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Meet the Team

Max P. Hoerr, II


Max P. Hoerr II is a third-generation contractor. He graduated from Purdue University with his bachelor’s degree in Building Construction and Contracting Technology in 1982. He began his construction career in his early teens working in the construction yard at P.J. Hoerr and has experience in building, highway, and utility construction.

After graduating from Purdue, he worked at P.J. Hoerr in the field for five years as a laborer and foreman. In 1987, he moved into the office as a scheduler for manpower and equipment. In 1988, Max became divisional manager of the Underground and Utility division of P.J. Hoerr. In 1989, he led the company into directional boring and in 1993 into water and sewer construction.

On January 1, 1994, Max spun the company off from P.J. Hoerr, and founded Hoerr Construction, Inc. From 1995-2002, he managed the directional boring, fiber optic installation, water main and sanitary sewer installation projects. In 2002, Max ventured in to the sewer televising and cleaning market. In 2005, he became a licensee of CIPP Corporation, and began installing CIPP (Cured-In-Place-Pipe). In 2011, Max led Hoerr Construction into the Line Stop and Insta-Valve market, and the following year, into the process of installing LMK T-Liners and Vac-A-Tees. Max continues to seek out new technology, and implement it into the underground construction applications used by Hoerr Construction. He has acted as a board member and statewide chair of UCA since 2009, and is a member of Greater Peoria Contractor’s Association, NUCA, and NASTT.

Max was born and raised in Central Illinois, and is married with seven children, and a growing group of delightful grandchildren.

Andrew Hoerr

Vice President

Born and raised in Goodfield, IL, Andrew attended Bradley University and graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management. He began working for Hoerr Construction, Inc while in high school with various construction and rehabilitation crews. After graduation from college, Andrew began working full-time with the Cured-In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) crews first as a laborer and then promoted to Foreman, Project Manager and Estimator. He currently serves as Vice President.

During his time working in the field, Andrew has gained extensive experience working closely with several different rehabilitation technologies including: CIPP – Mainline / Pressure Pipe, Short Liners, CIPP T-Liners, Manhole Rehab., and Grouting. He is certified in NASSCO’s PACP, MACP, and LACP. In 2017, Andrew attended Avanti International’s Municipal Grout School and then headed up Hoerr’s Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) control efforts through sewer grouting. In 2022, he began working with UV-Cured Lateral T-Lining and is currently helping to develop the technology through his leadership, training, and hands-on approach


Kurt Plattner

Chief Financial Officer

Kurt Plattner serves as Chief Financial Officer. His primary responsibilities include oversight of monthly and annual financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and financial analysis. In addition, he oversees the company’s risk management plan as well as supporting the human resources and IT needs of the company.

After graduating from Illinois State University in 1998, Kurt worked as a Controller and then CFO for a central Illinois manufacturing company. While serving in this role, Kurt also gained valuable experience in other areas such as Human Resources, IT, Purchasing, and Logistics. In 2014, Kurt and his family moved to Haiti where he served as Director of Operations at a mission hospital. After serving in Haiti for nearly 4 years, Kurt and his family returned to the states. Kurt joined a public accounting firm and served as Senior Manager of Consulting Services. While working in public accounting, Kurt provided outsourced financial consulting services and executive financial leadership to the company’s clients. Kurt also served as the Business Development lead for the CPA firm’s local office. In the spring of 2022, Kurt began working for Hoerr Construction as CFO.

Kurt’s professional certifications include:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Mike Kaisner

Estimator/Project Manager

Mike has been involved in the construction industry since 1998 after graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. After working in sales and estimating for a specialty fabricator and a building contractor, he joined Hoerr Construction, Inc in 2007 where he has been heavily involved in sales, estimating, project management, and business development for sewer rehabilitation work. Mike currently serves as an Estimator/Project Manager and is also the lead for Hoerr’s Cured-In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) wet-out operations. Mike is a current member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and represents Hoerr Construction at various regional trade shows. A native of the Peoria area, Mike is takes joy in being a husband and father of three children.

Dave Steffen

Lead Estimator

David first began in the construction industry working for a custom homebuilder in the Peoria area while attending Bradley University. During his last year at Bradley, he began working part-time for Hoerr Construction as a laborer. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Construction and a minor in Business Management, he began working for Hoerr Construction, Inc as an estimator/project manager.

David is 30 hr. OSHA trained and has managed numerous municipal and industrial sewer and water projects successfully completing them within constricted, tight time frames.

David’s current duties include estimating and project management for water and sewer construction projects as well as Directional Boring, Line-Stops and Insta-Valves, CIPP, HDPE fusion & installation and other various trenchless technologies. He is a member of the Underground Contractors Association (UCA) and regularly participates in UCA of Illinois meetings and events.

Dan Wiegand

Project Manager

Dan began his construction career with Hoerr Construction after graduating from High School in 1998. Starting out as a laborer on an open cut crew, he spent his early years at Hoerr Construction installing electrical conduits and manhole reconstruction. After being promoted to foreman and then superintendent, Dan began working with Cured-In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) technologies in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in over 4,000,000 feet of CIPP rehabilitation for sanitary, stormwater, pressure pipe, and water main pipe for diameters ranging from 4” to 72”. Dan’s hands-on approach and leadership style has earned him high respect within the industry. His knowledge and experience in CIPP have helped to develop and strengthen Hoerr Construction’s unique installation methods particularly in Large Diameter sanitary, storm, and culvert pipelines.

Currently serving as Project Manager, Dan’s duties include project management, scheduling, and supervising the CCTV and CIPP crews.

Jim Pool

Project Manager

Jim Pool started his construction career in 1984, working as a laborer in Central Illinois helping to build fuel stations from start to finish. This included: burying the fuel tanks, piping from tanks to pumps, concrete flat work and constructing the building. He also learned to install oil, lube, air lines and vehicle lifts for dealerships and repair shops. In 1990, Jim started working in the underground utility construction field where in stalled sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water mains. Managing new subdivision construction projects, Jim installed underground utilities, curb and gutter, and roads. He has worked within both the commercial and residential industries installing septic systems, pouring basements, foundation work, and parking lots.

In 1997, Jim joined Hoerr Construction, Inc as a construction foreman for all Water and Sewer installation work. His experience working with local power, communication, and telephone companies has led to opportunities for Hoerr ‘s Directional Boring operations as well as Duct Bank &Underground Vault installations. In 2018, Jim was promoted to Project Manager. His years of experience have been directly related to Hoerr Construction’s ability to operate smoothly and take on difficult and unique jobs.

Stephanie Martin

Project Administration

Steph Martin began working at Hoerr Construction in 2003, during their tenth year in business. As the company grew, so did her career in underground construction. Steph was hired as a bookkeeper to do data entry tasks in accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. As her knowledge of the company and the underground industry increased, she got more involved in assisting project managers throughout the life cycle of projects. As a project administrator, her current job duties entail coordinating project and billing details with customers/engineers while working with our project managers throughout the entirety of the project. Steph reviews job prints, compiles data into spreadsheets for construction crews, and discusses issues with our team. During the project she tracks changes to scope of work and pricing. Upon completion of a job, Steph will review installed quantities, bill the customer/engineer and follow up until all paperwork is finalized and the project is closed out. She also works with our other bookkeeping staff coordinating workload and task priorities to keep the office flowing smoothly.

John Manijak

Business Development

John graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and began his career as a dispatcher in the recycling industry. Later he was promoted to Scale Coordinator, Accountant, and then Financial Controller. John joined the sewer/water industry in 1999 working for a local Chicago contractor. After moving to the operations side of the business, John held the positions of dispatcher, supervisor, surveyor, project manager, estimator, and business development. After 17 years, he joined a nationwide company and started their Chicago pipe services division and established services for Cleaning/CCTV inspection, Lateral inspection & GIS location, manhole rehabilitation, sewer grouting, and short lining. John served as their Chairman for the Executive Safety Committee (2.5 years), Services Technical Director, and national Business Development Manager. In 2022, John joined Hoerr Construction, Inc as Business Development.

Active in many industry organizations, John received the Golden Manhole Award from the Central States Water Environmental Association (CSWEA) in 2015. Currently serving as the Chairman of NASSCO’s Infiltration Control Grouting Committee (ICGC) as well as a member of several other NASSCO committees, he received the Chairperson of the Year award in 2022. John has published multiple whitepapers, articles and has been a featured speaker at multiple industry conferences and webinars on various trenchless technologies. He is a recognized co-author of several specifications including: Manhole Rehabilitation Guideline Specification (NASSCO 2015), Pressure Testing and Grouting of Sewer Joints, Lateral and Lateral Connections (NASSCO 2014), Pipeline Packer Injection Capital Grouting (NASSCO 2021), and Pipeline Packer Injection Pre-Rehabilitation Grouting (NASSCO 2021). John has also been responsible for development of the Grouting Unified Safe Operating Practices Program (NASSCO 2022) and publishing the Test Cell Research Whitepaper (NASSCO 2023).