Niehaus Plastering Company became Niehaus Interiors in the 1960s, a name change that coincided with the product change from plaster walls to more consistent and simpler-to-install drywall sheets.
Under the direction of the second-generation owner, Jack Whittle built the interior finish division by developing relationships with owners and providing a comprehensive build out of the interior. Through the use of movable partitions and turn-key door and hardware packages, Niehaus quickly gained a foothold on the interior market.
By the mid 1970’s, St. Louis owners were heavily pushing for taller, bigger buildings to accommodate the rise in overall business expansions. Jack brought on more staff in 1978, who continued to build the interior wing of Niehaus through the next three decades.
Together, Jack and his team helped push Niehaus to be a leader in the construction industry. While some of those proteges eventually left to make their own way in the market, Niehaus continued to ebb and flow with the interiors industry in the St. Louis region, expanding into a comprehensive General Contractor that aimed at providing a level of service that was unmatched by the competitors. Niehaus rose to an industry leader through its proven reputation of providing sophisticated interior build outs, full building renovations, general building maintenance, and the industry staples of metal framing and drywall.
In 2014, Jake Whittle took over the company from his father, Jack, continuing to build upon what his grandfather, Robert (Bob) Whittle, initially envisioned: a company that keeps up with emerging trends, makes clients happy, and stays flexible in all situations. As Bob Whittle said himself back in 1960s: “If the owner wants something built, then I’ll build it. Yes, I’m a plasterer, but I’m more than that. I’m a builder.”
This longstanding legacy and the future growth of the company lies with Bob’s grandson, Jake Whittle, and his team, as the building industry continues to evolve and advance, proving that at Niehaus Building Services, building never gets old.