As you pull into Blenker Building Systems parking lot in rural Amherst, WI, you will see a 90,000 square foot, one-stop shopping spectacle. In the beginning, Blenker was a general contracting and remodeling business that started in 1974. Through ambition, technology and hard work Blenker became Blenker Building Systems as you see it today. The most important things have remained the same throughout the last 40 years: ingenuity, quality and good old-fashioned customer service.
The ingenuity began in the mid-90s when Peter Blenker decided to begin manufacturing wall panels for the homes he was contracted to build. Pre-manufacturing wall panels utilizing an indoor crew gave Peter the control he needed to be most effective as a contractor. Wall panels allowed for much greater control of costs, work environment, scheduling and possibly most importantly, quality. Pre-manufacturing also gave him the opportunity to provide better customer service, which blossomed from the inside out. Yes, it meant providing reasonably priced, higher quality products to the buyer, but it also meant serving his framing crew more readily with on-time output that was straightforward and speedy to install. (Not to mention using great lumber and always plumb!)
Another reason Blenker has been so successful is because of its heritage as builders. “A lot of truss companies are manufacturing wall panels. We feel as through our ‘framers point of view’ gives us an advantage. We can serve our customers better because we understand what they want; we’ve done it ourselves. Wall panels are a very unique business, with their own quality, material handling and jobsite delivery issues.”
We Are Blenker Companies, Inc.
Our employees are more than a means to an end. They are the essence of our company—the driving force behind our innovation, progress, integrity, quality and, ultimately, the satisfaction of each one of our customers.
The Blenker Family
Peter Blenker / Founder & CEO of Blenker Companies, Inc.
Peter Blenker is the CEO and Founder of Blenker Companies, Inc. His expertise and experience is a foundation to our companies. Peter has been involved in all trades of the shelter industry since 1969. He continues to provide invaluable assistance to developers, general contractors, home builders and designers. Peter’s early education includes Mechanical Engineering and a Carpentry Apprenticeship.
Pam Jewell / President of Blenker Construction
First of all, who calls themselves “The Queen”? Pam does! Pam attended school for Interior Design at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. There, she learned techniques in color design, kitchen layouts, and lighting specifics. Although architecturally designing homes has been the bulk of what she does, her first love is the interior design of any home. Every home should be welcoming to those who live there and reflect the spirit of their lives. She has been known to do the marketing and advertising for our companies as well as Human Resources and Community Relations.
Jason Blenker / President of Blenker Building Systems
Jason serves as the President of Blenker Building Systems, Inc. While he does have the corner office and the title to accompany it, you can just as easily find him working alongside the crews out in the plant. Along with the usual hardhat, he seems to wear an assortment of other hats for the company. Jason is a graduate of the Construction Management program at UW Stout.
Justin Blenker / I.T.
Justin has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering & Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Kristifer Blenker / President of Our House Limited
Kris serves as the president of Our House Limited. His current duties include assisting the maintenance department with welding repairs as well as designing and fabricating metal projects. He also holds a commercial driving license and drives loads. He joined Blenker Companies, Inc. in 2008 and was hired for architectural design. Prior to this, he worked at several different welding and diving jobs including the survey and removal of the I-10 bridge in Pensacola, Florida post hurricane and the heavy fabrication, welding, and underwater welding of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2004, he graduated with honors from College of Oceaneering with a specialty in Underwater Welding and in 2003, he graduated from Madison Area Technical College in Welding.
Meet Our Team
Nora Boomer / Director of Human Resources
Nora holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. A bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication, and a master’s degree in organizational communication. Nora also holds the human resources designations of PHR, SHRM-CP, and CIR. She has been in the field of human resources, and a member of the Stevens Point Area Human Resources Association (SPAHRA) for 14 years. She held the roles of chapter president and communications chair for five of those years. Nora has also been active in her community through numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Mark Robinson / Business Development Leader
Mark leads our Business Development team. That team is focused on helping builders not only ready to simplify, but also grow their business. Along with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, he brings over 15 years of experience, building a very successful custom home design/build company from the ground up. His knowledge of the industry, his ability to influence people in a positive way, and his willingness to share innovative ideas to enhance the overall productivity are valuable traits Mark brings to our builder partners, enabling him to be an integral part of their team as a trusted adviser.
Justin Breyhan / Business Development
Justin has been with Blenker Building Systems since its outside sales conception. He plays a key role in the development of our builder network, working with builders across the Midwest. His success is centered on building relationships as a result of listening to customer’s needs and understanding how he can deliver products and services to match those needs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He is a member of the Golden Sands and Wausau Builders Association as well as their affiliates; Wisconsin Builders Association and National Home Builders Association.
Tim Mueller / Business Development
Tim has been in a business development role for over 20 years and has a degree in Marketing from Chippewa Valley Technical College. He started with Blenker Companies, Inc. in November 2014. He specializes in recruiting, training, and assisting residential builders build more efficiently using the Blenker component and our Envision. Home at Last. systems.