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Nieman joins Midwest Foundation to lead business development


Peoria, Ill.-based Midwest Foundation has added Jon G. Nieman to lead business development.

Nieman brings more than 30 years of experience in marine construction to Midwest Foundation, including numerous dredging assignments.

Midwest Foundation was founded in 1969 and acquired by St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction in 2016 to serve as its marine division. Midwest Foundation builds foundations on land and water and serves the bridge construction industry including demolition, construction and repair. It also provides dock repairs, lock and dam rehabilitations and equipment leasing.

Nieman previously served as vice president of operations for the rivers and lakes division of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC, an international dredging and marine company based in Oak Brook, Ill. Among his major assignments for Great Lakes were dredging projects for Lake Worth and Lake Trafford in Florida, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area in South Dakota, Crystal Lake and Clear Lake in Iowa and Lake Decatur in Illinois.

In his career, Nieman has orchestrated national and international dredging projects including the $43 million Lake Carriazo project in Puerto Rico and a $15 million dredging operation for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge spanning the Potomac River.

Nieman has a degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University. He is the former chair of marine contractors for the AGC of America and is a former board member of the Dredging Contractors of America.

Midwest Foundation serves public and private entities along rivers and lakes in the Midwest including the Illinois River, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Ohio River and other waterways. It operates a fleet of more than 70 barges and a tugboat, which it also leases along with crawler cranes with lifting capacities from 65 tons to 230 tons. For more information visit

Byrne & Jones Construction is the St. Louis area’s largest commercial paving contractor. Founded in 1976, it serves its clients through six divisions – concrete, sports, asphalt, soil stabilization, marine and micro surfacing. In addition to its marine work, the firm builds and maintains parking lots, roads and highways, athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, underground drainage systems and paved surfaces. For more information visit

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