The History of Wolgast
Where we came from to where we are.
G.H. Wolgast Masonry was founded in 1948 by Gerald H. Wolgast in Saginaw County. For years, our company grew as a local masonry contractor and built relationships with many area businesses, most notably the Texan Restaurant chain. Soon, the name of the company was changed to GH Wolgast Contractors and the focus of the company broadened to that of general contractor. In the upcoming years, Wolgast’s skills and accomplishments grew. Gerald Wolgast’s sons also grew and became involved in the company.
Lynn, Patrick, and the late Mark Wolgast began leaving their marks on the company. In the late 1960’s, this team of ambitious Wolgasts began to develop a relationship with McDonald’s Corporation. Soon, Wolgast began its first project as a general contractor for them. In 1980, Wolgast built its first new McDonald’s Restaurant. The relationship between Wolgast and McDonald’s has matured throughout the years and we have completed the construction of well over 260 new McDonald’s Restaurants.
In 1970, Gerald Wolgast, along with Lynn, Pat and Mark, incorporated under the name Wolgast Construction, Inc. While Wolgast continues to work today as a general contractor, the young entrepreneurs also saw a need to expand their services to satisfy the needs of all types of clients and projects. In the mid 1970’s, Wolgast established both a Design/Build Division and an Architectural Division. Wolgast is now a member of the Design Build Institute of America.
In 1977, Wolgast became a founding member of the Saginaw Valley Area Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. In 1996, Wolgast formed a Construction Management Division and is now a member of the Construction Management Association of America. Also In 1996, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) created the Accredited Quality Contractor Award. This award is based on the criteria of safety, employee benefits, training and education. Since the award’s inception, Wolgast has been a recipient each year. In 2008, Wolgast was one of three contractors to receive ABC’s National Safety Merit Award.
In 1997, Wolgast relocated our corporate offices to the Saginaw business district. The following year our company celebrated fifty years in business, and to better reflect the array of services Wolgast provides, the company became known as Wolgast Corporation that same year.
Until 2000, Wolgast had been a family owned and managed business. That year, Lynn and Pat Wolgast began transitioning their ownership of the company to their employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The following year, 2001, Brian Stadler was named President of Wolgast. This marks the first time in the company’s history that a non-family member has held such a key position within the company. The company became 100% Employee-Owned in 2006. Two years later, Wolgast partnered with Barnes Management, Inc. in Grand Rapids creating our West Michigan Office.
Most recently in 2012, as a value added service, Wolgast included an insurance restoration division in Saginaw and Kalamazoo. Wolgast Restoration further sets us apart as a comprehensive, full-service contractor, so we may quickly and efficiently help our clients when mayhem strikes. Today, Wolgast is proud to be one of Michigan’s most comprehensive and progressive providers of construction services with offices in Saginaw, Freeland, Grand Rapids, Gladstone, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Our experience has taught us that each client and each project is unique. We are fully equipped to handle any type of construction project including restoration, general construction, design/build, construction management, leaseback, real estate development, new build, remodel, or restoration.