Graber Post Company History

The rich history of Graber Post Buildings is what makes it possible to provide good, quality products for reasonable prices.

Graber Post Buildings began in 1973 with Glen S. Graber running a 3-man Amish building crew just trying to support their families. The crew built post frame buildings, which was a rather new industry at the time. “We were just trying to make a living, and our growth just kind of evolved over a long period of time,” said Graber recently. “We’ve just had a gradual, sustained growth over they years”. In the early years, Glen would work with the crew during the day, rush home to shower and eat supper, then grab his briefcase and sell buildings to a growing list of customers at night.

In 1976, Graber built a 60 by 244 foot building to house Graber Post Buildings, Inc., on 11 acres of land sold to him by his father, Simon J. Graber. Since 1984, GPB has erected nearly 10,000 post frame buildings. Although the need for post frame buildings hasn’t disappeared, Glen once feared it would, so he expanded the business. He began buying building materials by the truckloads to save costs on materials, and thus plunged Graber Post Buildings into the retail AND wholesale markets. GPB used its own materials to build pole barns at lower costs, then sold the excess materials to other construction crews.

As the business grew, Graber made another major decision when he decided to roll form his own steel siding and roofing panels. In 1987, he invested in a computerized roll former which allowed Graber Post to purchase truckloads of steel coils and then roll form the steel into siding panels according to its customers’ specs.

The risks paid off, and the business has continued to grow. Glen never went to high school, but learned what he needed to know about hard work from his dad.

In 1993, Glen Graber was chosen to receive Indiana’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 2006 and 2007 were years of great expansion for the physical plant at Graber Post. After a devastating fire, new Truss Manufacturing and Trim Manufacturing facilities were built, giving GPB over 300,000 square feet of under roof production area.

In 2007, a new $1 Million state of the art facility was built to house the company’s offices, showroom, and Hardware Store.

The hardware store floor space was more than doubled allowing Graber Post to add inventory, increase item depth, and offer paint to its customers.Glen has handed over the day to day operations of Graber Post to his son, Jonathan, Vice-President of Operations.

Jonathan grew up in the business, working on a construction crew, sweeping up in the shop and metal buildings, and working in Human Resources. Today, Jonathan maintains his father’s philosophies of “keeping things simple, providing superior service to customers, and offering the best products at the lowest possible price. Glen is still active in the business as a senior advisor to the staff, as well as working with customers to help them be as profitable as possible.

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