Company Experience

Having built thousands of homes over its 50 years of existence, DeShano Companies, Inc. (DCI) continues to produce one of the most energy efficient and affordable housing products on the market.  As a design-builder, DCI assists customers every step of the way, from design and financing, all the way to project completion and warranty follow up.  DCI has extensive experience building homes ranging in size from modest 2-bedroom, 1-bath ranches, all the way up to 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom estates.  DCI has also completed over 50 apartment complexes, over 50 office buildings, almost 40 senior living communities, and countless other commercial projects such as retail stores, mini-malls, rehabilitation centers, gas stations, car washes, fertilizer buildings, mini-storage complexes, and pole buildings.  This vast amount of experience gives DCI the edge in designing and executing modern residential and light commercial projects in the central and northern Michigan area.  Also, DeShano Companies, Inc. and King Lumber & Supply share owners.  This gives DCI the unique ability to leverage pricing not only from the construction management and labor aspects but from the materials side as well.

 

Company History

Since 1966, the DeShano family has been building quality housing for Michigan’s working class.  With little prior building experience, Gary DeShano built the company’s first house himself – on only two hours of sleep a night!  Shortly after completing that first home, DeShano Construction Company was incorporated and the first office opened in Bay City, Michigan.  A few years later in 1972, Gary turned his attention to factory-built housing and built a modular home plant on Fraser road in Bay City.  Gary later sold the plant to General Housing and returned his focus to site-built homes, moving the office to Gladwin in 1978.  Over the next several decades, Gary grew the company’s sales to over 80 homes a year by finding a niche in the starter home market.  Through the use of optimum value engineering and berm foundations, Gary was able to provide a quality but affordable product to satisfy the needs of countless growing families.  And while the demands of today’s market are different, we still incorporate that legacy of value engineering through the use of things like foam sheathing and permanent wood foundations.  Gary’s wife Florence retired from the company in 1996, while Gary, along with their two sons Scott and Chad, continued to grow the business.  In 2007, Chad purchased the company, incorporating under the name DeShano Companies Inc (DCI). Gary continued to stay busy with property management and development until his passing in 2022. With Chad's continued guidance and leadership, the future is looking bright as a third generation is already making an impact on the DeShano family of companies.

 

The DeShano Family of Companies