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After Fire Destroys Family Manufacturing Business, The Hamstra Group Tapped to Build New Steel Structure

It’s the nightmare that haunts many business owners. One day everything is just fine, the next something horrifying occurs that requires all their stamina to endure. That’s what happened to Watt Trucking, Inc., a Kentland, Indiana, family-owned and operated business. The company’s facilities were destroyed by fire in February 2013. Now, the business has a new home built by The Hamstra Group…



Winter 2015 Newsletter

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Fresh Food at Farmhouse Came After Frozen Fingers

None of the visitors to Fair Oaks Farms could imagine that the warm, cozy, exquisitely designed Farmhouse Restaurant they’re dining in came by dint of extraordinary effort. But that’s the way it happened. The recent winter in northwest Indiana hobbled many a project, leading to missed deadlines and cost overruns. So many way-below-zero days that crews could not work. So much ice and snow and freezing weather that schools in the region logged more non-school days than anytime in history. But The Hamstra Group pledged the Farmhouse Restaurant, a new attraction at the popular Fair Oaks working farm, dairy house and tourist attraction par excellence, would open as planned and on time…



Fall 2014 Newsletter

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Hamstra Group Works With Wise Guys To Remodel Award-Winning Retail Store

World class wines, craft brews—they’re all the rage these days. That’s something Wise Guys Discount Liquors will profit from now that its new, larger store is open in Hobart, Indiana. The Hamstra Group was put in charge of the extensive remodel of an existing 16,000-square-foot shopping center space on a major regional commercial artery….



Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Remodeling To Bank On

Remodeling a bank is one of those projects that requires flawless staging. That’s what the outstanding team of Lafayette Bank & Trust, Schwarz Associates-Architects, and The Hamstra Group has achieved on more than one recent rehabilitation challenge.
Recently completed is a total remodeling of Lafayette Bank’s Elston branch. This project called for installation of a new truss roof system with architectural shingles, a new fascia system, and demolition of existing windows and replacement with new, larger windows. In addition…



Winter 2011 Newsletter

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Protestant Reformed Church Gets Heavenly Help From The Hamstra Group

At The Hamstra Group, helping churches build new homes has become an important facet of the company’s services. With expertise gleaned through years of working with congregations in the Midwest, the company is able to expeditiously design and build attractive and efficient facilities.

Finishing touches are now complete for just such a client—the Protestant Reformed Church (PRC)—with whom The Hamstra Group has worked on several projects. The new church, located in Crete, Ill., opened this summer…

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

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Hamstra Group Building Florida VA Clinic

One of The Hamstra Group’s construction sites is a very busy place this summer. The finishing touches are being performed on a brand new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic so this larger, more modern facility can open this year. The clinic, located in The Villages, Florida (approximately midway between Ocala and Orlando), is a 92,500-square-foot, single-story building designed by KP Studio Architect (www.kpstudioarchitect.com). The Hamstra Group is in charge of construction, with Eric Carlson serving as the firm’s project manager….

See the final product!



Summer 2010 Newsletter

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St. Anthony's Medical Center First Commercial Project For Park Centre

As the first facility to be located in the Park Centre project in DeMotte, Indiana, St. Anthony Medical Center’s new medical office building will set the tone for future development. Brick and stone- traditional and timeless materials- reflect solidity, and the building’s gabled roof forms articulate scale and make reference to the historically rural character of the community….

See the final product!



Spring 2010 Newsletter

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Hamstra Group Turns The Page On Two Library Projects

For the staff at The Hamstra Group, libraries are special projects. There is nothing more pivotal in a community than the local public library. Over the past decade, the company has worked on more than a dozen new library and library rehabilitation/addition projects, many of them enhancements to historic Carnegie-financed structures built in the early 1900s….

See Kentland Public Library Project Information

See La Crosse Public Library Project Information



Winter 2010 Newsletter

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A Blizzard Of Work For Dairy Queen

The Hamstra Group has been doing a blizzard of work for Dairy Queen. The projects come with many perks: building for a popular and growing company, working with devoted and energetic store owners, and-best of all-an ice cream treat when a project’s done. Hamstra’s Dairy Queen days started with a store remodel for Ted and Marybeth Vinyard, who chose the company to upgrade their restaurant to the new “Grill and Chill” concept….

See DQ Grill & Chill of DeMotte

See DQ Grill & Chill of Chesterton

See DQ Grill & Chill of Lowell



Winter 2009 Newsletter

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A Park With Pizzazz

Spencer Park has long been a focal point for the citizens of DeMotte, Indiana. The park, which features a community swimming pool, ball fields, a playground and other amenities, will be an even bigger attraction when the Town of DeMotte and The Hamstra Group complete the attractive new plan for its redevelopment. The Hamstra Group will donate much of the infrastructure the park will need…



Fall 2009 Newsletter