Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present


Dick Zimmerman

Dick Zimmerman

Zimmerman, Dick
Inducted:  1996
Cleary Buildings – Verona, Wisconsin

Dick was involved with the design and construction of post-frame buildings for more than 35 years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1965 with a degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Wick Building Systems in the company’s Agri Building Division.

In 1978 he left Wick and with two colleagues started CMZ Enterprises, which was later sold to Thomas Cleary and became Cleary Building Corp. In the late 1970s, Zimmerman served on the National Frame Builders Association board of directors, including one term as its president. He continued to work for Cleary until his retirement in 2002.

Joe Zulovich

Joe Zulovich

Zulovich, Joseph M.
Inducted: 2017

Extension Agricultural Engineer
University of Missouri-Columbia

Joe Zulovich grew up on a dairy farm in northwestern Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University where one of his early influencers was post-frame trailblazer, Dr. Harvey Manbeck.

He credits the diversity of his background as allowing him to have a well-rounded understanding of the environmental needs of buildings. For his masters degree he delved into ventilation heat recovery to lower energy cost. For his doctorate, he developed a temperature-humidity index for laying hens. At Iowa State University, where he was employed as a post doc, he took a close look at ventilation failures in swine facilities and solutions for recovery. Before his final move to the University of Missouri, he was an extension engineer at the University of Minnesota working on the engineering aspects of condensation and ventilation in residential housing.

Zulovich settled in at MU in Columbia in 1991. One of his earliest projects there was to develop flexible building plans for swine production.



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