experience completing intensely detailed, challenging projects. We have accomplished this by employing the most talented and dedicated people in the industry. If you are looking for a rewarding career, we are always looking for qualified individuals to enhance our team!


Contact your local painters union for more information on the apprenticeship program.

Community Involvement

Since 1989, S&Y has been a proud participant in the Minnesota Keystone program—a program recognizing leading businesses that are making a difference in the community. As part of Keystone, S&Y donates 2% of our pre-tax earnings each year to support valuable programs in our state.

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