Our Story

Over 70 years serving you

 

Parkway is a 140-person team of electricians, technicians, engineers, estimators, project managers, warehouse staff, operations managers, CAD designers, panel shop builders, and office staff. We specialize in power, communications, controls, and audio visuals. We provide the comprehensive services that general contractors prefer. In all three of our specialty areas, we offer a full range of services from design and build to repair and maintenance. Our primary goal as a company is to foster long-term relationships built on strong work and trust.

Beginning in 1945

Parkway started in 1945 when power plant operator Elton Achterhof started wiring local homes and business. By 1958, Achterhof had partnered with Casey Oonk and had eight employees and a thriving business. To keep customers satisfied, Achterhof and Oonk insisted on an educated workforce. They encouraged employees to attend seminars and classes – many of them held at Parkway. They also insisted on strenuous apprenticeships. Their high standards paid off. By 2001, the Parkway team had grown to over 100 people. In 2002, Parkway strengthened its position in the market further by becoming a part of the Huizenga Group. Today, Parkway enjoys a reputation as one of West Michigan’s strongest electrical companies.

Beginning in 1979

ASCOM was formed in September 1979 when co-founders Fred Billin and Melvin Wierenga purchased the commercial audio division from their employer, Audio Distributors of Grand Rapids, MI. It quickly grew into the number one audio contracting company in West Michigan. From telephone systems to stadium sound systems, they provided communications services of all types to West Michigan’s premiere businesses and facilities. Their success was directly related to providing quality customer response and lifetime care. With an average employee retention of 25 years, the core of the company and its values were carried into every project.

A new division, Hearing Loop Systems (HLS), began in 2008 to meet the rapidly growing market of inductive loop hearing assistance systems in the United States. HLS rapidly became the largest loop systems installer in the country and is still leading the way for the more than 36 million (and growing) people that suffer from hearing loss.

In May of 2010, ASCOM was purchased by the Huizenga Group and joined Parkway Electric and Communications in the HG family of companies. The ASCOM and Parkway Communications partnership has created the most experienced, diversified, and largest Michigan-based communications companies.

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