Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present


Glen Thomsen

Glen Thomsen

Thomsen, Glen
Inducted: 2007
Thomsen Construction & Supply,  Lawrence, Michigan

Glen founded Thomsen Construction & Supply in 1974, and has spent his life working in the construction industry, specifically commercial, light industrial, suburban residential and ag buildings. He received NFBA’s honorary member award in 2003, and has served several terms on the board of directors for both NFBA and the Michigan Frame Builders Association. Glen has also earned several Building of the Year awards from both organizations.


Bill Thul

Bill Thul

Thul, Bill
Inducted: 2007
Klauer Manufacturing,
Dubuque, Iowa

Bill Thul has been involved in the metal building industry for more than 55 years, all with Klauer Manufacturing.

Through his purchasing of steel capacity, he worked with steel mills in the development of prepainted galvanized steel for fabrication of metal products, which helped lead to the availability of more than 100 colors on the market today.

He also worked with builders, steel mills, and the in-house machine shop at Klauer in the development of roll formers for metal building trim products. His efforts spawned such processes as roll-formed rake and corner trim, ridge cap, door post trim, door track cover and door jamb trim.

Bill was also an active participant in the Rural Builder Show. Though semi-retired, he still remains active in the company.



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