Industrial & Manufacturing

Our Industrial and Manufacturing clients have requested a variety of building types including concrete tilt-up systems, steel insulated panelized systems and basic steel construction. Since each system has unique benefits, we work with each client to develop the building type that will best fit their need and budget.

These systems have been utilized in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, wholesalers, distributors, printers, nurseries, maintenance facilities, warehouses and freight terminals. Many of these facilities also have a mixed use of office and production areas.

When it comes to pre-fabricated steel design and construction, what you get is often more than what you see. The dynamic nature of pre-engineered buildings is illustrated by the appearance and function of the “metal” facilities we have built for clients in the areas of light industrial, commercial, municipal and professional office complexes. Gone are the days when a metal building consisted simply of four off-white panel walls and a roof, and owners are becoming more knowledgeable each day of the cost and flexibility advantages of Behlen structures designed by WBC.

Our lines of Behlen Building Systems and Energy Panel Systems have been incorporated into multiple projects that combined this technology with tilt-up concrete or masonry exteriors and various roofing systems. Quite often it is difficult to recognize a metal building simply by looking at it.

In 2000, WBC’s design and construction of Land of Lakes Tile received the title of National Building of the Year by Behlen Building Systems. The very next year, our M&P Utilities project received this same prestigious award.

Representative Projects

Arctic Cat Engine Plant

Built as an engine manufacturing plant for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), this 76,800-square-foot building is designed to be expanded up to 152,400 square feet. The facility features 60,800 square feet of manufacturing and office space with a 16,000-square-foot mezzanine level for office expansion. The project was a joint effort of the St. Cloud HRA and St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership using JOBZ funding. Read more

Donlin Companies

This 100,000-square-foot millwork distribution center in the Airport Industrial Park in St. Cloud, MN, features 30-foot high Fabcon precast wall panels with an interior clear span of 21 feet. It also has an EPDM roofing system. In addition to a distribution area with 14 loading docks, the building features a two-story 15,000-square-foot office space. Read more

Louis Industries

Louis Industries is a 43,500-square-foot steel distribution and manufacturing facility. The building is constructed utilizing a structural steel frame system and rubber membrane roof. The exterior walls on the manufacturing and distribution areas are 4" thick EPS Energy-Lok insulated wall panels. The office area is constructed with a wood frame system and steel lap siding. Read more

Virnig Manufacturing

The Virnig Manufacturing facility consists of 24,320 square feet of shop and warehouse space with an additional 6,400 square feet of bi-level, wood-framed office area. Read more

Bernick Companies

The Bernick Companies recently completed a portion of a multi-phase strategy that combined operations of the Barnum, Two Harbors and Duluth soft drink and beer operations. All of these sites were consolidated and relocated to create a single distribution point. Read more

Nuss Truck and Equipment

Nuss Truck Group’s St. Cloud large truck sales and service facility is a 21,800-square-foot, fully insulated, steel frame/steel building that includes in-floor radiant heat systems for the service and parts areas which is fed by waste oil-fired burners. The service area covers 13,500 square feet containing 11 service bays, 5-ton and 10-ton over head cranes, a state-of-the-art lube pit, and a wash bay. Read more

Aitkin Iron Works

Aitkin Iron Works is a 95,378-square-foot, pre-cast concrete manufacturing facility housing welding and processing operations in addition to company office space. Read more

Astech Corporation

Astech Corporation, located in St. Joseph, is a 17,000-square-foot pre-cast concrete structure housing corporate offices, a maintenance and wash area and repair bays with an overhead crane. The $1.4 million project was completed in 1998. Read more

C & L Distributing

55,000-square-foot, pre-cast concrete Budweiser Distribution facility consisting of 16,000 square feet of office space, 18,000 square feet of cold storage warehouse and 21,000 square feet of drive-thru loading area. Read more

Land of Lakes Tile & Stone

Land of Lakes Tile and Stone is a 31,728-square-foot manufacturing and office facility. The building utilizes a Behlen structural frame system with a 24-gauge Galvalume standing seam roof. The exterior walls of the manufacturing area consist of insulated concrete block and 4" thick EPS Energy-Lok insulated wall panels. Read more

M&P Utilities

M&P Utilities houses 25,360 square feet of office and maintenance space. The shop area is constructed of a Behlen pre-engineered metal system. The customized offices are housed within a structural steel frame and EIFS exterior. Read more

Medallion Cabinetry Door Plant

Medallion Cabinetry’s Door Manufacturing Plant in New Ulm, MN is a 59,375-square-foot, single-story manufacturing facility which includes a 5,000-square-foot office space. Read more

Merrill May Printing

This 85,000-square-foot printing and distribution facility is constructed with a pre-cast concrete structural frame, roof and pre-cast exterior wall panels with white cement. The 16,000-square-foot, two-story offices incorporate an elevator. Read more

Thorpe Distributing

A 75,000-square-foot, pre-cast concrete and masonry Budweiser Distribution facility consisting of 17,500 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of cold storage warehouse and 32,500 square feet of drive-thru loading area. Read more

Trail's Truck Wash and Maintenance Facility

The Trail’s Truck Service Center is a 28,000-square-foot truck service center and instant oil change station with a full/automatic truck bay. A unique feature of this building is that it utilizes waste oil burners for boilers that provide heat for the entire in-floor heating system and the truck washing equipment. The exterior walls are precast with an EPDM roofing system. Read more