Timeline

Timeline

1959
May 29

1959: Chip’s Topsoil & Grading

1959: Chip’s Topsoil & Grading
Chip’s Topsoil & Grading business established.  
1960
May 29

1960: Diversified business

1960: Diversified business
Diversified business beyond grading: built first spec home; started building and owning post office buildings and leased to the government; started Falls Lawn & Garden Center.  
1963
October 29

1963: Sold Falls Lawn

Sold Falls Lawn & Garden Center; expanded Chip’s Topsoil & Grading Inc. to become one the largest residential grading businesses in 4 county area.
1966
January 1

1966

1966
First rental property purchased
1970
July 29

1970: Expanded into building

1970: Expanded into building
Expanded into building and development operations; started with home building and general contracting for Industrial building, purchased vacant land and apartment buildings to expand this portfolio.
1971
October 1

1971: Started

1971: Started
Started Steady yearly increase in home building activity under JBJ Construction, Inc. for a solid decade. Built 60-120 custom homes per year.
1972
February 5

1972: Expansion

1972: Expansion
Expanded apartment building portfolio; started building apartments, retaining ownership, managing and leasing.
1976
January 1

1976: Commercial Leasing

1976: Commercial Leasing
The beginning of Commercial Leasing. Purchased the former Robert Hall Clothing Store (Appleton Ave & Hwy Q) remodeled into office and retailing including a new office for JBJ Construction, Inc.. Building underwent 3 expansions over the next 10 years, which involved acquiring adjacent property to expand the footprint of the building.
August 12

1976

Sold Chip’s Topsoil and Grading
September 1

1976

1976
Jerome “Chip” Bence co-chairman of Parade of Homes.
1978
October 24

1978-86: Recession

Recession and high interest rates forced a new shift in business focus.
1982
August 3

1982: Newspaper Photo & Caption

1982: Newspaper Photo & Caption
1987
March 31

1987 – Diversifying

1987 – Diversifying
Driven by recession, J.B.J. Construction started diversifying beyond home building, shifting focus to residential subdivision development and increased apartment building activity. The completion of their first large subdivision, Hunter’s Ridge in Menomonee Falls, signaled the shift from “just a builder” to developer.
1992
January 1

1992

After Desert Storm, did general contracting for army renovation work at Camp Douglas and Camp McCoy.
January 15

1992: The next generation

1992: The next generation
The next generation takes over: Brian Bence, Theresa Weitermann and Scott Bence become full owners.
January 31

1992-1998

1992-1998
Commercial development expands and grows, with 5 office buildings completed, multi-tenant building, along with general contracting with municipalities and local banks. Residential subdivision development grows with the development of over 600 residential lots.
1999
March 2

1999 – 2005

1999 – 2005
Residential Development boom: 10 subdivisions developed in 5 separate communities within Dodge, Waukesha and Washington Counties.
2000
September 21

2000: Name change

2000: Name change
Name change/ re-branding: JBJ Companies, Inc.; 4 divisions created – JBJ Construction, JBJ Custom Homes, JBJ Development, and JBJ Properties; re-located to the current location at Fountain Square.
2001
October 7

2001: Hosted Parade

2001: Hosted Parade
Hosted Parade of Homes at Windemere in Richfield. Began expansion into condominium development. Converted former office of JBJ Construction, Inc. (Appleton Ave. and Hwy Q) into first retail commercial space.
2009
August 1

2009-2018

2009-2018
Expanded into Senior Care Market, building first senior care facility, owning and managing the property. To date, over 100 units of senior living space (including apartments) have been developed.
2018
May 30

2018 (present)

2018 (present)
Current Portfolio/Activity: Own and manage 100 units of senior living, over 400 apartment units, with many more to be added in 2018-2019. Expecting to exceed over 700 apartment units by 2020. Currently own and manage over 100,000 sq ft of office & retail space. JBJ Custom Homes builds 3-5 custom homes/models yearly. JBJ Development continuing to build and sell condominium units.