1938, Ryan Lumber and Coal

James Henry Ryan and Francis, his son, start Ryan Lumber and Coal in Hibbing, Minnesota.

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1940, Russell Ryan Joins Partnership

Fran and Russ lead Ryan Lumber and Coal together – Fran runs construction and Russ runs finances/operations.

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1946, National Tea Company

Ryan builds its first National store in Hibbing. This is Ryan's first foray into providing "leasebacks."

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1966, Target in Bloomington, MN

Ryan begins its lasting relationship with Target with the remodel of a National store into the fourth Target store.

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1975, A Full-service Development Company

After 10 years of steady growth, Ryan matures as a developer, architectural designer and property manager in addition to design-builder.

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1989, New Ownership

Jim Ryan (CEO), Pat Ryan (President) and Tim Gray (CFO, Treasurer) take over active managment and ownership of Ryan.

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1991, Ryan Begins Regional Expansion

Ryan opens its first regional office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Town Centre (above) is the office's first major project.

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2007, NAIOP Developer of the Year

Ryan is named National Developer of the Year by the National Assoication of Industrial and Office Properties.

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2012, Opens SouthCentral Region Office

Ryan begins offering architecture and engineering as stand-alone professional services — the first contract with Alstom Wind.

History Overview

How Notre Dame Football begot Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Ryan Companies US, Inc. was founded in 1938 by James Henry Ryan. James Henry was already a successful business man — he and his brother started Ryan Brothers Dray Line in 1909 — but he was also a strong family man. One fall weekend in 1937, James Henry and his wife Elizabeth Ryan drove to Minneapolis to see the Notre Dame Football team (they sent all their children to Notre Dame to be educated) play the University of Minnesota. They stopped at the St. Paul Firestone service station where son Francis worked since graduating from Notre Dame. “Well, son, we’ll see you later at the game,” Fran recalled his father saying.

Express: 75th Anniversary

A commemorative edition of our newsletter which celebrates our past present and looks into our future.

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2007 Developer of the Year

Ryan’s expertise in development is recognized by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

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75 Years of Building Lasting Relationships

Pat Ryan reflects on Ryan Companies' 75 Year History

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