Established in 1920, the Hoge-Warren-Zimmermann Company (HWZ) began as a specialty subcontractor installing gypsum roof decks, a novel new fireproof method of building a roofing substrate. E. Clyde Hoge was co-founder and patent holder of this novel new method of construction.
Use of the gypsum roof deck grew steadily during the 1930s and 1940s, and the 1950s was marked by much innovation by the company’s design engineers who were on the cutting edge in new development.
In the following years, strategic acquisitions made the company even stronger. The acquisition of Busse Acoustical in 1968 eventually resulted in our Central Acoustical Supply House (C.A.S.H.) distribution division. Although C.A.S.H.‘s initial focus was on the acoustical market, product lines were broadened to include drywall and related products, insulations, EIFS systems and specialty products.
During the 1990s we enhanced our distribution business with strategic acquisitions that expanded our marketing area and product lines.
1996: A&I Supply of Warrenville, Ill.
1997: E.F. Wood Company of Chicago and Western Supply of Warrenville, Ill.
2000: Evansville Drywall Supply of Evansville, Ind., and Owensboro, Ky.
2001: Drywall and Building Supply of Kentucky
2005: United Building Supply in Cincinnati, Ohio
2006: Mid-America Supply in Merrillville, Ind.
As our distribution division grew, we also expanded our contracting operations with strategic acquisitions:
1998: Advanced Floor Systems of Georgia and Tennessee
1999: Farris Floor Systems of Florida
2000: Concut in Jacksonville, Fla.
In 2005, NexGen Enterprises, Inc., was established as the new parent company. With 15 branch locations in the Midwest, NexGen Enterprises enjoys success as one of the largest interior building products distributors in its markets. Following the seamless re-branding of our Ohio operations, it was decided in 2006 to re-brand all our operations, as NexGen Building Supply.
Bruce Kirchhofer and Rich Wolgemuth acquired the company from Robert and Richard Hoge on July 29, 2011.
In March of 2017 Rich Wolgemuth retired after 34 years of hard work and dedication. Bruce Kirchhofer has purchased Rich’s ownership interest in the company.
Despite acquisition changes over the years one constant remains the same: To deliver superior products with unparalleled customer support and service.