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J.A. Wagner Construction Blog

J.A. Wagner Earns Two Prestigious Butler® Awards

Posted by Andrew Harman on Oct 27, 2016 9:17:00 AM

Spheros, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of engine-independent HVAC systems for commercial vehicles, has a new 135,000-square-foot Butler pre-engineered building in Elkhart, Indiana.

For more than 44 years, J.A. Wagner has provided quality construction solutions for our clients in every shape, size and configuration. Custom construction is our specialty, and we recognize no limits when it comes to our client’s needs and satisfaction. We enjoy engineering solutions to the challenges that our clients’ face. Light or heavy industrial buildings, hi-tech manufacturing facilities, corporate office buildings and religious facilities are just a few of the projects found in our portfolio. We pride ourselves in teaming up with clients to identify their needs, and to construct facilities that will serve them not only today, but well into the future.

So, it is no surprise that 33 years ago, we become a Butler Builder®. That makes J.A. Wagner an important part of the largest network of construction professionals in the world—a full-service commercial construction firm that offers capabilities from construction to complete turnkey design-build services. And, we are proud to announce that J.A. Wagner was recently presented with two prestigious awards from Butler Manufacturing at its recent annual sales meeting.

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Topics: Butler Manufacturing, design-build, Awards, pre-engineered metal buildings

Design-Build Spotlight on Vista Manufacturing, Inc.

Posted by Tony Harman on Sep 21, 2016 10:23:00 AM

Vista Manufacturing, Inc., the premier name in LED lighting products, incandescent lighting products and custom LED panels for more than 35 years, selected J.A. Wagner Construction in 2013 as the contractor for their new company headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.

Tod E. Tieszen, President of Vista, reached out to J.A. Wagner for assistance in finding and upgrading an existing building in the area that would fit the company’s current needs, as well as to accommodate the manufacturer’s future growth. When those prospects fell through, J.A. Wagner proposed the development of a new site and facility for Vista.

Rather than having to conform to an existing structure, J.A. Wagner could build the exact facility that Vista’s growing business required. “Wagner came along side us and helped us with the design of the building, and even facilitated the purchase of the property with the land owner,” noted Tieszen. 

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Topics: design-build, Elkhart, Indiana, construction

Getting Better With Age and A Whole Lot of Continuous Education

Posted by Andrew Harman on Sep 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Diversity is paramount in an ever-changing industry and our company is fortunate to have the best of both worlds. J.A. Wagner Construction is a blend of young, ambitious builders and those with more experience who have “seen and done it all.” Not only does our company have some of the most experienced project managers who have helped grow our community since 1972, but we’ve ushered in a new era of team members who bring to the company the latest in building technology and advancement in skills.We enjoy bridging the gap and learning from each other.

A sure recipe for continued success is our lifelong passion for learning. How do we do it?

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Topics: team, continuous improvement in construction

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Andrew Harman on Nov 25, 2015 2:26:28 PM


On behalf of the entire team at J. A. Wagner Construction, we would like to say thank you for the relationships that we have built over the years. It is our wish that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday to reflect on all the blessings in your life.  

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Here We Grow Again!

Posted by Andrew Harman on Oct 2, 2015 10:12:12 AM

In the midst of one of our busiest seasons to date, J. A. Wagner is pleased to announce the addition of Barry Sutton to our design team. Barry has joined our company as an AutoCAD specialist, preparing and designing the plans for our projects. Our search for the best person to join our team led us to Leesburg, FL, where Barry once drew buildings for our former Central Florida office. Barry brings over 15 years’ experience to this company in CAD, HVAC design and estimating. His familiarity with Butler Steel Buildings and commitment to excellence in the construction industry was exactly what our company was looking for. 

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Happy Labor Day...a Summer Recap

Posted by Andrew Harman on Sep 4, 2015 2:19:14 PM


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J.A. Wagner Ranks Among Nation's Top Metal Builders

Posted by Andrew Harman on May 26, 2015 9:11:00 AM


Thanks to our loyal and new customers, J.A. Wagner Construction has been ranked among the top metal builders again for the 2014 year. According to Metal Construction News, J.A. Wagner was ranked#28 nationally for all metal builders by tonnage (1,633 Tons), the largest tonnage builder in Indiana. This tonnage reflects the total tonnage of Butler and associated building steel ordered and shipped in the 2014 calendar year. J.A. Wagner was also ranked #19 nationally by square footage at 482,400 square feet, the second largest in Indiana. 

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Considering A Construction Project in 2015?

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 26, 2015 1:51:41 PM


Spring has come and so has the thaw. It is finally time to get outside and prepare for a great summer of construction. After a long winter, we are breaking ground on several exciting projects…is yours one of them? During the colder months while the ground was frozen, we spent time designing and working with our clients so that their new projects would be ready when Mother Nature surrendered to spring. Some of those projects include new facilities for Global Link and ACC Climate Control as well as an addition for Northwest Interiors. 

Did your employees or your products get a little wet this winter? Now is also a great time to evaluate and repair any leaks that popped up over the colder months. Ice buildup on your roof combined with the freeze and thaw in winter can wreak havoc on older screw-down roofing and cause fasteners to pull loose.

Whether it is repairs, an addition or a new building, it’s not too late to have your vision become a reality for 2015. Whether you’re out of room and need to look at your options or are considering that remodel that you just haven’t had time to think about, we are here to help your vision become reality. From concept to completion, J.A. Wagner Construction offers single-source responsibility for your project, ensuring that your focus can remain on your company.

We’d like to wish you a Happy Spring and we hope to hear from you soon with any new projects or plans you may have for your company!


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J.A. Wagner Reaches Another Career Milestone

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM


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Optronics International Remodels with J.A. Wagner

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 5, 2015 9:29:09 AM



Optronics, America’s Largest Offshore Vehicle Lighting Manufacturer, had outgrown their small leased space, so they purchased a larger existing building. This building needed to be retrofitted to meet their specific needs.  

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