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Sky is the limit

Through integrity, innovation, hard work and an unstoppable spirit, Tower Systems continues to reach new heights, thanks to a loyal following of clients across the country and around the world. Through a combination of talent, ambition and can-do attitude, we truly rise above the rest when it comes to the seemingly impossible. Whether it’s a remote location, rugged terrain, a specialized installation or something that’s never been tried before—give us a call. We are more than ready to make it happen.


To rise above the competition as a leader in the telecommunications industry, setting standards in safety and quality while providing skilled expertise, honest values and an innovative spirit to a growing number of industries around the world.


To be the most recognized and respected tower solutions company in the world while maintaining the family-operated culture of respect, integrity and values established by our founder.


To always work above and beyond expectations, to treat each other the way we want to be treated and to adhere to the highest levels of safety and quality in every aspect of our profession.

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Global Reach. Hometown Values.

With a core team of people deeply committed to our success, Tower Systems is a family-operated business headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota, with a division in Winter Park, Florida and a satellite office in Angle Inlet, Minnesota. CEO Kari L. Carlson is a second-generation owner following in the footsteps of her father Bill, who was a highly respected trailblazer in the tower industry. Even as the company grows and expands its services across the globe, the culture remains tight-knit, focused on safety, respect and quality.

Kari L. Carlson

Kari L. Carlson

Eric S. Anderson

Eric S. Anderson

Benni W. Carlson

Benni W. Carlson

Chief Barketing Officer
Randy  L. Sampson

Randy L. Sampson

Director of Business Development
Lynnette M. Cotten

Lynnette M. Cotten

Director of Meteorological Services
Scott C. Conyers

Scott C. Conyers

Senior Project Manager
Derek A. Wensel

Derek A. Wensel

Senior Construction Manager
Scott  C. Burdette

Scott C. Burdette

Senior Sales Executive
Andrew Van Roekel

Andrew Van Roekel

Sales Executive
Tom Harrington

Tom Harrington

Kevin  Gadsby

Kevin Gadsby

Brian R. Hills

Brian R. Hills

Safety & Training Manager

Our History

Founded in 1975 to promote the TS Elevator Systems developed by company founder, Bill Carlson, Tower Systems has grown steadily over the years operating on the corporate values of safety, integrity, and exceptional customer service. The company quickly evolved into the telecommunications space, building towers all across the world. In 1991 Tower Systems moved its headquarters from Cambridge, Minnesota to Watertown, South Dakota, taking advantage of South Dakota’s favorable business climate. Two years later, with the cellular boom in full force, the Southeast division was added in Winter Park, Florida. And in 1997, always staying loyal to his hometown roots, Bill added a satellite office in Angle Inlet, Minnesota which allowed him to work, fish, hunt, and enjoy his family all at the same time. Today, the company is led by Bill’s daughter Kari and is proud to hold the designation of Woman-Owned Business. Kari and the Tower Systems team continue to enlarge its global footprint while maintaining the values that it was founded upon over 45 years ago.


Scott Conyers, one of their Senior Project Managers, showed an extraordinary sense of professionalism while dealing one on one with our customer as well as associated subcontractors. His field knowledge and ability to handle unforeseen situations, was acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

Tower Systems is a professional organization that takes great pride in the safe and timely completion of ALU systems. They are highly recommended and will be continually used on future ALU systems being deployed.


Tower Systems is one of the top notch companies I have had the pleasure to work with. They are extremely knowledgeable in the industry, they are completely professional and the work ethics strive for completing the work in a timely and safe manner. I hire them to perform maintenance of tower and radio equipment along with any and all repairs to the tower structure for integrity. I would highly recommend them for any and all tower work needed. 


Over the last 20 years, I have used Tower Systems to design and install tall guyed towers with complex elevator systems and multiple levels of meteorological monitoring equipment at commercial nuclear utilities in the U.S.  They have also provided us with tower inspections, tensioning, and other maintenance services at numerous commercial and U.S. Department of Energy Facilities.  They are the first tower company I call because they always provide top notch professional service whether it is a one-day inspection or a 3-month design, build, and install.


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Safety Training & Awareness

Our company founder, Bill Carlson, has said that his greatest contribution to the industry was in 1995 when he came up with the idea to start an association that advocates for the safety of those that put their lives at risk climbing towers every day. He brought together approximately 60 companies and started NATE. Today, this organization boasts over 1,000 members throughout the nation and though it advocates for many things, safety remains a top priority. Tower Systems continues to operate under the same fundamentals upon which our founder started NATE. Bottom line is that the safety of our team is our top priority. Through the combined leadership of Chief Safety Officer Eric Anderson, and Safety & Training Manager Brian Hills, we continually seek out ways to train, equip and support our field technicians to ensure that every single one of them makes it home safely at the end of each day.

Knot Tying and Rigging Classes

American Red Cross CPR / First Aid Certifications

Competent Climber / Rescue Training

OSHA 10 Hour Course

OSHA 30 Hour Course

Connector Certifications

Sweep Test Classes

RF Awareness

DOT Rules and Regulations

Hoist Operator Training

Crane Operator Certifications

Industry Standards and Best Practices - The Culture of Safety


CDL Drivers

NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators)

General Contractor State Licenses

Alabama 48898
California 588152
Florida CGC1515834
Mississippi  12165-MC
Oregon 91706
South Carolina G117606
South Dakota AEC2306
Tennessee 54160