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In 1967, in a small town in northern Minnesota called Gonvick, NPL was founded by Noel T. Coon. Northern Gas Line Constructors, Inc. was its first name because of its northern roots and its focus on serving gas customers. The company is still serving its first customer. Its first employee, Dick Maple, is still working for NPL and, until recently, for the town of Gonvick, as the Mayor! Folklore has it that Dick is the only write-in candidate in history to ever win an election and still demand a re-count.

A lot has changed since the early days in Gonvick. By 1971, Northern Gas Line had progressed from doing local farm taps to completing large gas distribution projects in several nearby states. In 1974, the name was changed to Northern Pipeline Construction Company and the headquarters moved out of Gonvick to Bemidji, Minnesota. Its headquarters has moved twice since then: in 1979 to suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul, and in 1989 to its current location in Phoenix, Arizona. Today, with multiple locations across the United States, NPL has become the largest gas distribution contractor in the country. Building on this base, NPL is now becoming an infrastructure services contractor, offering a full line of turnkey energy and information systems services.

NPL’s growth is the result of a commitment to live by its Core Values:

Work Safe
Work Together
Treat All People with Respect
Take Care of Your Customers
Be a Good Steward
Keep It Simple
Tell the Truth
Never Quit
Always Do What Is Right
Remember, We Dig Ditches

NPL currently enjoys a national reputation for safe, high quality, cost-effective solutions and customer satisfaction, installing and replacing over ten million feet of pipe, wire, and information systems annually. NPL’s experienced management team will not rest on its rich history. It is building on its expertise to bring new cost-effective solutions, best industry practices and low-cost technologies to its customers.

As NPL looks to the future and sees the challenges that lie ahead in our changing industry, it is expanding its service offerings to meet current and future needs of its customers, staying true to its philosophy: “We exist to serve our customers.”