Company History

What started on the east side of Des Moines, Iowa, as a small plumbing contractor has now grown to be one of the Midwest’s largest full-service specialty contractors. With four locations across Iowa, Baker Group is known for expert solutions in the design, installation and servicing of commercial, industrial and institutional building systems.

Founded in 1963 by Bernard “Bernie” Baker, Jr., Baker Group is now comprised of more than 1,100 employees who are professional, experienced and dedicated to ensuring our clients can always Expect the Best®.



Baker Plumbing and Heating Founded by Bernard “Bernie” Baker Jr.

Featured Projects

  • River Hills Apartments
  • Country Club Village
  • Fleur Drive Apartments
  • Grubb Apartments
  • 36th and Grand Apartments


Corporate Name Changed to: Baker Mechanical, Inc.

Featured Projects

  • Firestone Agricultural Tire Plant
  • Boiler Replacement — Iowa State Capitol Building
  • Maytag "Paint Line"
  • Ruan Center
  • ISU Physical Plant (7 Projects)


Bernard "Bernie" Baker Jr. Retired. Bernard "BJ" Baker III takes on President role.


Automation Business Unit added.


Service Business Unit added.

Featured Projects

  • ISU Physical Plant (7 Projects)
  • Polk County Jail
  • Polk County Convention Complex
  • Maintenance work for John Deere
  • Three Fountains Office Park
  • Des Moines Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Aurora Business Park
  • Farm Bureau East/West/Atrium Addition


Sheet Metal Business Unit added.


  • Name Changed to Baker Group.
  • Baker Group Moves Into New Facility.
  • Security Business added.

Featured Projects

  • Tone Brothers Spices
  • Des Moines Water Works Westside Pumping Station
  • Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • EMC Expansion
  • ING (Equitable) Building
  • Betts Auto Campus
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International Reid "E" Laboratory
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International Research Greenhouses
  • Des Moines Register Remote Printing Facility
  • Iowa State University Security Work


Expansion of Sheet Metal Capabilities with CAM 20’ Plasma Table.


  • Added CAM Coil-Line Duct Machine to Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop.
  • Added Fire Alarm System Skills.


  • Bernard "BJ" Baker III promoted to Chairman & CEO
  • Gary Bridgewater promoted to President


Added Second Des Moines Location.


Added RAS TURBObend Plus

Featured Projects

  • Iowa State University Security Work
  • Iowa Clinic West Lakes Campus
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • Wolf Eye Clinic
  • Iowa Heart Center
  • Wells Fargo West Des Moines Campus
  • Allied Insurance
  • Grinnell Noyce Science Center
2010 – 2019


Opened Offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Quad Cities.



Moved Quad Cities Office to Larger Facility


Electrical Business Unit added

Featured Projects

  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Mercy West Lakes Hospital
  • American Enterprise Group - AEG
  • Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Wells Fargo West Des Moines Campus Expansion
  • Krause Gateway Center
  • Principal Financial Group Master Plan
  • Quad City International Airport
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse


Baker Group Employe Stock Ownership Plan Established.

2020 - Present


Industrial Business Unit Added


ABC merger with Baker Group


BJ Baker III became Chairman of the Board, Gary Bridgewater promoted to CEO and Doug Kumm Promoted to President


Opened office in Kansas City, Missouri


MODBack Utility Solutions Patent

Featured Projects

  • Federal Courthouse, Des Moines
  • Des Moines University Campus
  • Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • BAE Systems
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Multiple Data Center Projects
  • Zinpro Industrial Process Projects
The Future

The strongest indicator of future performance is always past accomplishment. Over the years Baker Group has grown by responding to the evolving needs of Clients, and developing needed expertise. Becoming the very best is never easy, but it has always been Baker Group’s commitment. In fact, "Expect the Best" is, and will continue to be, Baker Group’s clear message to Clients.

Baker Group also strongly believes living their Cultural Values has served Clients well in the past, and will continue to serve Clients in the future. Every day Baker Group focuses on these fundamental Cultural Values to guide decisions that impact both clients and team members:

  • Absolute Reliability
  • Optimistic Leadership
  • "Can-do" Attitude
  • Collaborative Unity
  • Personal Development
  • Uncompromising Safety
  • Sustainable Profitability
  • Innovative Expertise
  • Entrepreneurial Dedication
  • Client Advocacy
  • Long-Term Relationships

The future of Baker Group will certainly include new services and delivery techniques that progress with our Client needs. At Baker Group, it will always be about developing value based, long-term relationships with our Clients and responding to their evolving needs.

May Baker Group be part of your future?