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St. Paul Utilities (SPU) was founded in 1975 by Paul Behr. The company was initially established with only a tractor backhoe. Its service was providing sewer and water to residential homes in and around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. In 1990, Mike Leahy Sr. was hired as an operator. Together, Paul and Mike Sr. expanded SPU's services to small commercial projects.  

By 1994, Mike Leahy Sr. moved from the field into the office as the estimator and project manager. Here, he developed many great relationships and an outstanding reputation of quality work for St. Paul Utilities. During his 18 year tenure at SPU, the company grew steadily and several new employees were hired. Mike Sr. retired in 2008 with over 40 years in the industry.

Because of the leadership of management and the talent of employees, SPU has grown to provide utility installation, manhole and sewer rehabilitation, emergency water and sewer repair, grading, and pipejacking to the commercial sewer and water industry.   


Utility Installation

SPU, Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive sewer and water solutions, offering a range of services for storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main installation projects. Our expertise and dedication ensure efficient and effective implementation of these critical systems, contributing to the reliability and sustainability of communities.

Storm Water Detention

SPU, Inc. offers  storm water detention installation, from excavation and grading to the installation of detention structures and conveyance systems. As well as, ongoing maintenance and monitoring services to ensure the continued effectiveness and reliability of storm water detention facilities.

Emergency Repairs

24/7 Emergency Response: Our dedicated team is available round-the-clock to respond to your water main emergencies promptly.


State-of-the-Art Equipment: Equipped with advanced tools and technology, our skilled employees are equipped to handle even the most complex water main repairs with precision and efficiency. We get the job done in a highly effective and timely manner.


Expert Diagnosis and Solutions: With our extensive experience, we conduct thorough assessments to identify the root cause of your water main issues. From leaks to ruptures, we provide expert solutions to address your specific needs, restoring functionality and preventing future problems.


Compliance and Safety: As a licensed and insured company, we adhere to the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance in all our repair operations. You can trust us to prioritize the well-being of your property and community.


Meet The Team

Mike Leahy

Mike Leahy Jr.


Mike took over as president in 2014.  He has been in the industry since the 1980's working with his father as well as other former employees.  He has built many great relationships in the industry in that time.  In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time at the lake and attending various sporting events.

Jay Walters

Jay Walters

Vice President and Estimator

Jay joined SPU in 2004 as an estimator and project manager. He is highly respected for his vast knowledge of the industry, as well as for his great relationships with owners, engineers and project managers.  Outside of work, Jay is a father and husband, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Berry, riding his motorcycle, and watching horse racing.

Blake Beilby

Blake Beilby

Operations Manager

Blake has been employed at SPU since 2016 as an estimator and operations manager.  Blake brings years of experience in the industry and an extensive knowledge of heavy equipment to SPU.  Blake loves to spend time with his son, practing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and riding his motorcycle in his free time.




Year Established

Projects Completed Since 2005

Of satisfied  customers


Employees with over 10 years of service





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Head Office

190 Ryan Lane

Little Canada, MN 55117

Tel: 651.484.8766


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