The history of Holland, MI is one of industry, perseverance, and hope. What began as a small settlement hacked out of the swamps and forests on the western side of Michigan has grown into a vibrant and inviting town. Throughout Holland’s history, almost two centuries of inhabitants have given shape to a town defined by their industry and hard work. The manufacturing legacy in Holland, Michigan is deep and rich, especially with regards to the many furniture makers that found success in the 19th and 20th centuries. Buis Mattress is proud to carry on this legacy with mattresses manufactured on site and sold directly to consumers.
Holland was founded by a group of about 60 Dutch settlers led by Albertus C. VanRaalte. Originally bound for Wisconsin, the group was persuaded to stay on the shores of Lake Michigan by the abundant timber that would become the foundation for the town’s economy. The settlers themselves dug a channel connecting the town with the lake, opening up Holland to the vast trade networks of the New World’s inland waterways.
The Furniture Boom
By the late 19th century, a number of furniture manufacturers had sprung up along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. In Holland, dozens of furniture makers vied for the business of a nation settling into itself. Cabinets, beds, couches, tables, and every other item was manufactured in or around Holland, often made from the wood that surrounded the town. Today, companies like Haworth and Herman-Miller continue to make the region a driving force in the global furniture industry.
Despite the growth of Holland as a tourism and retirement hot spot in recent decades, the manufacturing legacy remains strong. Buis Mattress is writing the next chapter with our bench-made mattresses. People love our products, and we’re sure you will too. Check out our full line of mattresses or inquire about a custom mattress to suit any space. Like other American businesses that have called Holland home, we work hard so you can rest easy.