From 1949 to 1977, Emil, his wife Josephine and their three sons: Robert, Joe and Tom, operated E.L. Lien and Sons, Inc. The company worked in all phases of construction including grading, gravel, asphalt and concrete paving. Their projects covered a five-state area and included everything from highways to power plants to airports. The family business moved to Aberdeen, SD, in 1968 and continued their coverage area while establishing their business locally.
In 1977, Joe and his wife Edith, formed Lien Transportation Company
. The Lien Transportation Company
is still family owned and operated as the fourth generation has stepped in. Today, Joe's sons, Jason and Trevor, are operating the business and taking it forward to new levels of service.