In 1974, buoyed by his business success in the preceding two decades and excited by the new concept of sectional title ownership, Bruce McWilliams founded Bruce McWilliams Industries (Pty) Ltd in Port Elizabeth. It was with keen foresight, honed by years of retail exposure, that Bruce purchased his first block of flats and introduced the concept of sectional title to the city. Over the years, well-known blocks of flats, which included Cape Marina, Marine Towers and Bandle, were sectionalised in this way.
Not content with developing only residential properties, the company moved into the field of commercial and industrial property investment, brokerage and development, winning recognition as a major player in the local property market. Bruce semi-retired in 1985. In December 1989 Bruce’s eldest son, Garry, was asked to join the family business. In 1993 Garry was appointed to the Board of Directors and a year later took the helm as Managing Director. In 2010 Mark Bakker was appointed Managing Director.
Mark and the BMI team manage a diversified property portfolio and endeavour to find the right space based on clients’ business and operating needs, offering secure, well-maintained, accessible and functional industrial space, from warehousing and logistics facilities to workshops and large Industrial Parks.