Michigan Construction Hall of Fame names inductees
Two West Michigan construction professionals are now hall of famers.
Eastbrook Homes President and CEO Mick McGraw and Anlaan Corporation Founder Donald Anderson were inducted to the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame last month.
The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame, located at the Ferris State University School of Built Environment, also inducted Michael Emmenecker, president of Saginaw-based Heineman, and Lynn Wolgast, founder of Saginaw-based Wolgast Corporation.
McGraw began working at Grand Rapids-based Eastbrook Homes in 1979, following a five-year stint with Union Bank & Trust. He became president of Eastbrook Homes in 1986 and CEO in 1994.
Since he began working with the company, it has built more than 10,000 homes and was ranked the 110th-largest homebuilder in the nation in 2015 by Builders Magazine.
He was president of the Grand Rapids Home Builders Association in 1984 and 1985 and has served on the Home Builders Association of Michigan and National Association of Home Builders.
“He is an entrepreneur, innovator, leader and engaging community developer who has and continues to give back and make our state better,” Home Builders Association of Michigan CEO Bob Filka said.
Following his graduation from Michigan Technological University, Anderson worked with the Michigan State Highway Department as a bridge engineer, before moving on to Midwest Bridge, where he worked from 1968 to 1976.
He returned to bridge work with Seaway, helping build the US-131 bridge across the Muskegon River. When Seaway moved its operations to Florida, Anderson opted to stay in Michigan and start Anlaan Corporation with Seaway colleague Gerrit Terlaan.
Eventually, Grand Haven-based Anlaan was sold by its founders to three long-time employees.