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Knobelsdorff Enterprises Adds Seven New Positions, Promotes Four

(Goodhue, Minn.) June 22, 2021 – Knobelsdorff Enterprises (KE) is pleased to announce Jason Thompson, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Aaron Pyfferoen, Senior Vice President of Operations have joined our growing family in two newly created roles.

Together, Thompson and Pyfferoen bring more than 30 years of experience in the industry to KE. Thompson previously worked at CE Power where he served as Vice President of Operations for the last eight years and Pyfferoen was previously at Blatter Energy for 16 years, serving a variety of roles including Manager of Procurement, Solar.

CEO/President Karl von Knobelsdorff said, “I have been fortunate to have worked with both Jason and Aaron in the past and know they will be a great addition to our team. I’m excited about their expertise, energy, and leadership abilities which will help to continue to grow our business.”

With these new hires, KE has continued growing its leadership team with the promotions of Shane Matthees, Director – of Electric, Rich Kuechenmeister, Director – of Engineering, Jason Grahek, Director – of Business Development, and Melanie Peterson, Controller. Including von Knobelsdorff, Thompson, Pyfferoen, and Shirley Bonawitz, Director – of HR, the leadership team meets weekly to solve challenges and strategize better ways to serve KE’s customers.

KE has also added the following roles and team members: John Krautkramer, Operations Manager (Electric), Kyle Weber, Pre-Construction Manager (Electric), Aaron Wood, O&M Manager (Energy), Neil Van Berkum, Construction Manager (Energy), and Ben Sherman, Sr. Electrical Engineer.

KE is currently hiring for numerous positions, including:

  • Journeyman Electricians
  • Construction Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Foreman
  • Controls Engineer


A career with KE offers a competitive salary and family-paid benefits that many people with experience or those who want to break into the energy, electrical, or energy field, are looking for. Those interested in applying for a position with KE can visit our careers page or find a list of open positions on

With offices in the Twin Cities and Goodhue, MN, Knobelsdorff is a premier Electrical, Engineering, Automation, and Renewable Energy team offering endless opportunities and innovative solutions to customers across North America. Ranked #126 in Inc. 5000 Series List “fastest-growing companies in the Midwest”, Knobelsdorff has grown from 5 to 200+ employees in just one decade. With 30 plus years of industry knowledge, Knobelsdorff is a leader in the agriculture, food & beverage, grain, feed, flour & fertilizer, industrial manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, and renewable energy markets. 

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