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"You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart"

– Thomas J. Watson
Former President of IBM

Our Heritage

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1951

Pfaffmann and John Friedrich form a
partnership, working at Friedrich’s
house, as Harper Woods Modernization.
Pfaffmann and Friedrich do Kresge’s
first checkout conversion.
1952

Pfaffmann and Friedrich pay $1,500
for their first company vehicle,
a 1951 Dodge panel truck.
1953

S.S. Kresge Co. hired Harper Woods Modernization to do its first corporate- approved checkout conversion.
1955

Needing more space, Harper Woods Modernization moves into its first dedicated office in St. Clair Shores and becomes Woods Construction Co.
1956

For the first time, the majority of Woods’ work is outside of Michigan.
1961

Woods becomes Kresge’s largest remodeling contractor. Woods works on Kresge’s first Jupiter store.
1962

Woods Construction Co. incorporated to become Woods Construction Co., Inc. Pfaffmann is the only stockholder.

The first Kmart debuts in Garden City, MI, with fixture installation and interior work by Woods.

Pfaffmann buys a building in Warren and begins renovating it as Woods’ future home.
1964

Pfaffmann-Friedrich partnership dissolves. The St. Clair Shores complex goes to Friedrich as part of the buyout.

Woods moves to the Warren building.
1965

Woods begins expanding the Warren building.

Sales surpass $1 million for the first time.
1971

Woods completes Warren expansion.
1972

Woods expands with Woods Manufacturing
Division at a newly purchase plant in
Nappanee IN.
1973

Woods creates Chicago-based subsidiary,
Woods Distributors, Inc., to oversee kitchen
cabinet fixture warehousing and sales.

Woods reorganizes. Woods Construction Co., Inc.
becomes W.C. (Woods Construction) Associates Inc.
with three divisions: Woods Manufacturing Co.,
to produce fixtures, Woods Construction Co.,
to serve as general contractors, and Woods
Commercial Contractor Co., to subcontract
fixture installers.
1974

Woods Distributors Inc. moves under W.C. Associates umbrella.

W.C. Associates creates Indiana-based Michiana Industries to replace Woods Manufacturing Division.
1976

Woods celebrates 25 years in business.
1977

Rochester Chamber of Commerce names
Pfaffmann Citizen of the Year.
1978

W.C. Associates sells Warren property and moves to Fraser.
1980

W.C. Associates does renovation to Fraser
building.
1981

Associated General Constructors Detroit chapter elects Pfaffmann as its president.
1984

W.C. Associates hires John Bodary as a
Projects Monitor.
1986

W.C. Associates sells all remaining assets in
Michiana to Laidlaw Coons Associates to be
run by a former employee.
1987

Bodary becomes Vice President of W.C. Associates.
1988

Pauline “Tim” Stahl becomes President of W.C. Associates.
1989

Financial difficulties force Laidlaw Coons to dissolve Michiana and turn its assets over to W.C. Associates.

W.C. Associates dissolves Woods Construction Co. to create a new corporate entity, Woods Construction Inc., with Bodary as a 51 percent stockholder and President.

Pfaffmann becomes a consultant to Woods Construction Inc.
1990

W.C. Associates auctions off all Michiana
assets creating a loss on the company’s books.
1991

Deb Williams is hired to help out in the office and becomes a member of the team at Woods Construction.

Bodary purchases the remaining 49 percent of Woods Construction Inc. stock.

The first Super K opens in Medina OH with Woods’ prototype fixtures and installations.
1992

Stahl retires.

Woods does its first project in Alaska.
1994

Woods works its first Target store.

Williams becomes Vice President of Woods
Construction Inc.
1995

Woods helps convert a Kmart in Fort Wayne IN
into the country’s first Big K.

Woods begins working in other countries,
including Guam, Singapore and the Czech Republic.

Woods does its first Sears remodeling.
1996

W.C. Associates dissolves according to Pfaffmann’s 1989 plan.

Woods adds Home Depot and Rite Aid as clients.

Woods leases the remainder of its Fraser building doubling corporate headquarters and adding the mill shop it lost with the move to Fraser.
1997

Woods buys Fraser building.
1998

Woods adds Kohl’s to its client list
1999

Woods installs some of the country’s first Vermaports.
2000

Woods participates in Kmart’s Big K Express
pilot project to build gas stations/mini marts.

Pfaffmann receives Kiwanis’ highest award,
the Tablet of Honor.

Woods installs Kmart’s first checkout
carousels.
2001

Woods installs prototype SCOT systems, a single-unit power belt and self-scanning mechanism, in Kmart stores.

Woods celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2003

Woods does its first work for TJX Companies.
2004

Woods moves into new state of the art facility in Sterling Heights.

Woods adds JCPenney Co, Inc. to its client list
2008

Woods christened a replica 1951 Dodge panel van.

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