Two men who were movers and shakers in the post-frame industry, and members of the Rural Builder Hall of Fame, were recently laid to rest.
Edwin A. Bahler
A name synonymous with the National Frame Builder’s Association, Edwin A. Bahler, of Remington, Ind., passed away peacefully at the Mulberry Retirement Community in Mulberry, Indiana, on March 17, 2011.
Bahler, who started his rural building career in 1958 using square oak-treated posts, wood siding and post-frame construction, was founder of FBi Buildings. As an industry leader, he helped develop many innovative techniques and was one of a handful of men who rallied in 1969 to the call of fellow builder Freemon Borkholder to discuss a pending Indiana code change that threatened the future of the post-frame industry. After the NFBA was formed, he became the group’s first president.
As a trusted and prominent face in the industry, Bahler was one of the first to be inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame in 1982.
Karl J. Brickl
Another member of the Rural Builder Hall of Fame, Karl J. Brickl of Onalaska, Wis., passed away at his home Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. He was 64.
Brickl was one of the founders of Brickl Brothers Inc., which he operated until his retirement in 2006. He also owned and operated Select Trusses and Lumber and Precision Steel with his brothers in West Salem.
Brickl was a past president of the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association and was a member of the National Frame Builders Association. He was named to the Rural Builder Hall of Fame in 1994.