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Baker Interior Systems: Leveraging the Union to Build Business

About Baker Interiors Systems

Will Baker, owner and founder of Baker Interior Systems in Des Moines knows what being Union is all about. He started his career in construction the day he graduated high school as a drywall carpenter with a Union Interior Systems contractor. At 21, he moved to the company’s office, working as a project manager and estimator.

Will continued to work there until 2014 when he left and began his own interior systems construction company – Baker Interior Systems. The company started small. The first two bids he won, he did the work completely himself. Even 6 months in, he had just four employees. As work in the Des Moines-area started to grow, Will knew he needed more manpower and as a former Union member, knew where to find it.

Benefit of working with the Union

Will chose to sign with the Carpenters because he wanted to ensure that anyone working for him is able to make a living wage.

“I wanted to make sure my employees were able to support their families and know they don’t have to worry about retiring with benefits. I know the Union provides those things and I knew that was the route I wanted to go.”

To date, Baker Interior Systems employs approximately 50 Union Carpenters and works on projects all over the Des Moines-area. Recent projects include the drywall in the new main entrance and entrance canopy at Methodist Hospital and the interiors of the recently renovated Clemens Building in Downtown Des Moines.

Brian Ewing, Director for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, knows that Baker Interior Systems is the real deal when it comes to Union contractors. “Will has been a great partner with us. He understands the value of training and professionalism the union carpenters add. He has built a great clientele by the services he produces and has become a destination company for craftsmen by treating them exceptionally well.”

“I wanted to make sure my employees were able to support their families and know they don’t have to worry about retiring with benefits. I know theUnion provides those things and I knew that was the route I wanted to go.”

Will Baker, Owner and Founder
Baker Interior Systems