American Buildings announces new president

Eufaula, Ala. – After more than three years of successful leadership at American Buildings Company, Ray Napolitan has been promoted to president of the Vulcraft/Verco Group for Nucor Corporation. Vulcraft/Verco has a total of ten plants across the nation, making it the largest producer of steel joists and steel deck in the United States.

“Ray has done a great job of integrating American Buildings into Nucor Corporation while still maintaining the core ABC culture,” states Bob Lowe, president of Nucor Buildings Group.

During Napolitan’s tenure as president, ABC made great strides within the industry and internally. Those accomplishments include the establishment of Nucor’s industry-recognized Safety Training culture, Pay-For-Performance incentive system, and business and leadership training at all levels within the company. Innumerable community service projects were initiated and completed throughout every ABC division.

Napolitan also launched the process towards achieving IAS Accreditation and ISO Certification; both were awarded earlier this year. Two new, ground-breaking products were introduced to the market under Napolitan’s supervision; SP-Cool Coatings system and ClearBay Roof Joist.

Replacing Napolitan as President of ABC is Ron Kuenkler. With more than 30 years of experience in the metal building industry. Ron was promoted from within the Nucor family and is focused on continuing Napolitan’s efforts when it comes to taking care of the customer and a long-term vision for ABC.

“We have complete confidence that Ron has the industry experience and Nucor knowledge to sustain the momentum Ray created and the phenomenal programs that have been implemented,” said Bob Lowe, president of Nucor Buildings Group. “Ron’s progressive thinking will keep ABC at the top of the industry.”

Following an inspirational conversation with his father regarding his career path, Ron pursued an engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Kuenkler’s first job within the metal building industry was at Inryco, Inc., working summers during college in their manufacturing facility, eventually leading to a full-time position as a Design Engineer with the company. After almost 15 years with Inryco and then Inland Buildings, he worked short stints at two other metal building manufacturers before being hired by Nucor as an Estimating Supervisor in 1997. He then accepted the position and responsibilities of Engineering Manager in 1999 and five years later was promoted to General Manager.

“I believe we need to set American Buildings as the gold standard in the industry, focusing on safety, quality, productivity and service to our customers,” explained Kuenkler. “Ray did a fantastic job of strengthening the organization, leading the team and incorporating components of Nucor’s common-sense, customer-focused culture. I am humbled to be asked to lead this fine team.”

In the coming months, Kuenkler and his wife Toni of 26 years will be relocating from Fort Wayne, Indiana to the area.

For more than a half-century American Buildings Company, headquartered in Eufaula, Ala., has been pioneering the design, manufacture and delivery of metal buildings and roofing systems. For more information, visit their website at

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