Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pennsylvania
A well-known agricultural engineer, Manbeck is largely responsible for the research and education about the diaphragm design standards that have been developed for use by the rural construction industry.
Harlan Builders – Harlan, Iowa
Active in rural construction affairs for many years, this veteran builder’s efforts to encourage more professionalism and construction responsibility in the industry have been tremendous. This was shown in the leading role he played in development of the official building standards used by members of the National Frame Builders Association.
Dave has also served in most official capacities of NFBA over the years, including a term as president of this group.
A long-time rural builder, Dave has developed an outstanding group of customers who are extremely happy with the well-designed structures that he has provided to them over the years.
McElroy, Jr., Thomas “Tem”
McElroy Metal, Inc. – Bossier City, Louisiana
Tem McElroy is president of McElroy Metal, Inc., a manufacturer of preformed metal wall and roofing panels, trim, accessories, and substructural framing components. Founded in 1963, McElroy Metal services the commercial, industrial, architectural, and post-frame building markets from six manufacturing facilities.
Tem is an outspoken proponent of the post-frame construction industry and has served in key positions with numerous industry organizations, including the Metal Construction Association and a board of director’s position with the National Frame Builders Association.
McGuire, Patrick M.
F.D. Borkholder & Co., – Nappanee, Indiana
Pat McGuire, P.E. who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Louisville, has worked as a structural engineer since 1974, having joined Borkholder Buildings in 1979.
He received his MBA from Bellarmine College and is registered as an engineer in 10 states.
McGuire is an active member of the National Frame Builders Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
He has also served on technical committees for the Truss Plate Institute and the Wood Truss Council of America, of which he is a past president.
While president of the WTCA, the organization published WTCA 1-95, Standard Responsibilities In the Design Process Involving Metal Plate connected Wood Trusses. He has also served on three major Truss Plate Institute committees, making significant contributions to HIB-908(Truss Erection for Post-Frame Building), ANSI/TPI 1-95 (Truss Design), and BSR/RPI-3(Temporary Truss Bracing).
McGuire contributed to the NFBA Design Manual for Post-Frame Construction: Framing Tolerances. Some of his most recent work has called attention to a critical but often overlooked load condition for non-constrained embedded posts.
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana
Doing it the “right way the first time” has long been the motto of this Indiana extension agricultural engineering specialist. Because of Bruce’s desire for perfection in farmstead planning, many rural builders and their farm customers have put together building layouts, which will continue to be used or many generations to come.
A highly-recognized national and international leader in the area of properly planning grain and feed systems, Bruce has become a prolific writer, speaker and workshop leader on all phases of this type of planning work.
Sturdi-Built Building Company – Charleston, Illinois
Bill has been a real credit to the rural construction business over nearly three decades. He has always emphasized top quality materials in the buildings he sell and constructs. A strong believer in the need for more industry-wide education, Bill has been a strong supporter of the National Frame Builders Association, has served as a valuable member of the advisory committee for Farm Structures Day at the University of Illinois and has been a National Rural Builder Show speaker.
University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri
Neil Meador is professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Missouri in Columbus where he teaches and has extension and research responsibilities. A doctoral graduate of Michigan State University, Prof. Meador has taught at the university level since 1961. A registered professional engineer, he served as the University of Missouri agricultural engineering department chairman from 1982-89, overseeing funding and construction of a $8.3 million ag-engineering building, adding eight new permanent teaching positions, and initiating research and teaching programs in food engineering. He has served in numerous positions in the state, regional, and national American Society of Agricultural Engineers and is the winner of many awards, including his selection as Outstanding Teach in Agricultural Engineering seven times by graduating seniors at the University of Missouri.
MAG Management – Bentonville, Indiana
A seasoned veteran of the rural construction business, Gayle spent many years working in this industry. Never one to sit still, he’s tried a number of new ideas over the years, including one of the first to use computers to run a rural construction business and stressing efficiency along with the importance of diversifying to be successful.
A long-time member of the National Frame Builders Association, Gayle has served in a number of key leadership roles in the rural construction industry.
McElroy Metal – Bossier City, Louisiana
Mikkelson represents McElroy in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and has been honored three times with its Salesman of the Year Award. He was with McElroy from 1986 to 2000, then with Foremost Buildings in Jefferson, Wis., for two years, before returning to McElroy in 2002. Prior to joining McElroy, Mikkelson operated a general contracting business, Mikkelson Construction, with his father. The company, founded in 1953, specialized in commercial buildings using post-frame, stud-frame, and masonry systems.
Mikkelson has been active in the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association, serving two terms on its board of directors and making numerous presentations. His focus has been to educate builders on the uses and application of standing seam roof systems. Mikkelson is a 1976 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and resides in LaCrescent, Minnesota.
Bonanza Buildings – Charleston, Illinois
Building farm structures since 1951, bob saw an opportunity when a farming fiend was having trouble with a structure that simply didn’t work. This served as the foundation for a very successful farm building career which stretched over 30 years.
Sold on the benefits of planning buildings for future growth, providing proper service and taking advantage of available business opportunities, bob watched Bonanza Buildings grow to where it now markets a line of packaged structures in a number of states.
University of Illinois – Urbana, Illinois
As an Illinois farm building extension specialist, Art has worked with both builders and farmers around the state and in a number of neighboring states and several foreign countries.
Much of his research and education work has been done in the areas of live-stock confinement housing and waste management, particularly in the swine areas. He’s also been a prolific writer of numerous educational materials in these areas.
Kansas State University – Manhattan, Kansas
Murphy, interim assistant director of extension agricultural and natural resources, and a professor of biological and agricultural engineering, is a national leader and recognized as an original environmental engineer. He is respected for his knowledge and ability in applying engineering principles in beef cattle, swing, and dairy production systems and related functions. These production systems include feedlots, corral and handling facilities, feedmills, pollution control systems, energy consumption, manure management, and disposal systems.
Murphy’s designs for improved livestock facilities have enabled operators to produce livestock more efficiently, with less labor, greater safety for animals and operator, and less environmental impact to the surrounding environment. Many of his designs and information have been published in handbooks and by MidWest Plan Service. He has chaired the MWPS executive committee, and assists legislators, state agencies, and public groups in developing environmentally and economically feasible regulations for the livestock industry.