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Metal Construction Hall of Fame

The Metal Construction Hall of Fame was founded in 2012. The goal was to recognize those individuals who have had a significant impact on the metal construction industry through their innovation, effort and leadership. Nominees are judged in five categories:

Longevity: Honorees must have been actively involved in the industry for at least 15 years.
Unique Contribution: The creation or development of a specific aspect or segment of business that has advanced the industry.
Body of Work: The depth and breadth of contribution to the industry throughout a career.
Legacy: The honoree's contribution must have had a long-lasting impact on the industry.
Integrity: Honorees must exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards in all aspects of business.

The judges represent the four organizations that are partners in the Hall of Fame:

Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)
Metal Construction Association (MCA)
Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA)
Modern Trade Communications

Inductees are nominated in one of three categories

Friend of the Industry



2012 Inductees

Dick Bus  

Dick Bus, Atas International

Dick Bus got his start in the metal construction industry early in life, when as a nine-year-old boy he would accompany his father to job sites, helping him install metal siding and trim. Along with his brother Jim, Bus has spent 40 years working to grow the company... Read More 

Dave Fulton  

Dave Fulton, Triangle Fasteners Corp.

Dave Fulton is no stranger to the metal building industry, having spent his entire working career in metal construction. While he claims he got started in the industry by accident, it is that long and active career, along with his advancements in product development... Read More

Rob Haddock  

Rob Haddock, S-5!

Rob Haddock is known throughout the industry as the founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based S-5!, the company that invented the non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs. That innovation and impact on the industry... Read More

Gill Harris  

Gill Harris, Ceco Building Systems

Gill Harris saw the start of his career in civil engineering interrupted twice by war; first by World War II and then by the Korean War. When he finally settled into his career, he was in Houston and answered an ad for Metallic Building Co., which was looking for engineers.... Read More

Bob Ketenbrink  

Robert Ketenbrink, Spacemark Inc.

The role of a contractor in the metal construction industry can be isolating and one where it's difficult to exert influence. Certainly, contractors can drive excellence and improvements within their own companies, but they need leverage to make changes on the national level... Read More

John Lawrence  

John Lawrence, Modern Trade Communications

John Lawrence is a magazine guy. He's built a career selling ads and running magazines, which as an industry is pretty far afield from the metal construction industry. With his partner, Sam Milnark, though, Lawrence created Metal Building News (which became Metal Construction News)... Read More

Raymond Miller Hall of Fame  

Raymond A. Miller Jr., Fleming Building Co.

"I was actually hired as a salesman through an employment agency," says Raymond Miller Jr. of his start at Fleming Building Co. "I had 90 days to produce or be released." Not only was Miller not released, but under his eventual leadership, Fleming Building Co... Read More 

Marv Snyder  

Marvin K. Snyder, Butler Manufacturing

Marvin Snyder is an icon in the field of research throughout the metal building systems industry and has demonstrated continuing involvement in it for 63 years. Snyder has developed and tested metal building product solutions, raising the level of respect for systems... Read More



2013 Inductees

Duane Ellifritt Hall of Fame


Dr. Duane S. Ellifritt, University of Florida

Dr. Duane Ellifritt grew up in a little hill country town in West Virginia with a population of 366. "My parents never went beyond eighth grade in school," he says. "I didn't know any college graduates, except my high school teachers. There was no guidance counselor in my school." But because of... Read More

Mary Farrar Hall of Fame


Mary Farrar, All Pro Construction

Mary Farrar has lots of energy. The Kansas-based contractor even came out of retirement to start a new metal erection division at All Pro Contracting, based in Olathe, Kan. That restlessness defines her career. Farrar admits that she's uncertain exactly how she got into the metal building business... Read More

Donald Johnson Hall of Fame


Donald L. Johnson, P.E., Butler Manufacturing

Donald Johnson's leadership in product research and testing has directly resulted in product improvements that have been implemented by metal building manufacturing companies worldwide. Throughout his career, Johnson has demonstrated a commitment to innovation... Read More

Tem McElroy  

 Tem McElroy, McElroy Metal

A pioneer in the metal components industry, Tem McElroy has spent 43 years in the metal construction industry, growing his small family company into a national company that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. McElroy received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech... Read More

Ted Miller Hall of Fame


Ted S. Miller, The Miller-Clapperton Partnership

As this year's Legacy Award in the Contractor/Installer category, Ted S. Miller has been described as a total salesman. Always working to better the industry, he believed in doing the right thing. After a 10-year battle against Stage 4 colon cancer, Miller passed away in October 2012... Read More

Clark Prudhon Hall of Fame


Clark Prudhon, Varco Pruden Buildings

Memphis, Tenn.-based Varco Pruden is a well-known manufacturer and supplier of preengineered metal building systems. However, the company itself has humble beginnings in the legacy of Clark Prudhon, one of the company's founders and an innovator in the metal construction industry... Read More



2014 Inductees

Jim Bush Hall of Fame


Jim Bush, ATAS International Inc.

Jim Bush recently celebrated 30 years working at ATAS International Inc. in Allentown, Pa. After starting his career in heavy plate and bar fabrication in Easton, Pa., and after a relocation to Birmingham, Ala., Bush moved back to Bethlehem, Pa., where he grew up, and began working... Read More

Chuck Howard Hall of Fame


Chuck Howard, P.E., Metal Roof Consultants

In 1979, one of Chuck Howard's metal building customers asked him if it was possible to install over his current flat-roofed building the same sloped roof Howard had provided to one of his recent warehouse buildings. As a young and very conservative engineer Howard told him "no." When the... Read More

King Hussein Hall of Fame


King Husein, P.E., Construction and Engineering

King Husein has built Madera, Calif.,- based Span Construction and Engineering into the country's largest metal building construction company by establishing it on a basic concept: Keep your commitments at any cost. "There have been times we have swallowed a lot of money to keep our commitment...  Read More

Norman Rimmer Hall of Fame


Norman Rimmer, P.E., Butler Manufacturing

Norman Rimmer, who passed away in 2008, was a leading influencer in specifications, codes and standards adopted by metal building manufacturing companies industry wide. Rimmer was a founding member of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) technical committee...  Read More 

Daniel Zabcik hall of fame


Daniel D. Zabcik, NCI Building Systems

During the 40 years Daniel (Dan) D. Zabcik spent in the metal construction industry, he has worked in virtually all aspects of the industry from finance and administration to marketing, sales, engineering and customer  service. Zabcik started his career as a design engineer... Read More


2015 Inductees

Herb Englert  

Herb Englert, Englert Inc.

Herb Englert, who passed away in 2000, was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He was the son of a siding installer for a major aluminum siding and gutter manufacturer. By the time he finished high school, Englerts, like many of his contemporaries, got a job in the same industry.... Read More

Red McConnohie  

D.V. "Red" McConnohie, Roof Hugger

A consummate salesman, D.V. "Red" McConnohie spent 46 years in the metal construction industry.  He started out in the   pre-fabricated metal building industry early on, joining the original sales team for a new company after answering an ad to be a district manager for the state of Florida.... Read More

Earl Raymond   

Earl Raymond, Systems Contractors Inc.

In 1980, Earl Raymond got his start in the metal building industry at Denver-based Denver Commercial Builder Inc. (DCB) working as an accountant. DCB is a Builder with Kansas City, Mo.-based Butler Manufacturing, producing pre-engineered metal buildings since the early 1960s... Read More

Lee Shoemaker    W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., Metal Building Manufacturers Association

When W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., completed his undergraduate education at Duke University, Durham, N.C., he half expected to work for for a large design/ engineering firm, but the best offer came from Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, so he took it. His Duke engineering education was... Read More

George Smeja   

 George C. Smeja, Metalmaster Roofmaster Inc.

George Smeja, co-founder of McHenry, Ill.-based Metalmaster Roofmaster Inc., was always building. Building a family, business, expertise, professional partnerships and mentorships, thousands of metal building components and projects and a reputation as someone who knew how to... Read More


2016 Inductees


Jack A. Berridge, Berridge Manufacturing

Jack A. Berridge, chairman of the board at  Houston-based Berridge Manufacturing Co., has influenced the metal construction industry through his creative development of metal building products and equipment and passion for the business for more than 50 years... Read More


Bill Croucher, P.E., Fabral

Bill Croucher loved math and science in school. He originally wanted to build bridges and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since then, he has left a legacy of his entire 45 year-career providing... Read More


Dave Evers, BlueScope Buildings North America

Over the last 43 years, Dave Evers has been a fixture at Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo. He retired this past July after spending almost his entire career at the company, rising through the ranks from structural designer to vice president of research and technology. While at the company... Read More


T.K. Frahm, Butler Manufacturing

T.K. Frahm has walked both sides of the street. In considering him for the Hall of Fame, the judges needed to decide between entering him in the contractor/installer category or the manufacturer/supplier category. Frahm has done it all. In the end, though, it is his grounding... Read More


A.R. Ginn, MBCI

Albert R. (A.R.) Ginn spent an impressive 48 years championing the metal construction industry before retiring in 2007. He began his long career as an assistant on the shop floor at Metallic Building Co., Houston in 1959. After spending seven years at Metallic, he joined... Read More


Jack Hatcher, Varco Pruden Buildings

Jack Hatcher's contributions to the metal construction industry continue to reverberate in the widespread adoption of rigid frame metal buildings, at the companies he helped expand and turnaround, in connections made among industry leaders and their support of future generations... Read More


Jerry Iselin, Metal Roof Specialties

When Jerry Iselin was 21 years old, he was happy working in the sporting goods business. But a friend told him about ASC Pacific, Tacoma, Wash. (now ASC Profiles), a leading manufacturer of metal roofing products in Washington's Puget Sound region. He started working there and... Read More


Wilbur B. Larkin, Butler Manufacturing

Wilbur Larkin's impact on the metal construction industry is seen today in the types of products produced and how they're brought to market. He held multiple positions at Kansas City, Mo.-based Butler Manufacturing Co. from the early 1930s to 1967 including chief engineer... Read More


Sam A. Milnark, Modern Trade Communications

Sam W. Milnark believed the metal building industry was the next big thing. And the next big thing needed a magazine and an association to promote it. In 1978, Milnark, along with 2012 Hall of Fame inductee John S. Lawrence Sr., founded Modern Trade Communications... Read More


Johnie Schulte, Schulte Buildings

Johnie Schulte shaped the metal construction industry by establishing a new manufacturing method for metal buildings and proving metal building companies could sell metal building components and multiple brands of products in a single market. But perhaps Schulte's greatest... Read More


Gary T. Smith, Thomas Phoenix International

Once Gary T. Smith starts something, he likes to finish it. In 1976, as part of the celebration of the Montreal Olympics, the Canadian Olympic Committee staged numerous events surrounding the Olympics. One was a 400-mile canoe race from Toronto to Montreal. Smith and his partner came... Read More


Thad Strickland, TN Construction

There are people who move through life with quiet confidence, and over the course of a lifetime we are surprised by the influence they have exerted in their community and industry. Thad Strickland, TN Construction, Spartanburg, S.C., is just such a person. During a career that spans more... Read More


Larry A. Swaney, PreCoat Metals

"A visionary." That's what John S. Lawrence Sr., founder of Modern Trade Communications and 2012 Metal Construction Hall of Fame inductee calls Larry A. Swaney. The Larry A. Swaney Award⎯that's what the Metal Construction Association (MCA) calls its award it entrusts... Read More

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