Kuiken Brothers Company Inc.
A commitment to integrity, honesty, hard work, and community service has guided Kuiken Brothers Company Inc. throughout its 102-year history. Reaffirming that commitment on a daily basis enabled two brothers from Holland to establish a small local construction company that would flourish and grow to become one of the most respected businesses in the New York metropolitan area. Today – four generations later – Kuiken Brothers Company Inc. operates nine locations and employs a work force of more than 250 people. The company has played a key role in New Jersey’s history through building, commerce, philanthropy, good citizenship, and environmental-consciousness.
The Kuiken family migrated from Holland to New Jersey in waves in the late 1900th Century. They settled in the Dutch community of Riverside in Paterson, where the Kuiken men worked in the dye shops. In 1912, Henry A. and Nicholas R. Kuiken established Kuiken Brothers Construction Company across the river from Paterson in what is now Fair Lawn. They were later joined in the business by their brother Dirk and their cousin Richard R. Kuiken Sr. The company built so many of the houses that would make up Fair Lawn that one town historian proclaimed that Kuiken Brothers “might be proclaimed the pioneer builders of the borough.” As the construction market changed, however, the Kuikens segued from builders to hardware and lumber purveyors.
From the early days, the Kuikens were dedicated to “doing things right” – in business and in its responsibility to the community. Several Kuikens served as volunteer firemen. Nicholas served as mayor of Fair Lawn for two terms and as a Bergen Country Freeholder.
A wide range of charities and organizations benefitted from the business’ philanthropic focus. Today, Kuiken Brothers Company Inc. remains an active supporter of numerous volunteer groups and non-profit associations, including Christian Health Care Center, Eastern Christian High School, Toys for Tots, and Habitat for Humanity (H4H). The company supplied building materials for the first Paterson H4H house 30 years ago. Kuiken Brother ongoing dedication to H4H was recognized when the Paterson chapter presented the company with its Community Champion Award in 2007 and the Millard Fuller Award in 2013. In recognition of Kuiken Brother’s 100th anniversary, 45 employees volunteered 360 hours on a construction project in Paterson.
Kuiken Brothers, whose materials have been used in several large construction projects at Christian Health Care Center, focused on community housing of a different nature following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Staff at all locations worked quickly and efficiently to get Kuiken stores and services functioning so that emergency supplies could be delivered throughout the region. The company did not limit its delivery radius. The standard response to inquiries as to how far trucks would travel was “you tell us where you are, and we’ll get you the materials.” Following the devastating storm, Kuiken Brothers trucks rolled along the Jersey Shore and throughout the five boroughs of Manhattan.
Today, Douglas R. Kuiken serves as the company’s president, a position he has held since 2002. He guides the organization by reinforcing the values of Kuiken generations before him: work hard, deal fairly, support the community, and treat one another with dignity and respect.