April 1946 – Swanson & Youngdale is formed. Our first job: painting a new construction house. Vern didn’t have a car, so he traveled to the jobsite by streetcar—standing on the rear platform balancing a stepladder, paint buckets, brushes, and drop cloths.


1956 – S&Y completes the Metropolitan Sports Arena Stadium, the first of many stadiums the company has completed over the past 70 years.


S&Y revenue exceeds $2 million for the first time.


In 1978, S&Y receives a contract to paint Units 1 and 2 of the Coal Creek Station in Underwood, ND, for $1.8 million.


On April 1, 1980, to enable employees to acquire capital ownership in the company, the board of directors converts the profit sharing plan into an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).


1990 – Bob Swanson becomes President.


2000 – Painting is completed on the Xcel Energy Center.

2015 – Today

Work commences on Essar Steel, Nashwauk, Minnesota.