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Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary

By Greg Hugh


Founded in 1974, Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. is a second-generation family-owned general contractor. Today, it is one of the largest Asian American contractors in the United States, with offices in Hudson, Wis. and Las Vegas, Nev.


Shaw-Lundquist has always been a family-oriented organization, so it was a natural transition

for Fred Hsiao’s (or Shaw, as known in western circles) sons to join the company. Hoyt Hsiao, his second-oldest son, started as a project manager in 1988, moved up through the ranks to vice president, and was named president and CEO in 2009. His younger brother Holden serves as vice president and heads up the Las Vegas branch, and continues to lead the IT department.


The 40th anniversary celebration was held at the Aria, located in the historic Minneapolis Warehouse District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was historically known as the Realty Warehouse Company building, and was designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert (who also designed the State Capitol) and worked on the building's expansion. The Aria is pretty awesome inside. Industrial but aged, laid-back and quite stunning. Tall ceilings, great atmosphere!

The celebration was an informal affair with guests partaking of complimentary beer and wine. In addition to a variety of food items available at a well-stocked buffet station , there was an abundance of appetizer trays being served by an army of roaming servers. In recognition of the Chinese heritage of the Hsiao/Shaw family, the evening’s program featured entertainment by members of the Minhua Chorus and the Ha Family Lion Troupe.

Jennie Hsiao, matriarch of the clan, briefly welcomed the gathering, and Hoyt provided some comments after the entertainment ended. Hoyt stated that the success and longevity of Shaw-Lundquist could be attributed to a few of the guiding principles established by his father: “Be fair, honest, and treat people right.” Fred Hsiao’s (who passed away in 2010) motto was “Our goal is to be a good contractor. We don’t have to be the biggest, but we do have to be one of the best to serve customers and do the right thing.”

Hoyt acknowledged that the business could not have evolved without the dedication of its employees. Several members of the management team , he mentioned, have been with the firm for more than 30 years. He also credited the support of clients who have worked with them over the years, as well as the many loyal and dependable sub-contractors who are integral to getting the projects completed.

The celebration concluded as it began, with friends, family, clients, employees and other invited guests mingling with the Hsiao family.

For more information about Shaw-Lundquist visit www.shawlundquist.com.

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