Edwardsville, IL-based Spencer Homes acquires Swansea, IL, Fulford Home Remodeling


Edwardsville-based home builder and construction company, Spencer Homes, LLC, has acquired Swansea-based Fulford Home Remodeling and Fulford Home HandyMan, according to an announcement on Wednesday.

“For several years, I have considered Mark Fulford [president and founder of Fulford Home Remodeling] a mentor as both a business professional and leader in the building industry for decades,” said Mike Rathgeb, founder of Spencer Homes. “The opportunity to continue his legacy and team up with this exceptional group is truly an honor.”

Spencer Homes will expand its staff to more than 20 experienced professionals with the addition of Fulford Home Remodeling, according to the release.

The office at 3318 N. Illinois St. in Swansea will remain open to customers. In early 2023, Spencer Homes will open a design-build studio in Glen Carbon at 6616 Center Grove Road.

“[Rathgeb] and I developed a great relationship over the last several years while participating on the board of the Home Builders & Remodelers Metro East Association,” Fulford stated in the release.

“I have watched his business grow, admired his innovative aging-in-place building practices and respected him as a business owner. Once we discussed his company values and how they aligned with Fulford Home Remodeling values, it was apparent Spencer Homes was the right company to continue servicing our loyal customers and leading our outstanding employees.”

Spencer Homes’ Custom Homes division will continue to focus on “building well-appointed new homes,” continued the release, while the Spencer Homes Remodeling side manages all remodeling projects that include interior and exterior updates, kitchen and bath updates, basement finishing, whole home updates, additions and outdoor living areas.

Spencer Homes Handyman will serve homeowners who need small projects or repairs done.

Spencer Homes was founded in 2005 and has since built more than 300 homes in Madison and St. Clair counties, according to the release.

Fulford Home Remodeling has worked with clients in the metro-east since 1987.

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