Bilt-Rite Farm Structures – Ashland, Missouri
One of the better-known leaders in the rural construction industry, Don has served as both an innovative builder and supplier. High standards for treating and grading lumber have always been special goals of this builder.
Having taken an active role for a number of years in the National Frame Builders Association, Don has always found time to tackle any other industry-wide job that needed doing. As a result, his contributions to the rural construction market have been remarkable.
Bonanza Buildings – Charleston, Illinois
Jim has played an important role over the years in the exciting development of the entire rural construction industry. Always a man of high standards, Jim has been willing to help anybody in furthering their own professionalism in the rural building market. Jim has influenced the thinking of many people who are now successful in the rural construction industry.
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana
One of the real innovative educators in rural construction, Bill has long been a friend of rural builders around the country. A long time member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, he’s worked extensively on standards for snow and wind loads along with other essential construction requirements.
Bill has made significant contributions to many aspects of the rural building industry and is credited with development of a number of ideas commonly used by builders today.
Stockade Buildings of Kansas City – Garden City, Missouri
Friesen has been in the horse business for more than 20 years, specializing in equine facilities of all sizes. Friesen designs each building to fit the customer’s needs and specifications, and his crews take great pride in their work. He figures a little more time during the planning stages of a project makes for a satisfied – and more often repeat – customer, and many have become his fiends after the building is delivered.
Friesen began his career as a carpenter, forming his own home building and commercial construction company in 1973 and adding steel systems and post frame in 1981. Since 1990, his work has been almost exclusively post frame.
Among his many honors are two Builder of Year awards from Wick Homes, an Award of Excellence from Bonanza Buildings, and ten awards from Stockade Buildings, including 1997 National Builder of the Year.
Funk, Ted L.
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
Ted has been an Extension Agricultural Engineer at the University of Illinois in the area of Structures and Environment for the past 32 years, located first at an area office and then on the U of I Urbana-Champaign campus.
His focus has been to get the latest and best technologies from academia to real practice in rural America. In that capacity he has been active in helping farmers plan livestock structures and livestock waste management systems, and has helped rural families improve residential housing indoor environments and energy efficiency. Ted has been in charge of the U of I Extension state livestock producers training certificate program since its inception in 1997 and has seen well over 3,000 Illinois producers and other agribusiness people participate in that training program.
He has also been a valuable resource to builders, manufacturers and livestock commodity groups regarding livestock siting and waste management regulations. As his career has evolved, he has provided the leadership to keep the University in its well-deserved role of educator and liaison with all the parties involved.