Who We Are
West Michigan’s most trusted home improvement professionals since 1955.
Way back in 1955, a cool (and very handy) guy named Red Brummel sold his house and used the proceeds to buy a hardware store in the Godwin Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids. He made plumbing service calls while his wife, Louise, ran the hardware store.
Word of Red’s talent with pipes and fixtures soon spread – and by 1957, he was working with area real estate developers to install new plumbing into area homes and businesses. That work drove him to build the largest inventory of plumbing parts on this side of the state, a collection that gave rise to the famous slogan we debuted in the late 60s: “Godwin’s Got It!”
Godwin’s still got the area’s most extensive inventory of hard-to-find plumbing parts and the region’s most complete full-service hardware store. We’ve also got two additional business units that grew out of our plumbing expertise: Godwin Heating and Cooling, for all your indoor environmental comfort needs, and Godwin Water Treatment, bringing fresh, pure water to you and your family or employees.
Red’s still with us in spirit, as the current owners grew up in the business, learning at his side. Tim Buist, Bruce DeBoer, Rick Lameyer, Scott Bird, Scott DeBoer, Brent Dykstra and Aaron Kooyer have a combined total of about 150 years working at Godwin – and they’re continuing Red’s philosophy of treating each customer as honestly and helpfully as possible.
Today, our flagship Godwin Hardware (and corporate headquarters) stands about one block from the original store. We employ approximately 160 people, the majority of them service techs. Almost 30% of Godwin employees have been with the company for at least 20 years. We’re proud that many of our customers have also been with us for decades – and we’re thrilled that we’re still meeting new customers every day!