Diamond B Constructors celebrates 100th anniversary

The Bellingham Business Journal

Diamond B Constructors has come a long way from selling wood scraps for home heating and cooking. But perhaps that’s not surprising, given that the roots of the Bellingham company date back to 1909. Diamond B Constructors is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The company employs approximately 250 people year-round, although that number may periodically spike due to specific projects. Located near Bellingham International Airport, the Diamond B Constructors complex includes a 15,000-square-foot building for structural and HVAC fabrication and a 12,000-square-foot facility for pipe fabrication. Diamond B typically completes about 150 projects per year.

Diamond B started in what is now the 1900 block of Franklin Street as the fuel department of Bloedel Donovan Lumber Co. Scraps from its mill were delivered to local residences in horse-drawn wagons for cooking and heating. The company name that was adopted in 1943 dates back to its origins, when the Bloedel Donovan lumber brand was a “B” inside a diamond.

The company evolved with time. The fuel it sold changed to coal, then oil. Diamond B then started installing heating equipment and soon developed into a complete plumbing and heating company serving homes, schools and public buildings. The projects grew more complex and Diamond B began focusing on the commercial and industrial construction industry.

Four generations of the Johansen family have contributed to the leadership of Diamond B. Paul H. Johansen started with the company in 1925 and became a co-owner of Diamond B Fuel. Paul A. Johansen launched the piping side of the business upon returning from active military duty in 1946. The current president and owner, Paul S. Johansen, joined Diamond B in 1962. Steve Johansen began working for the company in 1992 and is now a member of its management team.

For more information about Diamond B Constructors, please visit www.dbnw.com.

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