How Rice Companies Has Been Creating Better Communities and a Thriving Culture for 70 Years

Written by: Fargo Inc
Rice Companies team

Since its conception in 1953, Rice Companies has been a leader in design and build construction services. The third-generation, family-forward company delivers comprehensive construction solutions, partnerships, and innovative projects across the Midwest and the United States. Rice Companies’ expertise includes architectural design, structural and civil engineering, construction management, general contracting, development, and facility maintenance services. 

With a focus on building partnerships, Rice Companies’ core values are family-forward, relationship-driven, continuously accountable, remarkably collaborative, and passionately innovative. Having built 3,000-plus projects in a wide range of complexities, sizes, and sectors, ranging from multi-million-square foot buildings to maintenance and repair work, Rice Companies offers solutions to meet the needs of today and the possibilities of tomorrow. 

Growth & Developement

Rice Companies has been on a growth trajectory over the last decade. Continuing to deliver remarkable projects for their clients again and again while hiring, developing, and promoting their incredible people. “As a third-generation company, family is who we are, and who we will be in the future,” they said. “Simply put, we’re a people company. Our team, clients and communities thrive when our success is measured in long-term, mutually beneficial growth, not short-term gains.”

Something that makes the team at Rice Companies unique is their people. Their team members are passionate, smart, and driven individuals who are committed to building and serving. On projects, they seek to self-perform most work activities that provide clients with a single source that can provide the best schedule, cost, skills, and quality for their project. Additionally, this allows their teams to build their skillsets and grow. And it’s the people of Rice Companies who deliver exceptional experiences for their clients and the communities where they live and work. 

Rice has developed a culture of creative designs and innovative construction methods through collaboration. Their award-winning, in-house architectural group includes licensed architects, CAD designers and engineers who are living proof of this culture. They use cutting-edge technology to visualize and construct your project using 3D design tools. As an integral part of design, these tools allow them the capability to model entire projects, both interior and exterior, before any construction happens.

Many of their construction leaders started working for Rice Companies as general laborers and have worked their way up to leading teams and managing projects. Additionally, they have company-supported opportunities to gain skills and training in such things as equipment, certification training, or licenses to continue learning and building expertise. This is another example of the unique culture and opportunities there are at Rice Companies to build and grow both personally and professionally. 

Did You Know?

Rice Companies has received over 150 awards! Their construction, design, and real estate markets have received recognition for their innovation, passion, and ability to continuously adapt to the ever-changing industry.

The People’s Choice

Clients love working with Rice Companies—and the stats prove it. 80 percent of their projects each year are with repeat clients. Now THAT is customer loyalty!

New Offices Coming Soon to SW Fargo

A new construction is currently underway on Veterans Blvd for Rice Companies’ new offices which will be complete in 2024.

U-Haul Dilworth

Rice Companies is building a three-story storage facility for U-Haul. This project incorporates innovative designs and a collaborative approach to completing the project. ADD A DETAIL ABOUT THE PROJECT. The project is scheduled to be completed in MONTH/YEAR.

MSU-Moorhead Alumni Center

Rice Companies is building an expansion for MSU-Moorhead’s Alumni Center. This project is bringing to life the vision of the Alumni Center and will foster community and opportunity for the university for years to come. ADD A DETAIL ABOUT THE PROJECT. The project is scheduled to be completed in MONTH/YEAR.

Our Approach

With seven decades of construction experience and in-house experts sharing knowledge across teams, Rice Companies ensures the building process is seamless for every project and client.

Their construction expertise includes design and build, general contracting, and self-performance of the construction work. Rice Companies has built over 3,000 projects that are a result of partnering with their clients and continually earning their business. In fact, 80 percent of their projects annually are with repeat clients. 

The goal of Rice Companies is to be a trusted partner providing integrated construction services that is admired for its people and culture. This is how we approach each project – with the client, their vision, and needs as the focus to be their trusted partner by providing them with the solutions and expertise to bring their vision to life. 

Adding to the construction expertise of Rice Companies is Rice Service Facility Repair and Maintenance. Rice Service provides building repairs, improvements, maintenance, and remodeling work. Rice Service exists because we understand that buildings are an investment and have the potential to be a source of pride. Our teams seek to ensure buildings remain sources of pride, optimally function for the needs of the business, and are a place where people enjoy gathering or working at. 

Adding another layer of depth and expertise to Rice is Rice Real Estate Services. As a full-service, commercial real estate brokerage company, we offer clients the best of both worlds. Backed by Rice Companies with construction, supported by Rice Service with facility repair and maintenance, Rice Real Estate Services is a natural fit and offering for clients. 

Join a Thriving and Creative Business Culture

Construction plays a key role in shaping places where people live, work and play. With Rice Companies, your work directly impacts clients and communities. 

The success of Rice Companies hinges on the success of employees. At Rice Companies, your future matters; it stabilizes their organization. They prioritize professionalism, communication, accountability, and client service, from job site to board room, fostering employee growth and advancement.

Employees are offered competitive compensation packages, career training and development, paid holidays and time off, medical and dental insurance, 401K with employer match, and life insurance. Rice Companies cares about its employees and rewards them accordingly. 

The core values of Rice Companies also create the culture of the company. The values are lived out every day by employees so the team feels like a family, supports each other with a focus on relationships and collaboration while supporting each other with accountability and positively challenging with innovation. 

“We value our employees as the core of our success,” they said. “Our culture promotes open communication, collaboration, and encourages employees to share their career goals.” They have established a culture of recognition and appreciation where employees are acknowledged for their contributions. Furthermore, they believe that everyone should feel valued, included, and empowered to make decisions in the best interest of the customer, company, and themselves.

Employees at Rice Companies are creating the construction solutions of today and inspiring the possibilities of tomorrow in the industry. 

Whether looking to build your next project, expansion or career, partner with us at or call 701.809.7187

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