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 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

 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.

Q4 2019

In Q3 2019, the Commercial Construction Index (CCI) composite score peaked at 77, the highest it’s been since the report first launched in Q1 2017. This quarter, there is a notable decline of six points, down to 71, marking the lowest score since the Index’s inception.

Revenue is consistent with Q1 and Q2 of 2019. The backlog ratio and degree of optimism reported about the market are still higher than they were from Q3 2017 to Q2 2018.

Rather than suggesting a precipitous decline, the instability between Q3 and Q4 appears to indicate greater uncertainty among contractors about what to expect from the construction market.

 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.

February 2020

February marked the sixth straight of month of revenue growth for architecture firms. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 53.4 for the month reflected the strongest growth in billings at firms over this six-month period, demonstrating a healthy start to the year through the first two months. Project inquiries and new design contracts also showed healthy gains, although both grew at a slower pace than in January. 

As public health concerns continue to grow, the economic outlook has been increasingly difficult to predict. The steep declines in equity (stock) markets reflect in part what many felt was a general overvaluation of equity prices, but also the fear that corporate profitability will suffer as more and more consumers pull back on their spending. With travel cutbacks, fewer people attending public events, and more people sheltering in place, a large segment of our economy is at risk of revenue declines. However, until there is better information on when the economy will return to more “normal” conditions, its very difficult to predict the extent of the economic fallout.