CANCO adds project leadership in Cedar Falls office

CANCO adds project leadership in Cedar Falls office Left: Braxton Rottinghaus, project engineer
Right: Pete Fuller, project manager

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Carl A. Nelson & Company is pleased to announce the hiring of a new project manager and project engineer to work in our Cedar Falls office. Joining the CANCO team are Project Manager Pete Fuller, and Project Engineer Braxton Rottinghaus.

Fuller is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has led food production plant operations and maintenance, and operated a family-owned construction company.

Rottinghaus is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in construction management who is making a move into industrial, commercial and institutional construction after beginning his career with a heavy/highway firm in Wisconsin.

"Pete comes to us with extensive leadership and construction experience," said Jamie Stanley, vice president of operations for CANCO North, in a memo announcing Fuller's hiring.

After spending most of his youth in Monroe, Wisconsin, Fuller joined the Navy after a brief stint in college. In a 10-year Navy career, he served for 10 years including on the battleship USS New Jersey, and the guided missile cruiser, USS Richmond K. Turner, where he worked as a fire control technician operating the ships' guns. During his service, he sailed around the world 3 1/2 times. Following the Navy, he began a career in plant maintenance, where his experience in automation saw him leading system updates at his home plant in Lubbock, Texas, then traveling within the company to bring new and acquired plants online.

His last assignment before leaving the company after 17 years amid the 2008 recession was rebuilding a plant in New Hampton, Iowa, after a devastating explosion. His departure after three years in New Hampton gave him time to golf, meet his wife of 11 years, Ann, and get involved in her and his father-in-law's construction business. During that time, Fuller returned to school and earned a bachelor of science degree in Construction Management from the University of Northern Iowa.

Joining CANCO, he said, offered the opportunity to fulfill a desire to work in project management.

"I like challenges, and working in teams," Fuller said, adding he also appreciates the variety of projects CANCO performs for clients in different markets.

Away from the office, he and Ann reside in Waverly, and have seven children and seven grandchildren between them. He enjoys golf, is a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, enjoys backroads travel on his trike or in his Mazda Miata convertible, is discovering the intricacies of model railroading and collects vintage and modern firearms.

Meanwhile, Rottinghaus joins CANCO as he returns to his home area following five years away. A native of La Porte City near Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and graduate of La Porte City Union High School, Rottinghaus attended UW-Platteville to play collegiate soccer and major in agri-business, with a goal of returning to the family farm. After switching majors to construction management and graduating in 2021, he started out building roads and bridges, but soon decided living out of a suitcase wasn't for him.

"Braxton is eager to learn and grow with Carl A. Nelson & Company," Stanley wrote in a company memo.

Work with CANCO will allow him to help out on the farm on weekends, while also bringing a change in focus to building construction.

"I'm sure it's going to come with a whole new set of challenges," Rottinghaus said, "but I'm ready for them."

In addition to farming, Rottinghaus enjoys the outdoors in a variety of ways, including hunting, fishing, golfing and riding dirt bikes.

Carl A. Nelson & Company President Tim Seibert, P.E., presents hard hats to new Carl A. Nelson & Company project leadership team members Pete Fuller (left), project manager; and Braxton Rottinghaus (right), project engineer. Each will work in CANCO's Cedar Falls, Iowa, office. (CANCO photos)