Summit is the Leading U.S. Designer and Builder of Protein Production Facilities.

The Journey of Summit Engineering and Construction 

 

In 1958 the parent company, FBi Buildings, was founded by Ed Bahler Sr. His son, Ed Bahler Jr, graduated from Purdue University with an Ag Engineering Degree in 1979 and joined the company. Since 1979 the company has grown nearly 50X and now includes five companies within the Bahler Group of companies. Throughout our 62 year history we continue to develop and grow.

 

ducers management strategies and help drive their bottom line results.
 
In 1958 the parent company, FBi Buildings, was founded by Ed Bahler Sr. His son, Ed Bahler Jr, graduated from Purdue University with an Ag Engineering Degree in 1979 and joined the company. Since 1979 the company has grown nearly 50X and now includes five companies within the Bahler Group of companies.
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1958: FBi Buildings

The founding company and a top 3 Post Frame Building company that builds over 350 structures a year and employs a team of over 220 team members including four engineers.

FBi Buildings Website

 

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2003: Aspen Group

The leading Designer and Builder of churches and Ministry Space in the US. They employ nearly 50 team members including 12 Architects, 3 Interior Designers as well as a full team of Estimators and Project Managers.

Aspen Group Website

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2012: Summit Engineering & Construction

The leading Designer and Builder of Protein Production facilities in the US. Summit employs over 35 team members which include Project Developers, 8 Engineers (3 Registered), Estimators, and Project Managers.

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2016: Heartland Builders

A top 2 Designer and Builder of Swine Production Facilities in the US. Heartland employees over 35 team members including Project Developers, Engineers, Estimators and Project managers.

Heartland Builders Website

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2019: Summit SmartFarms

SSF is a leading developer of People/Staffing resources to not only equip producers to affectively staff remote CAFO units, but also create energizing CAFO cultures that engage their hearts, ensure role clarity, minimize turnover and drive bottom line performance. SSF also equips barns to acquire and synthesize mission critical Data that equips Sr Mgmt and Slat Level Managers with instantaneous feedback ensuring a “Continuos Improvement” culture

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Ed Bahler - CEO

We have become experts in the post-frame construction management. Our design and engineering team was innovating constantly. We were well aware of the challenges facing protein producers. The next logical step was to form a new company with one goal: to go beyond the traditional approach to buildings in order to offer innovative, game-changing solutions.

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At the heart of our DNA is a passion to find a better way. Over fifty years ago Ed Sr framed the company vision with this quote:

 

“There’s a better way to do it, find it.”

Thomas Edison

 

Summit Engineering and Construction has demonstrated that “Better Way” through cost saving or profit enhancing designs. They also demonstrate that “Better Way” through process and technology that allow it to shrink schedules and predictably hit Schedule Milestones critical to the producer. Accomplishing the expected isn’t enough. The Summit Team is composed of passionate leaders committed to “Finding Your Better Way”.

Brian White - COO

There are numerous innovations happening at Summit, and one of the most profound is our high-level, detailed processes. Rigorous, advanced, and unlike anything else in the ag industry, these processes bring greater predictability and control to everything from structural integrity to construction cost and deadlines.

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