Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present

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David Kammel

David Kammel

Kammel, David
Inducted: 1999
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, Wisconsin

Kammel is a professor in the university’s Biological Systems Engineering Department while also serving its Cooperative Extension Service. He works as a state specialist in the areas of structures and environment throughout the state. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering at the UW-Madison in 1985.

Prof. Kammel also has helped the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association, providing educational programs at the annual WFBA Conference and Tour and at the chapter’s quarterly meetings. He is a member of the MidWest Plan Service, authoring several publications related to dairy housing and fertilizer storage for the group. He also co-teaches a livestock housing course in the UW-Madison farm & Industry Short Course program.

Kammel is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and belongs to the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and several engineering and agricultural honor societies. He has received several awards, including the J.W. Donald Short Course Teaching Award in 1993, the ASAE Nolen Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award in 1992 and the Wisconsin County Agents Association “Second Mile Award” in 1990.

He has become recognized nationally as an authority and leader in educational programs on total mixed ration feeding system equipment, diary housing and management, and pesticide and fertilizer secondary containment.

 

Walt Keller

Walt Keller

Keller, Walt
Inducted: 1983
Keller Structures – Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Having built an excellent building business over the years with plenty of hard work and continued use of new building construction and turn-key confinement equipment ideas, Walt has been a real leader in this industry and has attended every National Farm Builder Show.

A past president of the National Frame Builders Association, Walt was also instrumental in formation of the Wisconsin Farm Builders Association and served as its first president.

 

Kenneth L. Kistler

Kenneth L. Kistler

Kistler, Kenneth K.
Inducted: 2011
Perma-Column East, Lenhartsville, Pa.

Kenneth L. Kistler, with his wife Beverly, owned and operated Kistler Pole Building Company and Kistler Building Supply in Fogelsville, Pa., for 26 years before he ‘retired’ to open yet another successful business. Perma-Column East, LLC, in Lenhartsville, Pa., is a licensed producer of Perma-Columns for the east coast. Kistler joined the National Frame Building Association in 1983. While serving as president, he was instrumental in starting the Atlantic Northeast Chapter of NFBA. Along with Gerry Richardson, he taught an NFBA course in strategic planning for the post-frame industry for approximately 10 years. Today he is involved with an educational course sponsored by the Atlantic Northeast Chapter for the Pennsylvania Construction Code Academy for code officials, plan examiners and township officials.

 

Ben Klauer

Ben Klauer

Klauer, Ben
Inducted:  1990
Klauer Manufacturing Company – Dubuque, Iowa

Ben has been a supplier of high quality products to the rural construction industry for many years.  A very knowledgeable authority on construction materials, he has been very supportive of the continued growth and development of the entire rural building industry.

 

 

James T. Knight

James T. Knight

Knight, James T. “Tom”
Inducted: 2015
Knight Enterprises Ltd., Lawrence, Kansas

In the late 1970s Tom Knight was introduced to a fledging National Frame Builders Association. For the next 30 years he worked for the NFBA to grow the organization from 30 members to over 600 members. He led the organization to develop its own annual trade and education event, The Frame Building Expo. He was the first editor of the NFBA’s official publication, Frame Building News, and he helped to establish the infrastructure of the organization as it transformed from a small but avid group of builders and suppliers into one that included research and testing that would diversify the organization beyond its pole barn roots.

Knight studied journalism, personnel management and marketing in undergraduate school. He later earned a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas. He began his law career working for the Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute and the International Silo Association.

 

Bill Koenig

Bill Koenig

Koenig, Bill
Inducted: 2005
MidWest Plan Service – Ames, Iowa

Koenig has been the engineer at MidWest for nearly 10 years. During that time he has served as project engineer and development coordinator for more than 20 major educational publications, including handbooks on various dairy, swine, horse, and concrete handbooks.

In 2003, he served as chairman for the development of a concrete conference in response to needs expressed by builders, and helped address a major regulatory issue which would have impacted most frame builders in Iowa. Koenig also serves on many ASAE committees, and chaired the Professional Engineering Institute for four years, during which time he promoted professional engineering issues.

 

Pete Kohl

Pete Kohl

Kohl, Pete
Inducted:  1986
Plyco Corporation – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

A true innovator in design, manufacture and marketing of vented windows for livestock confinement, Pete has earned a high reputation among rural builders in America today.  His many innovative ideas and successes have also led to development of many other products used in rural construction today.

An avid supporter of many rural construction activities, Pete has played a key role in the gowth of this industry.  He’s also influenced many contractors in this market with his many unique ideas and ideas for success.

 

Carl Kroh

Carl Kroh

Kroh, Carl
Inducted:  1984
Celotex Corporation – Tampa, Florida

Seeing the tremendous value insulation products could play in rural construction, Carl helped pioneer many valuable ideas for selling customers on the value of energy-saving materials in the rural building market.

He and his firm have long been leaders in the use of insulation in livestock confinement structures and recognized the need for fire-retardant properties in insulation materials for the rural construction market.

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