May 2020 Vol. 75 No. 5


Third Generation Akkerman Takes the Reins

Justin Akkerman, P.E., was promoted to president of Akkerman Inc., a premier trenchless underground construction equipment manufacturer, making him the third-generation president. The second-generation president, Maynard Akkerman, will continue as CEO and Chairman of the Board.


Immersed in the family business since childhood, Justin officially joined as operations manager in 2014. Since then, he has been responsible for corporate administration, providing direction for the management team, and managing the production and inventory control departments.

Under his leadership, the company launched its ISO 9001:2015 quality management system, acquired several state-of-the-art machining centers that resulted in production efficiencies, and formalized the businesses’ key objectives.

After earning a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, he began his career at CNA Consulting Engineers of Minneapolis, Minn., as a staff engineer, project designer and on-site field engineer for underground tunneling and rehabilitation utility construction projects in the Twin Cities.

Established in 1973, Akkerman Inc. develops, manufactures and supports advanced guided boring, microtunneling, pipe jacking, sliplining and tunneling underground construction solutions, accurately installing a variety of pipe in an extensive range of ground conditions and project challenges. Akkerman systems are available for purchase, lease-to-purchase or rent from its rental fleet.

“I am humbled to take the helm of the legacy built by my grandfather and father,” said Justin. “Because of our employees’ dedication to our core values and mission, and the certainty in the quality of our equipment and loyalty of our valued customers, I feel confident in taking Akkerman into the future with conviction for a trajectory of continued growth and success.”


Akkerman Inc., (800) 533-0386,


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