Rural Builder Hall of Fame Recipients: 1982-Present

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George F. Eberle

George F. Eberle

Eberle, George F.
Inducted:  1991
Lumbermate Company – St. Louis,  Missouri

Eberle is the President and founder of Lumbermate Company, a supplier of wood truss connectors and agri-truss engineering to some of the largest companies in the rural building industry.

One of the first to design, test and promote trusses utilizing stacked bottom chords, multiple plate heel joints on long scarfs, and laminated posts with truss plate connections, Eberle’s wood engineering contributions to post-frame buildings have advanced their overall reliability and efficiency.

 

Larry Edema

Larry Edema

Edema, Larry
Inducted: 2015
Wick Buildings, Mazomanie, Wisconsin

After a short stint as a licensed realtor, Edema went to work as sales manager for a general contractor who was selling post frame and steel/block building packages in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Twenty-four years ago he saw an employment ad for Wick Buildings, and he has been with the company since. He was named National Sales Manager in February 2015.

His work with post frame led him to the National Frame Building Association. He started with the Michigan Chapter of the organization, serving as its president for three years from 2003-2005, then moved to the national board. He was part of the Post Frame Marketing Initiative during its developing years, serving as its funding chair. The PFMI has helped to fund post-frame research and has led outreach to architects. He also served as board chair of the NFBA in 2011 and 2012 and remains active on the board today.

 

Earl Erickson

Earl Erickson

Erickson, Earl
Inducted: 2005
Plyco Corporation – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Erickson was a sales representative for Plyco for 20 years and spent 40 years in the rural construction industry. Twice he was named the company’s salesman of the year. Prior to joining Plyco, he represented Cannon Ball and Star Line Products for 20 years, selling agricultural equipment.

Erickson sold Plyco’s full line of building products in Wisconsin and was active with the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association, serving several terms on its board of directors. He was also a supplier board member of the Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association.

 

Steve Eversole

Steve Eversole

Eversole, Steve
Inducted:  2012
Eversole Builders – Lancaster, Ohio

Steve was detoured in his plans to return to the farm by the 1980s farm crisis after attending the Ohio State University. A job for a construction company in his hometown of Lancaster proved promising, especially at a time when post-frame was also moving off the farm to the cities.

In an attempt to reduce his travel, Steve started Eversole Builders. Little did he know that he would travel even more as the success of his small post-frame business grew. It started with just Steve and one other crewmember with his wife Denise serving as the first full-time bookkeeper. Today, the company maintains 4 to 5 crews and several support staff. Commercial buildings have continued to be its mainstay, with more than 50 percent of its customers bringing repeat business.

Connecting with other post-frame builders has always been important to Steve. He joined the National Frame Building Association and the Buckeye Chapter of the NFBA and has served a number of years on the board of directors and as president on both the national and chapter levels. He is currently part of a team that has been working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to help the Department understand the benefits of post-frame.

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