The foundation for this company was established back in the mid-1970's, when Rick Walter (the current President), who owned a well known snowmobile shop in Circle Pines called Northway Sports and Tom Skiba, who operated a sod supply company out of his home in Ham Lake, merged their companies and talents in to what was then called Northway Landscaping. At the same time, Rick was getting into the nursery business, and called an old high school friend, Tom, to gauge his interest in starting a landscape company. They each agreed that this was the step they needed to take.
The idea worked, and the two began developing a reputation as being a reliable and trustworthy company to do business with. They started to develop a solid customer base and their name in landscaping began to grow throughout the north metro.
Over time, as the customer base grew, Rick and Tom began to get inquiries regarding irrigation. Around 1984, lawn irrigation was becoming more affordable, and interest became more common. After a handful of customers asked about irrigation, the two owners decided to check out some distributors who dealt in irrigation supply. Convinced they could install irrigation systems, they purchased some parts.
Brian Larson (the current Vice President) was hired at the age of 16 to work at Northway Sports and Northway Landscape to assemble snowmobiles, snowblowers, and lawn maintenance in the summer. He continued to work part time during the summers until 1991 when he graduated from St. Cloud State with his Engineer degree and made his decision to focus his career at Northway Irrigation.
In 1986, Northway Irrigation was incorporated. We only installed 7 or 8 systems that first year, but knew at that time that this was the direction we needed to go.
In 2006, Brian Larson, after being an employee of Northway Sports and Northway Landscape since 1984, purchased Tom's portion of the company and is the Vice President of Northway Irrigation.
Many of the customers from that first year are still Northway customers today, which is a tribute to the time, dedication, and care that each customer receives when hiring Northway to install and service their irrigation system. Each customer is treated as if they were Northway’s only customer. We give each individual customer and their irrigation system the attention they need to achieve a finished product that satisfies the homeowner. We give the homeowner peace of mind knowing that when our crew or service tech leaves that house, the lawn will be green and healthy in no time.
Our 2016 season marked our 30th year servicing the Twin Cities metro area and Western Wisconsin. We look forward to serving you in the upcoming years.