about us

The Original Contractor

Our story began in 1891. Four young engineers in Grand Rapids, Michigan had a vision to build a great city. Their resumés were written in the lines of their hardened, calloused hands.

our history

Over 130 Years of Experience

Our founders cared about people, first and foremost, and established an employee-owned construction company that eventually became Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co. (or O‑A‑K, as we call ourselves). Industry trends came and went, marketplace demands evolved, and O‑A‑K continually transformed. We believe the most successful companies are constantly adjusting to what they’ve learned. We’ve done a lot of adjusting since 1891.

Today, we manage the building process, not just the construction itself. We have carried out that vision to build a great city in Grand Rapids, and have expanded into Kalamazoo, Michigan; Fort Myers, Florida; and Castle Rock, Colorado. At our core, we are culturally humble and driven. We imagine if we met those four young engineers today – 131 years later – they would tip their hats.

core ideology

OUR VALUES

  • Choosing what's right

    Choosing what's right, every time

    "Nate's decision-making process is always to go with his gut on what he feels is the right thing to do and the fairest for everyone involved."

    -Peer nomination for Nate Zichterman, 2022 Value Ambassador

  • Can-Do Attitude

    A can-do attitude

    "Angelo has the ability to make the best of a stressful situation. I've never heard him say something can't be done."

    -Peer nomination for Angelo Garcia, 2022 Value Ambassador

  • Personal Responsibility

    A personal sense of responsibility

    "Jan-Erik always goes above and beyond what is expected of him. He cares deeply about our team and it shows."

    -Peer nomination for Jan-Erik Hustrulid, 2022 Value Ambassador

  • People who value people

    People who value other people

    "Harriet has developed a step-by-step training program for the billing clerk position… and her repeated willingness to help people, especially subs, learn more about the process shows clearly that she values other people."

    -Peer Nomination for Harriet Perdue, 2022 Value Ambassador

core ideology

OUR VALUES

Choosing what's right, every time

"Nate's decision-making process is always to go with his gut on what he feels is the right thing to do and the fairest for everyone involved."

-Peer nomination for Nate Zichterman, 2022 Value Ambassador

A can-do attitude

"Angelo has the ability to make the best of a stressful situation. I've never heard him say something can't be done."

-Peer nomination for Angelo Garcia, 2022 Value Ambassador

A personal sense of responsibility

"Jan-Erik always goes above and beyond what is expected of him. He cares deeply about our team and it shows."

-Peer nomination for Jan-Erik Hustrulid, 2022 Value Ambassador

People who value other people

"Harriet has developed a step-by-step training program for the billing clerk position… and her repeated willingness to help people, especially subs, learn more about the process shows clearly that she values other people."

-Peer Nomination for Harriet Perdue, 2022 Value Ambassador

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firm structure

Employee-Owned

Our employees are personally vested in the success of every project.

Being an employee-owned company, we take ownership of each and every project and we treat it like our own, from all levels of the company.

Frank Stanek
CEO, Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co.