About Us

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.

Meet Our Teams

Commercial & Residential Plumbing

We are continuously a leader in plumbing for Grand Rapids homeowners and business owners. We install new systems for homeowners and businesses – everything from water heaters, sump pumps and toilets to gas piping and backflow devices. We maintain existing systems to help prevent emergencies and extend the life of your plumbing equipment. We also provide 24/7 plumbing repair services and troubleshooting to minimize interruptions to your life and business.

Water Treatment

We offer high-quality water softeners, iron and sulfur filters, tannins removal units, reverse-osmosis drinking water systems and many other products and services – all from Aqua Systems, one of the industry’s most trusted and reliable brands. We’ll even provide competitive specs, literature and warranties so you can see for yourself that Aqua Systems delivers more for less. That includes basic warranties that are so generous, there’s no need for us to offer an extended warranty.

Heating & Cooling

Godwin offers all the heating and cooling products you need to keep your Grand Rapids home or business comfortable – including furnaces, air-conditioning units, humidifiers and air filtration systems, from many of the industry’s most respected brands – including York, Honeywell, Aprilaire and Heil. Just as importantly, our people will make you feel comfortable while they’re installing, maintaining or repairing your equipment. You’ll get no high-pressure sales tactics from us – just a clear explanation of your options and a promise to get the job done right the first time.


Should’ve started at Godwin. We hear that so often from our customers – they couldn’t find the part they were looking for or the help they wanted until they came to Godwin Hardware’s store in Grand Rapids for their home improvement needs. We’ve been serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan area for more than 60 years, so we have a pretty good handle on the needs of local residents and businesses. From plumbing and electrical supplies to tools and paint, from home goods to lawn-and-garden essentials, our hardware store has it all – and more!

Godwin Gives Back

Grand Rapids and West Michigan have supported our business for 60 years, so we feel a responsibility to give back to the community. Over the years, we’ve sponsored and supported organizations in and around West Michigan as well as organizations around the world! One such organization is The Ebenezer Discipleship Training Center, located in Haiti. Its mission is to empower and enable the indigenous church in Haiti through discipleship, job creation, and self sustainability. This organization is special to us here at Godwin, as one of our employees plays a large role in its ongoing leadership. He takes many trips to Haiti each year to help this organization be successful and to help the people of Haiti. One area that he helps with specifically is the Haitian Harvest Initiative, which produces the Blue Bean Coffee we sell at Godwin Hardware but can also be purchased online here.