Why Chief

At Chief Buildings, we believe the only thing stronger than our metal buildings are our relationships.

Consider Chief a business partner that is committed to making sure your project happens on time and within budget. With over 50 years of experience, we know how to get from the planning phase to move-in day.

That’s what makes us . . .

Trusted. Tested. True.


Often hidden behind a brick veneer or a glass storefront, our building systems are trusted by numerous national brands and local “mom and pop’s” all across America. With our tested and highly capable Network of Builders canvasing all fifty states, you always work with a local contractor that knows your market. Our unwavering work ethic means our customers can expect unparalleled personal attention, which holds true to our midwest family values.

If your needs lie in the highly architectural world of retail and commercial real estate, then we’ve got you covered. How about recreational and sporting venues? No problem. Maybe you need acres under roof for warehousing, industrial, or manufacturing purposes. That is right in our wheelhouse. We typically complete many aviation hangars and vehicle maintenance facilities for private, public and local governments every year. Simply put, our buildings are versatile, long lasting, energy efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible.

But don’t let over fifty years of past successes be the only reason to choose us. Contact Us today. We will listen to your needs and make sure that the solution we bring to the table makes sense for you. Find out the answer to “Why Chief” for yourself.

Made in the USA

Chief Buildings is a US based company. Our products are Made in the USA in our own plants located in Grand Island, NE and Rensselaer, IN. We buy our raw materials from US manufacturers just like us. Our personnel are Chief employees that work out of one of our company owned facilities. We never outsource work, especially design or detailing, and we never offshore jobs. We could do things differently, maybe even cut some costs along the way, but that’s not our only goal. Keeping jobs in our communities and abiding by our own set of standards is what defines us.

Industry Indicators

CCI Q2 2020
AIA ABI 05-20

 Commercial Construction Index (CCI)

Provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this quarterly commercial construction index is a report of the construction environment from the perspective of contractors.

Q2 2020

The Commercial Construction Index (CCI) plunged from 74 in Q1 to 56 in Q2. Two of the index’s three main indicators—confidence in new business and revenue expectations—both fell 26 points, to 50 and 44, respectively, revealing the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction industry.

Nearly all contractors have been impacted by project delays due to COVID-19, and 73% expect those delays to continue into the fall. Contractors’ confidence in the ability of the market to provide new business in the next 12 months dropped to 50, demonstrating concern about the pipeline of work.

 Architectural Billings Index (ABI)

Provided by the AIA, this monthly non-residential construction activity index is forward-looking, meaning effects are realized 9-12 months later for contractors and suppliers.

May 2020

More than one third of firms have had client discussions about changing needs for facilities in the post-pandemic built environment. Business conditions at architecture firms remained extremely poor for the third consecutive month in May. While the ABI score of 32.0 for the month was somewhat higher than the April score, it still indicates that the majority of firms saw their billings decrease yet again (any score below 50 indicates declining billings). Indicators of future work remained grim as well, and while a larger share of firms reported an increase in inquiries into new projects in May than in April, most firms still saw a decline. In addition, the value of new signed design contracts remained at a near record-low level, as firms indicated that clients are still extremely hesitant to sign on the dotted line for new work at this time.