does! In 1971, (not that long ago, right?) Peter Blenker wed Pamela Jewell at the Portage County
Court house and the rest, they say, is history. After purchasing their first home in Amherst, WI
in the Spring of 1973 for a whopping sum of $4,500 (They still had to sell their car to make the
down payment) and then they got to work on their first building project. It was a real “fix ‘er up’er!"
business for himself, as you can see here. They have always firmly believed in hard work, and that you’re
never too young to start!
enough. But by the time number three arrived, Kristifer, they returned to their roots and set him in motion
early on. Oh, to be a Blenker boy! What Jason started…Justin continued...
As did Justin, son #2. And last, but not least, the tradition continued with son #3, Kristifer. (We seem to believe
that a man and his truck is all one needs to get a business going). At the very least, it seems to be a Blenker
Learn about our history, mission and values
We came a long way since our parent company, Blenker Companies launched in 1974. Jump to 2010, and Envision. Home at Last. was born. Envision. Home at Last. was started to help, you, the homeowner realize the custom home of your dreams with the help of our builder network, which spreads across the upper Midwest.
HistoryAfter working for several years for a general contractor in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Peter Blenker, along with his wife Pamela Jewell decided to venture out on their own and start a new company located in Amherst, Wisconsin. In 1974, Peter and Pamela started Blenker Construction Inc., a contractor doing mostly remodeling and additions. After several long hard years, business began picking up and Peter hired on a few more people to help complete projects more efficiently. Peter would run the jobs and Pamela would take care of the book work and eventually some of the design work, as well as trying to raise three rambunctious young boys.
In the early ’80s, he turned to new construction including residential and light commercial properties. Peter and Pamela began building an excellent reputation in the central Wisconsin area and were well-known for their craftsmanship, award-winning designs and custom details.
The ’90s brought about a little more change and ingenuity when they brought the wall and floor panel production on line for the custom homes they built. This was the first step in the transition to manufacturing homes in a more controlled, safe and consistent manner. In 1999, Jason Blenker returned to work after completing school and a stint working for a national production homebuilder in Virginia, to evolve the manufacturing side of the business.
In 2004, the companies were re-organized: a parent company, Blenker Companies Inc.; and 5 subsidiary companies, all acting independently.
Blenker Construction Inc. continues to build award-winning custom homes and light commercial projects, completing eight to 12 homes annually.
Blenker Building Systems Inc. offers value driven wood framed building solutions to builders throughout the upper Midwest. As a manufacturer of panelized floors, walls and trusses, it simplifies the building process and allow its builder partners to meet the increasing market demands through reduced construction costs and time.
Our House Ltd. was formed to handle transporting goods for Blenker Building Systems Inc. as well as contract hauling for other businesses.
Blenker Developments Inc. was also created as a land-holding and development portion of the business.
Envision. Home at Last. is comprised of premier builder partners located throughout the Midwest, which utilize state-of-the-art sales, design and construction tools that assist homeowners with building the custom home of their dreams. Its builders are located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, upper Michigan and Wisconsin.
All of these businesses serve different client needs, and strive to stay ahead of the times, and keep customer loyalty and dedication.