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O A K Strikes A New Partnership
GRAND RAPIDS — Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. has formed a partnership with Butler Manufacturing Co. to sell and build Butler's pre-engineered metal buildings for the nonresidential construction market in West Michigan.
Owen-Ames-Kimball expects it can provide clients with reduced costs and shorter construction time frames using Butler systems and components, said Brad McAvoy, director of engineering services.
The new relationship stems from a "very successful" six-year association between O-A-K and Butler Manufacturing subsidiaries in the Fort Myers, Fla., area.
"We've seen some interest in this area with a couple of clients, and we thought it would be a good relationship to have here in Grand Rapids, too," said McAvoy.
O-A-K builds three or four Butler metal buildings a year in the Fort Myers market, he said.
McAvoy estimates Butler pre-engineered building systems and architectural products can shorten the construction time frame by about 25 percent.
Construction costs tend to be less, as well, he said.
Butler components can be used in conjunction with conventional construction materials such as masonry and tilt-up concrete, and building systems can be configured to almost any footprint, shape or size, according to O-A-K.
Butler is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.