Third Generation

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The reason Fransen Decorating has thrived for almost 100 years is our philosophy of making sure that every client receives excellent service. It’s the same philosophy our grandfather used when he founded the company in 1923.

As an immigrant from Sweden, Harry Fransen began painting for the railroads in the Chicago area. In the early 40’s he moved his family to rural Milaca and started a retail paint store and paint and wall covering contracting services business. In 1965, his sons Gene and John Sr. purchased the business and expanded the company into the commercial and industrial market.

We are now in our third generation of family ownership. John Jr. and Jackie took over the business in 1990 and are proud to be following in their grandfather’s footsteps by continuing the tradition of quality workmanship with the best commercial, industrial, and speciality painting services available.

Fransen Decorating, Inc. is the oldest union contractor in District Council 82. We are a full- service commercial painting and wall covering contractor providing services in the upper Midwest region including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. No project is too big or small whether it’s a school, water treatment plant, arena, government center, manufacturing plant, fire station, fitness center, or office space; we believe our customer’s needs and wishes are ours to satisfy.
Old Fransen Building
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