Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present

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Rich Paul Jr.

Rich Paul Jr.

Paul Jr., Rich
Inducted:  2002
Richard N. Paul & Sons, Inc.

Rich Paul is the president of Richard N. Paul & Sons, Inc., a true family operation.  The company was founded in 1970 by his father, Richard N. Paul, Sr., who retired in 1980.  Rich joined the family business in 1975, and shares ownership with his brother Bill.  Rich’s son Aaron serves as vice president of manufacturing.

The company started manufacturing trim for post-frame buildings in 1976, and prides itself on quality service and taking on special orders that other manufacturers might consider tedious.  The company now occupies 13,000 sq. ft. and uses six machines to roll form guttering, soffit, and roof panels.  It also makes ridge vents and end wall louvers, and distributes a variety of other building components.

Paul has been active in the National Frame Builders Association since 1979.  He has spent many years on the board of the Indiana chapter and has served as its treasurer since 1995, planning many of the group’s events.

 

John H. Pedersen

John H. Pedersen

Pedersen, John H,
Inducted:  1982
Ames, Iowa

John was manager of the MidWest Plan Service, a joint venture between land grant universities in 12 mid-western states.  He shifted the group’s programs from simply providing building plans to where management recommendations are also made for various farming systems.

Long active in snow and wind load work, John helped write the original American Society of Agricultural Engineers snow load guide lines in 1965 and has been involved in rewriting these rules.  He’s also led the fight against snow and wind load recommendations made by other groups, which are of grave concern to rural contractors.

 

B.G. Perkins

B.G. Perkins

Perkins, B. G.
Inducted:  1985
Prophetstown, Illinois

Joining Doane Agricultural Service in the mid-1930’s, B.G. Perkins helped pioneer the post-frame building industry as we know it today.  Stressing construction at the least possible yet practical cost, these new designs brought many changes to the structures found in rural America.  Farmers quickly bought the new construction ideas and the idea of post-frame construction was off and running, thanks to the many contributions made early-on in this industry by B.G. Perkins.

Today, Perkins and his family operate a large-scale crop and livestock farm that features many innovative building ideas.

 

James J. Peters

James J. Peters

Peters, James J.
Inducted:  1998
Freeport Builders, Inc. – Lena, Illinois

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Jim bagan his career with Central Soya as a feed sales representative in northern Illinois.  By 1970, he was selling post-frame farm buildings for J.H. Patterson, with one early sale involving a large free-stall barn for a customer who has since purchased more than 20 buildings from him.  He sold nearly 100 buildings during a two-year period with Patterson.

In 1972, Peters accepted a territory from Wick Buildings, achieving his dream of being self-employed.  The relationship continues, with Peters making the sales and Wick crews erecting the buildings.  The development at Wick of a large post-frame grain storage system helped Peters survive the early 1980s recession.

Peters joined the National Frame Builders Association in 1985 at its convention in Sandusky, Ohio and served as a director and vice president during 1986 and 1987.  He credits the association with other NFBA members for helping him to see the advantages of diversifying into the suburban and commercial building markets.  His company has won numerous awards, including an NFBA Building of the Year Award in 1991 and several Wick Building of the Year awards.

 

Jim Picha

Jim Picha

Picha, Jim    
Inducted:  1984
Plymouth, Indiana

Development of many needed products for the rural construction market has been one of the real assets of Jim Picha in serving this industry over the years.

Quick to volunteer for practically any job which needed doing for the betterment of this industry, Jim was always a true help and friend to many rural builders around the country.

Always willing to discuss problems and find needed solutions, he’s made many major contributions to the rural building field.

 

David Pogrant

David Pogrant

Pogrant, David
Inducted:  1999
Truss’s Plus – Mayville, Wisconsin

Pogrant began his career selling post-frame buildings in 1980.  Three years later he and three partners bought the business known as Truss’s Plus.  The focus then and now is to supply a post-frame material package to contractors as well as build custom trusses for post-frame, residential, and commercial builders.  The company also does a limited amount of general contracting each year.

During 1985-86, Truss’s Plus developed a computer program for pricing post-frame buildings which is still in use today.

Pogrant joined the National Frame Builders Association and the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association in 1985.  He served as president of the Wisconsin chapter from 1987-89 and was elected to the NFBA Board of Directors in 1989.  He served as chairman of the national association’s board in 1993.

Pogrant and his wife Joan have three children and five grandchildren.

 

Steve Pohl

Steve Pohl

Pohl, Steve

Inducted: 2013
South Dakota State University

Steve Pohl, professor and extension ag engineer at South Dakota State University, has had a distinguished 30-plus year career as an educator for the agricultural and rural building industries in the Midwest. His education activities have included both classroom teaching of building science to engineering and technology students and extension/outreach programs of animal housing systems to producers and other industry stakeholders. Dr. Pohl has worked closely with commodity groups to deliver engineering resources to the livestock production industry in South Dakota and beyond. He has also been the South Dakota representative to MWPS organization for many years. One specific outreach activity that Steve has championed has been the establishment and leadership, along with Dr. Larry Jacobson from the University of Minnesota, of the Minnkota Agri-Builders and Equipment Supplies Association. For the past 25 years, the Minnkota organization has provided technical information to agricultural builders, equipment supplies, consultants and other key stakeholders in the upper Midwest region through annual meetings, newsletters and other networking activities. This organization has had a major impact on the agricultural building industry in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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