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J.A. Wagner Helps Global Link Rev Up for RV Industry Growth

Posted by Andrew Harman on Aug 21, 2018 10:12:00 AM

It has been a pleasure to continue our relationship with Global Link Distribution in Elkhart, Indiana. The J.A. Wagner Construction team recently completed a major expansion and renovation project that’s helping the company handle myriad challenges as a result of its vital and rapidly-expanding business.

Global Link Distribution is a leading supplier of OEM products for the RV, manufactured housing, cargo trailer, fencing, and cabinet shop industries. Founded in 2007, Global Link’s products include locksets, fasteners, latches, drawer slides, and cabinet hardware. Innovators at the firm also perform research and development in their quest to provide the highest quality products and customer service to the growing RV industry.

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Topics: Expansion, Elkhart, Indiana, pre-engineered metal buildings

Shield Restraints: Securing a New Addition in Elkhart, Indiana

Posted by Andrew Harman on Jun 14, 2018 9:49:59 AM


J.A. Wagner has completed a 42,875-square-foot production and warehouse space for Shield Restraint Systems, Inc. Located at 3802 Gallatin Way in Elkhart, Indiana, the pre-engineered steel structure is an addition to an existing facility built by our team in 2006. The expansion adds 10,500 square feet of warehouse space with two loading docks and a new 32,375-square-foot temperature-controlled production area.

Shield produces restraints and retraction systems for ATVs, child seats, forklifts, off-road equipment, recreational vehicles, trucks, buses, and airplanes. Around the world, leading vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket distributors, seating providers, and child safety seat manufacturers all trust Shield for quality occupant safety systems and restraints.

This expansion required the installation of some unique equipment, including a 300-ton stamping press with an isolated foundation, five 180-ton horizontal molding presses, one 40-ton molding press, and an overhead bus duct to power the assembly cells.

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Topics: Expansion, Elkhart, Indiana, pre-engineered metal buildings

J.A. Wagner Receives Prestigious Volume Awards from Butler Manufacturing

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Apr 26, 2018 9:48:00 AM

Pictured left to right: Steven Hudgins, Vice President of Butler Manufacturing, Tony Harman, Project Manager at J.A. Wagner, Andy Harman, Project Manager at J.A. Wagner, and Greg Pasley, President of Butler Manufacturing.

J.A. Wagner Construction is honored to have received two awards from Butler Manufacturing™ at Butler's recent national sales meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. The $85 Million Lifetime Volume Award and the 2017 Million Dollar Builder Award were presented to Tony Harman and Andrew Harman, Project Managers at J.A. Wagner.

J.A. Wagner became an authorized Butler Builder® in 1980, and our team has now sold more than $85 million in Butler pre-engineered steel buildings and roof systems. The Million Dollar Builder designation is awarded to Butler Builders who sold at least $1 million in Butler buildings in 2017.

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Topics: Awards, Butler Manufacturing

One Factor Influences Construction Costs the Most

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 8, 2018 10:13:00 AM

There are many factors that influence the cost of construction. Some are obvious: land acquisition, permits and construction costs. Then there are the future costs or life-cycle costs to consider: maintenance, repair, replacement—the cost of keeping the facility and its systems up and running.

One of the most effective ways to control construction costs is to establish early involvement on behalf of the owner AND the contractor. This may seem obvious, but under the traditional method of construction delivery, the owner commissions an architect or engineer to prepare drawings and specifications, then separately selects a contractor by negotiation or competitive bidding at a later stage in the project’s development.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction

When Construction Entrepreneurs Share, Learn, and Build

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Feb 7, 2018 9:33:00 AM

We all need mentors and others to look up to. Fortunately, for J.A. Wagner Construction, we have an entire network of mentors. Last week, a member of our team attended the Construction Leadership Network (CLN) conference in Tampa, Florida to practice win-win sharing. The CLN membership is comprised of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, commercial contractors and construction industry providers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Topics: Construction Leadership Network

Helping Our Customers Grow: LaVanture Products Company

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Jan 25, 2018 10:04:00 AM

J.A. Wagner is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with LaVanture Products Company. Our partnership has spanned more than 30 years and has included the construction of three brand-new facilities, two additions, and two remodels of existing space. In 2006, we built their current facility—a Butler® pre-engineered steel building. Now, LaVanture has asked our team to once again return and construct a 14,000-square-foot addition to provide much-needed warehouse space. Located at 3806 Gallatin Way in Elkhart, Indiana, the company has been using temporary storage to alleviate their need for more space.

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Topics: Elkhart, Indiana, Butler, Expansion

Center six one five Brings Much-Needed Convention Space to Michiana

Posted by Andrew Harman on Jan 4, 2018 9:40:00 AM

The new Center six one five convention and tradeshow facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

J.A. Wagner is pleased to announce the completion of Center six one five, a state-of-the-art convention center and meeting space located in Elkhart, Indiana. Not only does this facility bring much-needed meeting space to Elkhart, but it also helps realize the dream of late local entrepreneur, Gary Price. He envisioned a space in which local businesses could conduct meetings, trade shows and luncheons without having to travel to South Bend or Chicago. After his passing, Gary’s wife Kim worked closely with our team to construct the facility he had always envisioned.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction, Elkhart, Indiana, Butler

AACOA’s Major Expansion Project Like Renovating A Moving Train

Posted by Tony Harman on Aug 22, 2017 10:37:00 AM

The expansion at AACOA's Niles, Michigan facility was constructed using Butler pre-engineered metal buildings.

After years of serving commercial and manufacturing businesses throughout the United States, J.A. Wagner Construction still looks forward to new challenges. We like to think that if a client needed us to renovate a moving train, we’d find a way. 

In fact, we’re grateful for the opportunity we recently had to test our capabilities when we worked with a leading aluminum extrusion company in Niles, Michigan. AACOA’s major $18 million expansion project, designed to accommodate a new state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion line, proved we can successfully expand a facility that’s operational 24/7—the manufacturing equivalent of a train that never stops. 

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, pre-egineered steel buildings, AACOA

New “Hub and Spoke” Facility for Universal Trailer is Unique Approach

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Aug 4, 2017 9:49:09 AM

The design-build project for Universal Trailer involved the construction of a 199,808 square-foot “hub and spoke” style facility for the production of fully-assembled trailers as well as trailer kits.

Playing an important role in a large-scale construction project is always exciting for us here at J.A. Wagner Construction. But, being part of new construction model is even more exciting. We found this to be true earlier this year when we constructed Universal Trailer Cargo Group’s new paint and production facility in the heart of the Midwest in Bristol, Indiana.

Universal Trailer is known for its high-quality trailers. Its brands, which include Haulmark, Haulmark Motorcoach, Featherlite, Featherlite Specialty, Exiss, Sooner, and Wells Cargo, are commonly seen on highways across North America. The company manufactures horse trailers, livestock trailers, ATV trailers, motorcycle trailers, snowmobile trailers, race car trailers, custom car trailers, equipment trailers, and made-to-order trailers for specialty hauling projects.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, pre-egineered steel buildings, Universal Trailer

J.A. Wagner Receives Two Prestigious Awards from Butler Manufacturing™

Posted by J.A. Wagner Construction on Jun 7, 2017 9:37:00 AM

Pictured left to right: Tom Gilligan, President of Butler Manufacturing™, Tony Harman, Project Manager for J.A. Wagner, Andy Harman, Project Manager for J.A. Wagner and Harry Yeatman, Vice President of Sales for Butler Manufacturing™.

J.A. Wagner Construction is pleased to announce that it has been named The #1 Volume Builder of the Year in the Midwest by Butler Manufacturing™ at Butler’s recent national sales meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. This designation is awarded to the authorized Butler Builder® dealer that sells the largest amount of Butler steel during the calendar year.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, pre-egineered steel buildings, Awards

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