A legacy built on excellence.
For over 75 years, our family has been committed to quality craftmanship.
We ensure that the finished product is as functional and watertight as it is beautiful. Founded by Gerrit Buist in 1947, Buist Sheet Metal has built a reputation for quality work.
Over the decades, we have remained rooted in tried and true construction methods that execute exceptional building designs at the highest level. We’ve fabricated and installed roofing and wall cladding systems on some of West Michigan’s most iconic structures.
Who We Are
Values matter to us. At Buist Sheet Metal, we believe that true excellence can only be achieved through the balance of experience and perfection in architectural artistry. We achieve that balance by staying true to who we are, craftsmen who value integrity in our business and construction practices.
We value conscientious workmanship, safety, honesty, integrity, and faith.
To provide West Michigan with high quality craftsmanship, creating specialty architectural sheet metal work through dedication to the trade.
We build lasting relationships of mutual respect, based on trust and open lines of communication.
Rooted in Metal Roofing
When you know where you come from, you know who you are and where you’re headed. At Buist Sheet Metal, we believe the best way to secure our legacy is to be good stewards of our past—the foundation of everything we do.
1947 - 19471947
Buist Sheet Metal Company was founded by the late Gerrit Buist in 1947. Gerrit had worked in sheet metal for many years when he decided to start his own business out of his garage. His first job was to remove the slate roof from a soon-to-be demolished building on Calvin College’s Franklin Campus. He then installed a new slate roof, built-in copper gutters, and copper flashings on Calvin’s new science building.
1950 - 19501950
In 1950, Gerrit and his sons, Don and Dale, built a small shop on Myrtle Street on the northwest side of Grand Rapids and moved the growing business out of Gerrit’s garage.
1956 - 19561956
Gerrit passes away, leaving Don and Dale to take over the business. One of the last projects completed prior to Gerrit’s death was installing a clay tile roof with copper gutters and flashings on St. John’s United Church of Christ’s new building on Bridge Street.
1961 - 19611961
Buist Sheet Metal’s reputation for quality workmanship has spread and the two brothers continue to work on many churches, schools, and homes. In 1961, they installed a slate roof with lead coated copper built-in gutters and flashings on Mayflower Congregational Church.
1975 - 19751975
Don’s son Jim joins the family business full time after graduating from Calvin University, having already worked summers in the business since the late 1960s. A notable project from the 1970s was the standing seam roof on the Independent Bank in Belding.
1980 - 19801980
Buist Sheet Metal moves their headquarters to the current location on Webster Street on Grand Rapids’ west side. With a larger shop, the company expanded its operations to include computerized press brakes and roll forming equipment.
1986 - 19861986
Buist Sheet Metal wins an Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter for work on Evergreen Commons, the first of over 30 EIC Awards to date recognizing quality workmanship.
1997 - 19971997
1999 - 19991999
2005 - 20052005
Jim’s son, Don, graduated from Calvin University and joins the company full time. A highlight project from this summer is the steeple restoration on St. Patrick Catholic Church in Parnell, a 2006 Excellence in Construction Award winner.
2013 - 20132013
Buist Sheet Metal wins an Excellence in Construction award for their copper masterpiece, The Dunes at Lake Michigan.
2022 - 20222022
Buist Sheet Metal celebrates 75 years! Today, Don Buist runs the day to day operations, representing the fourth generation of family leadership. With a dedicated team of craftsmen, Buist Sheet Metal is poised to grow its legacy of conscientious workmanship, embracing innovation while staying true to the principles that have guided our success.