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MINNEAPOLIS-The Minnesota Construction Association has named Richard Copeland of Thor Construction as its Member of the Year. Finding himself unemployed in 1980, Copeland set out with a pickup truck, rake and shovel to build the largest African-American owned construction company in Minnesota.

Thor Construction specializes in general contracting, site development, constructionmanagement, and design-build. The company has done numerous projects over the years for the University of Minnesota. Thor recently won a $19-million contract at Fort McCoy, WI. The company also has offices in Duluth, MN, where it does all the projects at theDuluth Air Force Base, as well as offices in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Copeland lives with his wife and five children in West Bloomington, MN.

The Minnesota Construction Association is a professional association that provides education and other services aimed at improving the quality of construction in Minnesota.

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