Blume Construction: About Us
BLUME CONSTRUCTION was founded during the Great Depression of the 1930′s by Sam E. Blume. Sam educated himself by taking International Correspondence School courses in Structural Engineering. His father and brother were craftsmen as his son and grandson would also become. His attention to detail and design ideas (arches-porches, etc.) converted many of the then Famers Savings and Loan repossessed homes into rentable and/or selling properties.
The Blume Family
BOB BLUME grew up in Peoria and began working for his father when he was 14 years old. Bob followed in his dad’s footsteps with a Chicago Technical College two year course in Architecture and Building Construction and Accounting in night school under the GI bill. After serving 4 years active duty (3 1/2 at sea or overseas) in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he joined his father full time, while at the same time serving 4 more years in the Naval Reserves. Bob has run the company since 1961 when his father, Sam, retired. Bob is responsible for the initiation of the popular “loft” design, many unique solar applications and the inventor of the hydro riser. Bob also holds several copyright designs.
BOB BLUME JR. began working part-time for Blume Construction when he was 14. ”Bobby” previously worked as a full-time trimmer and framer, but was promoted in 1999 to a supervisory role in the company and became a partner in 2003. You will see Bobby throughout the building process supervising the job and helping out with the final details and punch-list. Bobby also helps with the drafting and estimating and works closely with the customer and subcontractors during the building process.
NANCY BLUME-WATSON graduated from Illinois State University in 1983 and pursued a real estate career in Chicago. Nancy transferred back to Peoria in 1995 to open Bradley R.E. regional office. Nancy decided to join Blume Construction after the birth of her second child and became a partner of the company in 2003. Nancy is married to Mike Watson, who is product manager in Dealer Service Tools for Caterpillar, and they have seven children between them. Nancy handles the accounting, contacts, and website. She also helps homeowners with any questions during the building process.
KELLY BLUME-ALBRECHT graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1989 and pursued an advertising career in Chicago. Kelly married Jeff Albrecht and they have 2 children, Emily and Kate. Kelly came down to Peoria to help out with the 2006 Parade of Homes and realized that their family could have the American Dream and own an affordable home built by their own family in Central Illinois. In addition, she was moved by the amount of former customers who came through the Parade of Homes just to see and visit with her dad, Bob, and thought that Blume Construction would be a great place to work full-time. Kelly and her family relocated to Dunlap in the winter of 2006, where they built their dream home and joined Blume Construction. Kelly is one of the project managers and specializes in helping customers make material and allowance choices for their new home.