When Vern Swanson and Bob Youngdale started Swanson & Youngdale (S&Y) 75 years ago, the company looked a little different. They began the company out of Vern’s garage, and they didn’t own a car to get to jobs. Instead, they hopped on a streetcar, hanging on to the side with ladders, drop cloths, paint buckets and all. Flash forward to today: what once was two budding entrepreneurs working out of their garage has grown into one of the most successful painting and drywall companies in Minnesota.

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