Over 65 years ago, John Bouma Sr. started a business based on integrity, hard work and quality workmanship. Relationship building formed the core of his principles of customer service. Back then, a hand-shake was as good as a contract, reinforced by character and honor.
Tile setters John and Paul Bouma borrowed $1,000 from their parents to launch their own business. In an era where a house cost $4,000, this was a significant financial commitment – and one that presented a tremendous opportunity for the brothers.
In those early days, Bouma Tile Company focused on residential and commercial tile. The brothers worked out of the basement of Paul’s house. Times were still lean and the days were long – it wasn’t unusual to put in 15-hour workdays.
Bouma began to get a reputation in West Michigan, for honesty, for integrity and for quality worksmanship. For not only finishing the jobs we took, but finishing them on time – and within budget.
Today, Bouma Construction provides Design-Build, Construction Management and General Contracting services on commercial projects. While we serve a broad range of clients, we specialize in office buildings, shopping malls and retail outlets, hospitals and medical facilities, schools and educational facilities, and renovation work.
At Bouma Construction, a handshake is still a handshake. You have our word on that.