Inspired by his father, Michael Farrow founded Farrow Group, Inc. in 1998. As a native Detroiter, he prides himself on being hands-on with every aspect of the company because he loves his city and continues work to make it the dynamic place it once was.
Farrow Group is one of the largest demolition contractors based in Detroit. It maintains a large fleet of specialized machinery ideally suited for today’s complex demolition projects. Farrow’s skilled team is capable of performing very difficult projects efficiently, and can respond to emergencies on short notice.
Tell me about some of your current projects you’re working on?
Very recently we were called by the City of Detroit to do an emergency cleanup and demolition of a burned commercial building. It contained hazardous medical waste allegedly dumped illegally by a local businessman trying to save money at the expense of the environment and surrounding community. We made an initial cleanup at no cost to the City by selling the scrap material from the project. That’s a strong benefit of our “green” expertise and long experience in the demolition industry. We took the same approach as part of the team that demolished the former Tiger Stadium. We are very strong in recycling and in responding to emergency needs.
What do you find most exciting about the changing face of Detroit?
I love Detroit and I am excited about the changes that are taking place. The City of Detroit economy has been hit the hard in the past couple of years, but we know we can have revitalized neighborhood housing, retail centers, schools, and manufacturing plants. I am excited to have a role to play demolishing all abandoned structures that offer a safe haven for gang members, drug dealers and other criminals. That’s particularly important for members of the community who are constantly reminded of the eyesores and hazardous cautions that plague their city.
By demolishing these structures it leaves the city with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvent affordable housing and attract new businesses. In addition, we are creating a safe and welcoming environment for students, residents and visitors alike. I know this cannot all happen overnight, but it can happen.
How do you want your company to impact Detroit in the long term?
In the long term, Farrow Group has the potential to greater serve the City of Detroit by improving the quality of living for countless individuals, particularly seniors and youth by removing blight and implementing programs and awareness that would create opportunities for them to excel in live.
We are also committed to protecting the public health and environment by reducing the amount of solid waste that goes to the landfills. That is why we are implementing a program to donate salvageable materials such as windows, doors, hardwood floors, cabinets, and HVAC units to nonprofit organizations. It will keep those items out of landfills.
What is your company culture?
Farrow Group has been blessed with a great group of skilled and dedicated team members who believe in the company’s vision and mission of giving back to the communities in which they live, work, and play. We take serious the responsibility that comes with being a contractor and leader in the communities we serve. In addition, we pride ourselves on hiring and training individuals that live in these communities.
That is why the Farrow Group business image and advertisement display the American flag and eagle. The flag represents the spirit and pride we have for country and fellow man and the eagle represents our endless efforts to soar high to achieve our goal of excellence in this industry.
What’s coming up for Farrow Group?
Growth. We are excited about what is happening in our city, state and surrounding communities, yet it is our goal to expand our operations throughout the United States.
Mike Farrow, Farrow Group Inc.
President and CEO