In 2020, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and we are very excited to partner with Best Block!
Together, we are totaling 100 years of business and community support.
Through this partnership, Best Block is matching dollar for dollar up to $50,000! That means a $25 donation today is actually $50 toward Habitat Oakland’s vision of a world where everyone has a safe place to call home.
Best Block has committed to help financially support a home build, have volunteer days for their employees and suppliers, and provide $50,000 worth of in-kind donations of labor and materials like bricks, pavers and stone vaneer at our build sites and our two Oakland County ReStores. Habitat for Humanity Oakland County would not be able to serve our partner families without financial and volunteer support from our community partners like Best Block.
To ensure your donation to Habitat Oakland is matched dollar for dollar through Best Block’s 75th Anniversary Campaign, indicate “Best Block 75th” under “would you like to donate this to a specific campaign?”
History of Best Block
Best Block’s story starts with Walter Pachota who made hand pressed concrete block units in a garage with his friends pre-WWII while raising a family. During the war, he had to work for the war effort and worked the line at Ford Motor Company. Shortly after the war, he incorporated the Best Block Company with some financial backing from his father, Andrew Pachota, and his father-in-law, Joseph Goszkowski. An existing block company, located in Livonia, Michigan was purchased, and the adventure began.
Over time, all three of Walter’s children worked in the family business. Oldest son, David, oversaw the manufacturing process, middle son, Bob, was the salesperson. Youngest son, Mike, managed a growing transit mix concrete operation. The company changed and evolved through the years, adding and closing locations as opportunities arose and conditions changed. In its history, Best Block and the Pachota family operated locations in Taylor, Brownstown Twp, Ypsilanti, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Canton, Warren, Pontiac, Muskegon and Detroit. In addition to block, the company added aggregates, clay brick, building supplies and landscape products to the product lineup.
Today, Walter’s grandson, Andrew Pachota, is the president of Best Block and ownership includes members of the fourth generation of the Pachota family. Best Block currently runs a two line operation at its main facility in Warren, MI with a brickyard and distribution facility in Detroit. As we enter this new decade, Best Block is proud of their heritage and excited to celebrate 75 years as a family business.