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Clark Foundation: A Good Job Gets Rewarded

Tuesday, September 5, 2017  
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In 1955, Delta Township resident Larry Clark started his business with a pickup truck, a wheelbarrow and a couple of two-by-fours. With his pioneering spirit and dedication to quality, Clark Foundation went on to help transform the Lansing-area and contribute significantly to the concrete industry.

“Our family of companies has been involved in numerous residential, commercial, industrial and retail construction projects throughout Central Michigan. We offer extensive experience in site development, underground utilities, concrete foundations, flatwork and tilt-up concrete buildings,” said Clark. “Our broad experience in the construction industry enables us to offer you a diversity of quality services with the best materials available. We have an excellent reputation for meeting difficult construction schedules on time and under budget.”

Family-owned and operated for more than 60 years, today The Clark Companies include Clark Foundation Co., L.D. Clark Excavating Co. and L. D. Clark Building Co. According to Clark, the company’s success is a byproduct of its reputation among builders, inspectors, customers and engineers.

“Word-of-mouth is the best advertising,” said Clark. “We give our clients what they want — personal relationships with clients is the best aspect of our business.”

In 1965, Clark incorporated his business, specializing in residential and commercial poured walls and flatwork. His commitment to efficient customer service led him to expand into residential and commercial excavation, site development, and water and sewer services with L.D. Clark Excavating. His high-quality work popularized poured-wall foundations in Lansing so much that, by the early 1990s, nearly 90 percent of projects used poured foundations.

Clark also established the L.D. Clark Building Company, introducing tilt-up construction to the mid-Michigan market. The Clark Companies proceeded to build a series of facilities that substantially contributed to the quality of life and economy of the Lansing area, with such projects as Fabiano Brothers Distributing, Glastender Manufacturing’s world headquarters, NCG Cinema, The Summit, Cricket’s Home Furnishings and the YMCA.

Clark is a highly regarded member of the Lansing community and is known for his service as co-founder and past president of the Concrete Foundation Association, co-founder of Builders Redi Mix, a charter member and past president of the Tilt-up Concrete Association, a charter member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing, a charter member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, member of Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation, and a member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Recognized nationally for his industry innovations, he has received numerous awards including the Murray Parker Memorial Award, the Tilt-up Achievement Award, and eight separate Building of the Year awards, as well as special recognition from Dow Chemical, Owens Corning and Con Steel.

Clark has also received countless honors for his service to his community, including a special tribute from Eaton County State Representative Frank Fitzgerald and Michigan Governor John Engler, for his outstanding contributions to the Lansing area, and recognition in Delta Magazine and the 2002 Delta Township Businessperson of the Year Award as well as being inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame in 2012.

After more than 60 years of business, it’s remarkable to see how far Clark has been able to sustain and develop his company. What began as a company focused on concrete has grown into a company with three separate divisions, each with its own specialty and area of expertise. Clark has grown his business and educated his children with incredible success, ensuring The Clark Companies continues to grow and succeed for many years to come.

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