What is Baranko Companies? This was a question that once posed a significant challenge. It’s the story of uniting four distinct companies – Baranko Brothers, Inc., Center Coal Company, Baranko Environmental, LLC, and Baranko Services, LLC – each a leader in its own right, under a single name. The task was not just about giving these entities a collective name but about weaving together their individual strengths and identities into a cohesive and unified vision.
The journey of unification was as much about strategy as it was about synergy. How to blend the earthwork expertise of Baranko Brothers, Inc., with the supply of lignite coal from Center Coal Company, the environmental solutions of Baranko Environmental, LLC, and the specialized oilfield services of Baranko Services? It was a complex puzzle, requiring not just a merging of services and operations but also an alignment of values, cultures, and goals.
Central to this transformation was a shared vision, anchored in core values: Relationships, representing the foundation of success; Respect, embodying dignity, courtesy, and professionalism; Commitment, showing dedication to employees, customers, and community; Teamwork, highlighting collaboration for excellence; and Innovation, symbolizing the pursuit of better solutions.
In Baranko Companies, Relationships are as foundational as the structures created by Baranko Brothers, Inc. Respect is mirrored in Baranko Environmental, LLC’s dignified approach to environmental care. Center Coal Co. exemplifies Commitment in providing reliable lignite coal. Teamwork in Baranko Services underlines the collaborative spirit for achieving excellence. Innovation drives the group forward, leveraging expertise to innovatively address industry challenges
The evolution from individual companies to Baranko Companies is a story of enhanced strengths through unity. Today, Baranko Companies stands as a testament to diversity in unity, a dynamic force in North Dakota’s industrial sector, committed to sustainable growth and progress.
In Memory of Emil Baranko
“Emil Wayne Baranko was born February 25, 1935 at Belfield, North Dakota, the son of Steve and Olga (Evoniuk) Baranko. He grew up and attended country school in the Fairfield area, later graduating from Model High School. Emil attended 1 year at Dickinson State Teachers College. He then began working for the North Dakota State Highway Department. Emil enlisted into the United States Army in September 1957 and served until 1959 when he was honorably discharged. Emil returned to North Dakota and began rough necking in the oil patch and later began working construction with Schultz and Lindsay in North Dakota. Emil and Marcia (Ryberg) were united in marriage on June 16, 1962. The two were blessed with three children – Gregg, Gail and Glenn. Emil began farming and ranching with his father and brother. In 1967, he and his brother Ernie began Baranko Bro’s. Together they operated the business until 1979, when Ernie took over the farm and ranch, Emil continued working with Baranko Bro’s. Throughout the years, his sons, Gregg and Glenn then joined the business. Emil continued to run it until 2000 when he retired.
Emil enjoyed spending his time traveling both in the US and abroad. He and Marcia enjoyed wintering in Arizona until his health started to fail. They continued to make Dickinson their home. Emil liked gardening and working in the yard, making it a showpiece. He loved his grandchildren, especially attending their events. Emil was a lifetime member of the Elks and Eagles. He was a member of the Association of General Contractors and Land Improvement Contractor Association of America. He served on the State of North Dakota Farmers Union Board and was a Director for the Farmers Union Marketing and Processing Association. Emil sat on the Billings County School Board and also was proud to have his private pilot’s license.
Emil is survived by his loving wife, Marcia; his children, Gregg of Belfield, Glenn (Jolene) of Dickinson, Gail (Steve) Famias of Maple Grove, MN; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Baranko, Dickinson; grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Rose, Hope, Savanna, Matthew, Brandon; and brother, Orest “Ernie” (Phyllis) Baranko of Fairfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Olga; and his brother, Theodore Baranko.”
Discover the Baranko legacy
Dive into the storied history of Baranko Companies and see how our past is intertwined with our future. Click ‘Discover Our Legacy’ to explore the journey of our evolution, key milestones, and the values that have propelled us forward. From our earliest days to our current standings, our history page reveals the dedication, innovation, and resilience that shape our company. Uncover the pivotal moments that have defined us and how our rich heritage continues to influence and inspire our journey ahead.