John Nieminen

Cooks Run Cedar was founded by Carl and John Nieminen in 1985 as a custom cutting business. In 1987 we started building homes, and to date have built 75+ homes and countless other projects. Carl passed away in 1998 and John continued to run the business as owner and president until November 2018 when Nick Bjorkman took ownership.

John will stay on as chief operating officer of Cooks Run Cedar and remain active in all aspects of the business.

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Great Home Building Experience.

We selected Cooks Run Cedar to be our builder for a new home on 2nd Fortune Lake and we are very pleased with the process and the results. From the very beginning John Nieminen and his crew were very responsive and hands-on. John spent a lot of time with us customizing the house plan and helping us select materials and finishes. He offered a number of cost-saving design ideas and was very open to our own ideas and wishes. Though Cooks Run is technically not the General, John did arrange for all the Subs, secured their bids, and scheduled their time.

We broke ground in October 2015 and finished June 2016 – on time and more importantly on budget. We were fortunate to be on sight for much of the building process but we did not have to be as John and his team saw to everything. The lead carpenter for Cooks Run was Nick Bjorkman and we found him great to work with as well. Nick was on the project everyday and we built a great relationship with him. He kept us informed of everything that was happening and expertly dealt with any issues that came up. We were very impressed with Nick’s work ethic and range of talent as a carpenter and project manager. He and his crew did everything from the framing, roofing and siding to the wood flooring and finish carpentry.

We are very pleased with and proud of our new home and highly recommend Cooks Run Cedar.

Mark and Maureen Bromley

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Nick Bjorkman

Born and raised in Iron River Michigan, graduating from West Iron County High in 2010. While at West Iron he was a 3 year stand out student in the building trades program. He continued his construction training at Gobebic Community College graduating in 2012. Throughout the school and college Nick worked for Swenski Construction. In 2013 Swenski Construction joined forces with Cooks Run Cedar. For the past 4 years Nick has been construction foreman for Cooks Run Cedar, handling the day to day onsite construction details. Nick is dedicated to the Cooks Run Cedar tradition of quality construction and customer satisfaction.

Nick is currently licensed in Michigan and Wisconsin. Cooks Run Cedar, Inc is proud to have craftsmen and employees to provide quality materials and service.

See one of our homes in Timber Home Magazine!


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