Great States Construction is Building Great Communities

Written by: Josiah Kopp
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Great States Construction is a multi-state construction firm that specializes in building commercial projects across the midwest. Michael Casper founded the company in his basement in 2016 after moving to Fargo from Minneapolis. After a conversation with his brother, he learned about the opportunities and potential in the Fargo-Moorhead area. By 2017, he broke ground on his first project in the community—and things quickly grew from there.

"We are excited about our growth nationally, but we will always have our roots in Fargo. Our first passion is developing and building in the Fargo metro area while we also continue to grow throughout the entire Midwest." - Michael Casper, President

From a basement start-up to a $100 million dollar company, Great States Construction has claimed a place on the Inc 5000 list for two consecutive years. This fast-paced growth has led to some unique projects. Fargo will always be their home, but they are thrilled to expand into new markets as they continue to evolve. “We’ve become a company that can travel and build through our community connections and years of experience,” Casper said. Great States Construction is currently working on projects in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. They prioritize giving back to the communities they serve through involvement with local charities like ND Autism and Red River Human Services..

"I would have to say the BLOC project so far has been my favorite as I have been involved from the very beginning. We estimated many different designs and finishes to get to a budget that allowed this project to move forward for our ownership group." -Chad Westrick, Director of Construction

Projects Coming Soon

Fargo: Teddy, a 54-unit multi-family complex, and The BLOC, a mixed-use building for residential and commercial spaces

South Dakota: A 200,000-square-foot Sioux Falls Distribution Center, 10Bedrock, a 288-unit multi-family complex, and The Plains, a 216-unit multi-family complex

Montana: Farmstead, a 277-unit multi-family complex

“We are currently wrapping up three separate jobs in three states, and have also added 170 units to communities in need within the same month, so we are working hard!”

– Great States Construction team

"We are built around values and teamwork and strive to go the extra mile to build solid relationships and engage in each project with an owner’s mindset. We listen to our client's needs and work hard to find ways to achieve them. Although we are proficient in building out large projects, we take a lot of pride and find a lot of enjoyment in designing and building out or remodeling spaces for new and existing businesses as well." -Aaron Strandberg Director of Commercial Construction

Business & Retail Space

Great States Construction has also completed some amazing projects in the Fargo Moorhead community. Some of their recent projects include Red River Human Services, Gimmies, Niche Salon, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Fargo Brewing, Full Circle Pediatrics, Crumbl Cookies, Park Co Realtors, and Radio FM Media.


Great States Construction has built a variety of apartment styles throughout the midwest. They’ve created 55-plus options in the community, built low-income housing solutions, and provided new developments in areas with urgent housing needs. In 2023 alone, they’ve opened almost a thousand new units!

This is the second year in a row Great States Construction has been recognized on the INC 5000 List.

"We’re really excited about our BLOC project at South University in Fargo! It’s an honor and privilege to contribute to an important revitalization of a historical area in Fargo. This project will not only provide needed housing with close proximity to Essentia but also provide great commercial space for future businesses." -Kevin Hochman, Director of Operations

The Bloc

The BLOC is a project to revitalize a section of South University, offering retail space, underground parking, and outdoor areas. The construction is moving buildings away from the road to add more green space to South University. This project will also increase walkability in the area and create a neighborhood feel.

Audri Lagge
"I am looking forward to working on the BLOC project as it will be a great addition to that area of Fargo by offering exceptional commercial space and new high-end apartments for our community." -Audri Lagge, Project Manager

Great States Construction

Address: 3911 20th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103

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Josiah is an Editor and Photographer at Spotlight Media in Fargo.