A Three Generation Family Heritage
Brian Slagter's grandfather, John Slagter, for many years was a general superintendent for VanderVeen Construction. When Brian's father completed four years in the Navy, he returned home to the company's first project, which was half completed. The year was 1955. Brian's grandfather and father worked side by side every day until later in the 1960's when John Slagter retired.
Initially the company built box culverts as a three-employee subcontractor for larger companies. With the advent of pre-fabricated culverts, Slagter built a few new bridges mostly in rural areas over small streams. Since 1972, the company began overlaying bridge decks with concrete or waterproof membranes.
In 1982, Slagter acquired Moored Construction, which specialized in guardrail installation. The company now focuses on every phase of bridge rehabilitation and guardrail installation and sales. Some notable projects where the rehabilitations were completed by Slagter include: Wealthy Street, Franklin Street, and Hall Street bridges over US 131 in Grand Rapids (1991), US 31 reconstruction in Muskegon (2000), and the I-496 reconstruction in Lansing (2001). The company has operated as dba Slagter Construction since 1999.