Wapasha Construction Company, Inc. was formed in 1985 by David and Tom Peplinski, a father and son team. David began his construction career in the mid-50’s in his hometown of Winona, Minnesota. He worked for WMC Construction – William M Christianson – Foreman of Martin-Myre Funeral Home and the College of Saint Teresa Mary Molloy Library; P Earl Schwab Company – Foreman of Saint Mary’s University (aka College) Fieldhouse & Toner Center; and owned/operated Winona Construction Company.
David and his son, Tom, started Wapasha Construction Company as a spin-off from Winona Construction Co. when they re-organized as a non-union construction company. Wapasha began working on the wastewater treatment facilities and water reservoirs with $1 Million revenue.
Tom began his construction career working with his father, David, when he was in elementary school. Despite being the boss’ son, Tom was expected to learn all about the business from painting, curb & gutter, form work, and tying rebar until he learned the ropes from his mentor, Bud Squires. In the 1980’s, Tom was a Foreman on Winona’s Flood Control Project, and worked his way up to Supervisor of Lock and Dam rehabilitation projects, West Salem, WI WWTF, and award-winning facility, and Kasson, MN WWTF.
David remained active in the business until his death in June 2007. Tom took over as President and CEO with 35 years of contracting experience. Today, Wapasha’s goal is to maintain a $15 Million backlog.