Kent Companies adds new division

January 30, 2011
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Grand Rapids-based Kent Companies Inc. has launched a new division and appointed two new division managers.

The concrete company is responding to the rising demand for restoration work with the formation of Kent Building Restoration, a new division that specializes in building restoration, caulking and commercial waterproofing, said CEO Jeff VanderLaan.

The new division complements Kent Companies’ existing products and services, including concrete construction, concrete pumping, lightweight and specialty floor underlayments, concrete lifting, decorative concrete, foundation stabilization, in-plant maintenance, facility services, waterproofing and concrete staining and polishing.

“We want to offer our customers the convenience of a one-stop subcontractor for all their concrete needs,” VanderLaan said. “These new services position us for restoration work and also mean we can provide caulking and waterproofing for new construction. This is one more way we can deliver integrated services for construction managers and general contractors.”

The new division will be headed by Philip J. Bouma, an expert in concrete and masonry restoration and commercial caulking and waterproofing. Bouma has more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, including construction estimating and project management. As the division leader, Bouma will be responsible for all bidding and sales, and will oversee field operations.

Kent Companies has also named Dave Moore to head Kent Floor Specialties, which focuses on polishing and staining of new and existing concrete and the installation of high-performance coatings. Moore has 30 years of experience and is a nationally recognized leader in his field. Moore has led projects of all sizes in more than 14 states across the U.S. As division leader, Moore will be responsible for all aspects of Kent Floor Specialties’ operations, including sales and field operations.

Kent Companies is headquartered in Grand Rapids and has locations in Detroit, as well as in Dallas, and in Charlotte, N.C.

Family owned for three generations, Kent Companies has more than 50 years in the construction business.

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