History of Baranko Companies

Since 1967: A history of innovation
1967
1967

Emil and Ernie Baranko purchased their first crawler and scraper to do soil conservation projects to help diversify their farming and ranching operation.

1972
1972

1974
1974

Emil and Ernie ventured into a realm of agricultural innovation by conducting deep plowing experiments, exploring new techniques and possibilities in soil management.

1977
1977

Emil and Ernie capitalize on the growing oil industry with the construction of oil pads and roads.

1979
1979

The company is formally incorporated as Baranko Brothers, Inc.

Emil receives the title as President of the company while his wife, Marcia, is the First Vice President

Ernie receives the title as Secretary Treasurer of the company while his wife, Phyllis, is the Second Vice President

1980's
1980's

Volatile shifts in the oil market prompted Emil to diversify and venture into county road projects and NDDOT projects.

1981
1981

Emil and Ernie embarked on an exciting new chapter for their business by constructing their first building in Fairfield, ND.

1983
1983

Ernie took the helm of the farming and ranching operations while Emil took over the company’s construction services.

Emil still held the title of President for the company.

Emil’s son, Gregg, took the roll of Vice President. Marcia was then the Secretary Treasurer.

1988
1988

Baranko Brothers, Inc. expanded their portfolio from site preparation and agriculture-related work to include general construction work.

1989
1989

Baranko Brothers, Inc. embarked on a significant milestone as they undertook their first project that demanded the movement of over 1,000,000 cubic yards (CY) of soil. This exciting endeavor, known as the ‘Frank B AML Mine Project,’ marked a significant moment in the company’s history. It showcased their growing expertise and capacity to manage large-scale earthmoving operations, setting the stage for future projects of similar magnitude.

Early 1990's
Early 1990's

Emil took his business to new areas, getting involved in the power plant and coal sectors and adding them to his growing list of specialties.

1995
1995

Emil expanded the company’s operations by acquiring the former Royal Oak coal area and shop in Dickinson, ND. This purchase not only marked a milestone in the company’s growth but also established a lasting base, as the business continues to operate from this location today.

Emil’s son, Glenn, is brought into a higher position in the Company as the Secretary Treasurer.

Emil’s only daughter, Gail, also receives the title as Assistant Secretary for the Company.

1999
1999

Emil retired leaving his two sons, Gregg and Glenn, taking over leadership.

2000
2000

Gregg and Glenn purchased Schulte Coal, a company located in Center, North Dakota, and together they established Center Coal Company.

Baranko Brothers, Inc. steps into the online world with their first website at [http://www.baranko-brothers-inc.com]. This move starts their digital journey, making it easy for customers to find out more about their services and resources online.

2002
2002

Center Coal Company launches their first website at the domain http://www.center-coal-co.com.

2008
2008

Glenn acquired a more dominant role in the company as the sole owner.

2010
2010

Baranko Brothers, Inc. transitioned their website from the original domain [http://baranko-bros-inc.com] to a new, streamlined domain at [http://barankoinc.com]. This change was part of a modern makeover, reflecting the company’s commitment to staying contemporary and enhancing user accessibility in the digital space.

2011
2011

Center Coal Company enhances its online presence with a new and improved website, transitioning from the original domain [http://center-coal-co.com] to [https://centercoal.com].

2012
2012

Baranko Brothers, Inc. secured their largest single contract to date with the Fryburg Rail Loading Facility in Fryburg, North Dakota. This 330-acre facility, designed to accommodate an 18-car rail for the Bakken Link Pipeline, marked a significant milestone for the company. As part of this contract, they were required to implement GPS and machine control systems. This requirement was a major step forward for the company, showcasing their commitment to incorporating technology in construction. During this period, they also moved towards a fully digital workflow, implementing job management systems that allowed for digital timecards and field reporting.

2014
2014

Glenn purchases the Dickinson, ND assets of USES (United States Environmental Services) Group, leading to the establishment of Baranko Environmental, LLC.

Baranko Brothers, Inc. redesigns their website for a fresh, modern look, enhancing user experience with improved navigation and updated features.

2015
2015

Center Coal Company elevates its digital presence with a fresh, modern enhancement to its website.

Baranko Brothers, Inc. secured its largest single project to date, marking a major milestone for the company. The project, titled ‘State Aid Project SOIB-5-200(024)075′, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), involved the reconstruction of a 20.070-mile stretch of ND 200, from the junction with US 85 to the junction with ND 22 near Killdeer, covering Dunn and McKenzie Counties. Valued at $48,859,012.93, this project not only represents a significant financial achievement but also catalyzed a massive expansion for the company. It necessitated a substantial increase in machinery, workforce, and technological capabilities, reflecting Baranko Brothers’ growth and adaptation in handling projects of such magnitude and complexity.

2016
2016

Baranko Environmental, LLC launches its first website on the domain https://barankoenvironmental.com, enhancing its digital presence and providing online access to its environmental services and information.

Baranko Environmental, LLC‘s dry decontamination building becomes operational, utilizing advanced proprietary technologies for the efficient cleaning of TENORM-contaminated material.

Baranko Brothers, Inc. purchases Olszewski, Inc. on March 1st, 2016, and takes over the maintenance contract at Ottertail Power Company’s Coyote Station.

2017
2017

Baranko Brothers, Inc. marks a significant milestone, celebrating 50 years of successful business operations.

Baranko Environmental, LLC‘s wet decontamination building becomes operational, leveraging advanced, patent-pending technologies for the cleaning of TENORM-contaminated pipes.

2018
2018

Baranko Environmental, LLC’s sucker rod building became operational, integrating innovative, patent-pending technologies designed for the effective cleaning of TENORM-contaminated sucker rods.

2019
2019

Baranko Brothers, Inc. enhances their operational capacity with the purchase of brand-new Cat 730 haul trucks, specifically for the team formerly known as Olszewski, Inc.

2020
2020

The acquisition of a swab rig for oil and gas services prompted the creation of Baranko Services, LLC, expanding the company’s capabilities in the energy sector.

Baranko Services, LLC launches its first website at the domain https://barankoservices.com, creating an online presence to better showcase its services and provide information to its customers.

Baranko Companies acquires a food truck, a unique initiative led by Glenn Baranko who personally visits job sites during spring and summer to provide meals to employees. This venture not only boosts employee morale but also significantly enhances the company’s community engagement. The food truck becomes a familiar presence at local events like “Touch a Truck,” “Trunk or Treat,” “Bakken BBQ,” and various other community gatherings, further solidifying Baranko Companies’ commitment to community involvement and local outreach.

2021
2021

In memory of Emil Baranko, Baranko Brothers, Inc. generously donated the unique ’19th hole’ to Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora, ND. This extraordinary feature goes beyond the conventional 18-hole golf course, reflecting Emil’s innovative mindset and the distinct charm of Medora. Far from being a mere extension or a casual clubhouse nickname, this hole is a functional part of the course, introducing an additional element of play and excitement. Initiated during the reconstruction of the 16th hole, it serves multiple purposes: ensuring a full course is always in play during renovations, acting as a decisive tie-breaker in tournaments, or even as a fun way to conclude a friendly game. More than just a physical addition, this 19th hole captures the essence of Emil Baranko’s spirit – his commitment to progress, community, and leaving a meaningful impact. It stands as a vibrant tribute, intertwining Emil’s unique legacy with the equally unique character of the course and the Medora community.

2023
2023

The Baranko Companies name and logo were created to symbolize the collective identity and unity of all our companies under a single, cohesive brand and shared core values.

Baranko Brothers, Inc. has committed a $1,000,000 donation to establish a groundbreaking Heavy Equipment Operator Program at the Southwest Area CTE Academy, a first-of-its-kind initiative for high school students in North Dakota.

This innovative program will introduce students to basic equipment operation, maintenance, safety, communication, and surveying skills essential in the construction industry.

The donation will help bring to life the heavy equipment classroom space that will be equipped with state-of-the-art simulators that give students hands-on experience in a virtual setting. Once they master the simulated environment, they will move on to the outdoor application area, “the sandbox,” located in the center of the campus, providing real-world operator experience in a safe and controlled environment.

Baranko Environmental, LLC celebrates a major milestone with the receipt of its patent for the innovative sucker rod decontamination system.

Baranko Environmental, LLC initially developed an auction website, https://barankoauctions.com, to facilitate the sale of decontaminated pipes and sucker rods. Despite its full development, the site remained unreleased to the public. Subsequently, it underwent a redesign and integration into the broader Baranko Companies network, relaunching as https://auctions.barankocompanies.com.

Baranko Companies defines its core values as Relationships, Respect, Teamwork, Commitment, and Innovation. This wasn’t just about writing down what matters to us; it was a journey to the very core of who we are. We engaged our entire team, from the ground up, to voice what they believed should be the guiding principles of Baranko Companies. This collaborative effort led to a set of values that truly resonate with every one of us. These values are not just words on a page; they’re the compass that guides our decisions, our work ethic, our hiring, and how we interact with each other and our customers.

2024
2024

The Baranko Companies website is launched at the domain https://barankocompanies.com, consolidating the individual websites of Baranko Brothers, Inc., Baranko Environmental, LLC, Baranko Services, LLC, and Center Coal Company into one unified digital platform.

Baranko Brothers, Inc.

Baranko Environmental, LLC

Baranko Services, LLC

Center Coal Company

Baranko Companies

PO Box 820
3048 Hwy 22 North
Dickinson ND 58602-0820

Phone

(701) 483-5868

Fax

(701) 483-5960

Business Hours

Monday:         7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:        7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:      7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:            7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday:      Closed (24/7 Emergency Response)
Sunday:         Closed (24/7 Emergency Response)