The History of Michael F. Simon Builders
The History of Michael F. Simon Builders is over a century in the making. In 1893, Michael Simon began constructing farm buildings for a dollar a day. By the turn of the century, he had diversified into the development and construction of residential and commercial projects in the Waunakee area. Some of his commercial buildings and homes remain in use today. Michael formed a partnership with his youngest son, Michael F. in 1937 called M. Simon and Son, and they went on to partner in the building of many fine homes. During the devastating depression they did small carpentry repair and maintenance jobs. Michael F. also worked in carpentry for a couple years at the Badger Ammunition Plant.
In 1952, Michael, the elder, retired the partnership was dissolved and Michael F. took over the business. He incorporated in 1960 under the name of Michael F. Simon Builders, Inc. which has remained the permanent corporate name. Michael F. went on to do considerable land development in Deforest, Westport, and Waunakee, along with the construction of many high quality homes. He believed strongly in training and establishing his own trade crews to require and control top quality procedures.
After moving into the management position of the company in 1967, Michael P. Simon, oldest son of Michael F. Simon, became president of the corporation in 1973. After spending the next several years running the framing crews, Michael F. retired in 1980. Michael P. continued with farm purchases and eventually, residential development of hundreds of building sites in Waunakee and Dane County. An in house sales staff was set up, along with new services of in house interior design and architectural design services. The company also developed and built the first of its kind multifamily housing project in Waunakee in 1971, followed by light commercial projects of an expanded nature from those of the original founder, Michael Simon.
With new design build services the corporation moved into the upper end residential market to supplement its’ mid-range product, and the company’s name remained synonymous with high quality top of the line residential construction. In 1978, new offices were built at 817 S. Division Street, Waunakee, providing space for sales and design staff along with product sample viewing displays, which were unique at the time. The company used “Builders, Designers, Developers” as its everyday slogan to supplement its team concept of company unity, modeled after winning sports teams. In 1997, Michael P. Simon turned the company over to his two younger brothers, Peter and Philip Simon. Michael appointed Philip who was the long-time estimator and management of the commercial construction division, President, with the charge to lead the company into the twenty-first century. After a couple years in marketing, sales, and consulting, Michael P. retired in 1999. Peter Simon, the second son of Michael F. Simon, was in charge of company drafting and design services in the early seventies until a full time design staff was implemented in the late seventies. He was also the team leader of the finishing crew during this time. Peter remained in charge of finishing crews and the follow-up service division, as he had done for over thirty years, until his retirement in 2003.
Phil has led the company for the past 17 years, is a third generation builder and is the first president of the company not named Michael. Growing up, Phil spent his summers working in the family business learning from the ground up. After graduation from college in 1980, Phil began working full time for the company and became the President in 1997. Phil is personally involved with each customer to insure the project is completed to the customer’s expectations.
Phil’s son Paul Simon, is the full-time estimator, vice president and the fourth generation of Simons involved with the business. Today, the entire Simon Builders team of experienced and dedicated employees maintains the same tradition of adaptability and diversity as they create structures in Madison and the surrounding communities that have style, beauty, quality, and value.
Committed to building energy-efficient homes, the company takes extra steps to meet the highest energy standards and to use materials that are healthier for the homeowners and the environment.