Nystrom Honored with 2020 Employer of the Year Award

Nystrom, Inc. Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN – LockLeed International Chief Executive Officer John Henka presents 2020 Employer of the Year award to Nystrom Senior Human Resources Director Susan Aaker and Nystrom Chief Operating Officer Matt Benson

Minneapolis, MN – Commercial building products manufacturer Nystrom, Inc. was presented with the 2020 Employer of the Year Award by LockLeed International for its efforts in hiring military talent.

Founded in 1948, today CEO Sue W. Thomas, leads 190 manufacturing and business support employees. The company is true to its five core values – profitable growth, lead by example, customer first, raise the bar and balance – which is supported by recruiting dependable, conscientious, distinguished employees.

Nystrom, Inc. Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN – 2020 Employer of the Year award for Nystrom

Since entering a partnership with LockLeed in 2020, Nystrom has hired six veterans and was recognized in January 2021. “It’s a privilege to work with a military organization like LockLeed, and we are honored to be presented this award” said Susan Aaker, Senior Human Resources Director. “The 3% of our workforce that are veterans bring invaluable life experience, skills and leadership to the company. They give the same commitment and dedication to the success and growth of our company as they did in service to our country. We look forward to increasing the number of military employees through our partnership with LockLeed in the years to come.”

View the LockLeed newsletter for more details.

About LockLeed International

At LockLeed our mission is to develop partnerships with world-class organizations and assist with the process of placing talented candidates into great positions. Our goal is to facilitate communication between companies and veterans; helping both sides understand the language of the other so that both sides win. At LockLeed we are building bridges between employers and veterans.

About Nystrom

Founded in 1948 as an independent representative for building product manufacturers, the Nystrom quickly shifted to its own manufacturing operations and grew its business through product diversification and acquisitions, including the 100+ year old Babcock-Davis brand. Today, led by CEO Sue Thomas, Nystrom has 180 manufacturing and business support employees with an extensive national partner network throughout North America. Yes, we have job titles here—but they don’t define us. So what gets us powered up each day? For starters, we are true to our five core values— profitable growth, lead by example, customer first, raise the bar and work/life balance. We think big – because we’re all about creating the ultimate hassle-free service for our customers. We make a difference in our communities. No matter who you are or what you do with us, you’ll find endless ways to be part of something greater than yourself.

We hire for the following positions:
Engineering • Welders • Assemblers • Machine Operators • Customer Support • Sales • Technical Support • Estimating • Drafting & Design • Finance • Information Systems • Human Resources • Marketing & Product Development • Purchasing, Logistics & Supply Chain • Facilities Management

Nystrom Highlights Architectural Projects Around the Globe

Nystrom products are specified by some of the world’s leading architecture and design firms on projects that range from athletic stadiums to performing art centers. We are proud to showcase a number of high-profile projects that utilized some of our products.


Nystrom was proud to supply a wide range of materials for the Riyadh Metro, a rapid transit system in Saudi Arabia consisting of six metro lines with 85 stations. Roof Hatches provided safe access to roofs, while Roof Top Smoke Vents were used that automatically open to release heat, smoke, and noxious fumes in the event of a fire emergency, as required by International Building Codes. Nystrom Access Doors were incorporated into the design providing access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls. The product’s flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials and colors. Entrance grilles were used to improve Interior Environmental Quality by stopping dirt from entering the building, improving Interior chemical and pollutant source control.  All of our Nystrom products work individually performing their respective jobs, but also in tandem helping to meet overall codes and provide a safe, functional and aesthetic environment for citizens taking advantage of this metro system.  
Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. This state-of-the-art structure received sustainability certificates of green design, construction management and energy efficiency. Al Bayt Stadium features Nystrom Fire Rated Access Doors, Fire Rated Floor Hatches and Roof Hatches. The I-series Insulated Access Doors provide access through openings in fire-rated walls and ceilings, while Nystrom Roof Hatches provide safe and convenient access to commercial building roof areas using interior ladders and stairs. Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate in corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.


The new NASA Measurement Systems Lab brings together multiple research and engineering groups to improve the time required for projects to move from idea to completion. Meeting the new timelines requires intense collaboration and heavy foot traffic on the building stairwells. The architect specified Nystrom Two-Part Ribbed Bar Stair Treads with EcoTread for the concrete stairs to prevent slips and falls. Nystrom’s Two-Part Ribbed Abrasive Stair Nosing is designed to save stair treads during the construction phase. The product’s sub-channel and plywood inserts are installed while the building is under construction. When the building is near completion, the temporary plywood tread is replaced with the final install of the abrasive anti-slip safety material. The stair treads are made of a unique recycled material that offers benefits beyond safety. In addition to its anti-slip properties, Nystrom Stair Treads features continuous color and an optional vision line. The treads are Title 24 compliant and come in nine color options.
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a research and teaching hospital in San Francisco, California, and is the medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. Nystrom Access Doors and Floor Doors were utilized in this project to provide easy access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls and to provide access below ground between building floors. Our flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials, and colors.
TARGET FIELD Minneapolis, MN
Located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Field is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Nystrom Expansion Joints were used in the construction of this facility to solve a variety of expansion joint challenges. Sizes, materials and color finishes were customized to meet the design aesthetic of the popular sports venue.
Named the Nokia Theater when it was constructed (now called the Microsoft Theater), this famous performance venue is located in downtown Los Angeles, California, at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The theater auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. Nystrom’s Acoustical Smoke Vents were used to block the intrusion of exterior environmental noise. This Nystrom product is specifically designed for performing arts centers and theaters, every detail of which is crafted with skill and precision.


NGONG PING 360 Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The Ngong Ping 306 is a bi-cable gondola lift on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Owned by MTR Corporation, the operator of Hong Kong’s rail system, it is a major tourist attraction that is connected to a retail and entertainment center adjacent to the cable car’s upper station. Nystrom worked with the builder to supply Roof Hatches for the project providing safe and convenient access to and from roof areas while also mitigating long-term wear due to our ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.
LAMMA POWER STATION Po Lo Tsui, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
The Lamma Island Power Station is a coal- and gas-fired power station originally built for Hongkong Electric in 1982. Today, it is the second largest coal-fired power station in Hong Kong. Nystrom provided Roof Hatches to the power station during its most recent expansion. The hatches offer safe and convenient access to roof areas across the facility using interior ladders and stairs, and always meet building codes, fire and life safety requirements. Outside, Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.

As you can see, Nystrom’s products are a perfect fit for any premier construction project where quality and performance demand the best. For more information on how our products can help you achieve your architectural and design goals, visit nystrom.com

About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLink, MasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, IIBEC, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPD and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

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