Why Custer

For over 38 years, Custer has created exceptional spaces that augment meaningful connections and empower people to do their best work. Our team designs and builds environments that maximize productivity and a sense of purpose, drawing on extensive research and our established expertise. Custer delivers spaces that inspire and support the work our clients do.

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At the heart of who we are, Custer is a family of people who love what they do. Our team of employees work diligently together toward the common goal of providing the best for our customers.

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History

In 1981, Dave Custer bought a failing office furniture dealership. Now, that once-failing dealership is a thriving innovator of workplace interiors in West and Northern Michigan. Over decades of growth, our full scope of services has come to include interior design, furniture selection and specification, audio visual and technology solutions, and custom-built elements. With the acquisition of several partner companies, Custer’s portfolio also includes flooring, cabinetry, and electric services as well. Today, Dave’s sons Scott, Mark, and Todd continue to build off their father’s vision to create exceptional spaces that empower people to do their best work.

1981

David Custer & fellow Steelcase employee buy failing office furniture dealership in Grand Rapids; located on Lyon Street downtown, Custer Office Environments opens in March with 17 employees, providing Steelcase & other fine furniture, flooring, office accessories, space planning, design, and installation services.

1984

Warehouse outlet opens on Grandville Avenue marketing used, reconditioned, and budget furniture

1989

Custer Office Environments begins to expand into markets across West Michigan, including Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, and Benton Harbor

1993

Custer Office Environments wins Steelcase Exemplary Dealer Award

1998

Custer Office Environments’ services expand to include reconfiguration and asset management; Battle Creek & Kalamazoo facilities consolidate into new location at 5200 Sprinkle Rd, housing sales, design, operations, and asset management

2006

Custer Office Environments launches Custer HealthWorks, a healthcare division, and Custer Studio, a 3D visualization division, later to be called Dart Frog Creative; with the addition of these divisions, COE rebrands as Custer Workplace Interiors; Custer’s flooring division spins off into a separate company, Century Floor Space, and opens at a separate location

2013

Custer partners with SPACE, a co-working facility in Traverse City, to become SPACE Powered by Custer; Custer furnishes the facility & begins using it as a showroom & office for remote employees; the same year, Custer, Inc. is recognized as a Steelcase Platinum Partner

2015

Todd Custer transitions into position of COO; phase one of Grand Rapids showroom is completed; Kalamazoo office relocates to Haymarket Building at 161 E Michigan Ave; Custer becomes majority owner of C&S Electric Service; Todd Custer is named to the GRBJ class of 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in our community; Custer is named to 2015 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S., with 83% growth over a three year period

2017

Custer launches Renegade to providing custom interior elements that promote culture, brand, and experience; C&S Electric Service, of which Custer is a majority owner, acquires Erickson Electric Service to become CS Erickson; Custer completes renovations at 320 Hall Street and movetechnology, Renegade, and operations teams to the new building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982

Custer Office Environments moves to Trade Center on Louis NW, downtown Grand Rapids

1988

Custer moves retail outlet store and warehouse operations to Patterson Ave.

1992

Custer Office Environments moves to new headquarters at 45 Ottawa Ave in downtown Grand Rapids

1996

Custer Office Environments wins Steelcase Exemplary Dealer Award

2004

Custer Office Environments merges all Grand Rapids operations & moves into newly renovated facility at 217 Grandville Ave SW; Kalamazoo operations relocate to Cork St

2009

Custer Workplace Interiors expands into Northern Michigan; the divisions of Architectural Products & Technology are established; Custer Workplace Interiors rebrands as Custer, Inc. to establish itself as a full-service firm

2014

Custer is recognized as a Steelcase Platinum Partner; 217 Management launches to provide facility services & interior construction management; Custer purchases midsize electrical company, C&S Electric Service, in Grand Haven; Custer sells Dart Frog Creative, enabling the 3D rendering studio to grow while Custer maintains its identity in interior renovations; Mark & Kellie Custer open Worklab by Custer, a coworking & offsite meeting space in downtown Grand Rapids; Dave Custer begins to transition the business to his three sons

2016

Custer receives designation as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For ®; phase two of Grand Rapids showroom remodel is completed, encompassing east half of second floor; Custer is named a Steelcase Premier Partner; Custer’s human resources and employee enrichment practices are considered excellent by the National Association for Business Resources

2018

Final phase of Grand Rapids showroom remodel is completed, encompassing west half of second floor

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