Celebrating 35 Years

Since we started our business over 35 years ago, my Dad (David A Peplinski) and I have worked hard to succeed. We are fortunate in this business climate to have found a niche in Wastewater Treatment and Commercial/Municipal construction projects.

Although my Dad is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in each of us as we strive to provide excellent customer service, with a fair-priced bid to our customers. We have been blessed with outstanding office staff, superior supervisors, and talented tradesman to complete our jobs with a standard of excellence. We are fortunate to work with some of the best sub-contractors who also help us get the job done.

We realize that for a small business, we are lucky to have had the opportunity to work with our Winona community, as well as the tri-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. We look forward to serving you in the coming years!

If you have any commercial or municipal projects coming up, please call me to discuss how Wapasha Construction Co. can help your business!

Tom Peplinski



Wapasha Construction Company, Inc. is a General Contractor specializing in Wastewater treatment facilities (WWTF) in the tri-state area (MN, WI, IA). We expanded our services to include water treatment facilities, water reservoirs, and aquatic centers.

We also have a division that specializes in commercial construction such as banks, schools and churches. No job is too large or too small.


Our goal is to provide quality workmanship and excellent service in a timely manner. Our people are what set us apart!


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.

Office Staff

Tom Peplinski

President / CEO

Brian Buelow

Project Manager

Pat Doyle

Project Manager

Sandy Schiltz

Office Manager