Back in 2003, four friends, Dave Brogan, Ross Grier, Tim Smith, and Brian Forth, with years of experience in building, woodworking and timber framing became interested in the idea of starting a worker’s cooperative. In 2004, that idea became Bellingham Bay Builders.

The four of us shared all the functions of running the business, made decisions democratically, and divided losses and profits according to the hours each worked. Founded as a timber framing contractor, Bellingham Bay Builders, was grounded in a centuries old tr