Three local Rudolph Libbe construction projects recognized in Varco Pruden 2018 Hall of Fame

February 13, 2018 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Rudolph Libbe Inc., of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has received Varco Pruden’s 2018 Best-in-Class Hall of Fame Award in the Warehouse Category for Principle Business Enterprises’ 47,000-square-foot warehouse, constructed in 2017.


Rudolph Libbe Inc. was general contractor/construction manager and GEM Inc., also of the Rudolph Libbe Group, erected the Varco Pruden pre-engineered steel building. MacPherson Architects, Inc. designed the Principal Business Enterprises warehouse project.


Rudolph Libbe also received 2018 Hall of Fame awards for the Buck & Knobby Equipment Company dealership in Holland, Ohio and the Yark BMW showroom in west Toledo.  


Buck & Knobby Equipment Co.

In 2016, Buck & Knobby Equipment Co. built its first Ohio dealership in Holland, marking a return to the Toledo area more than 30 years after relocating its headquarters to Ottawa Lake, Michigan. The 6,000-square-foot JCB dealership includes a showroom, sales and administrative offices, parts department and six-bay service shop.


Rudolph Libbe Inc. was design-build contractor. Rudolph Libbe and GEM Inc. craftspeople performed site work, concrete, masonry, carpentry and erected the Varco Pruden pre-engineered steel building. Vetter Design Group served as architect. Constructionwas completed within six months in 2016.


Buck & Knobby’s new location rents and sells JCB backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, excavators, telehandlers, skid steers and compact track loaders.


Yark BMW

The Rudolph Libbe Group constructed a new 33,815-square-foot BMW dealership for Yark Automotive Group in Sylvania Township. The building included a new showroom, sales department, offices, service area, parts mezzanine, car wash and a parking lot. The finished facility is unique, with one half a conventional steel all-glass showroom, and the other half a Varco-Pruden pre-engineered steel building that houses the service area. The showroom required underground ductwork to accommodate BMW’s desire for the highest ceilings possible. Yark BMW hosted its grand opening in March 2017.


Rudolph Libbe Inc. performed site work, concrete, masonry and carpentry, and GEM Inc. installed the building’s mechanical systems.


Varco Pruden Buildings' Hall of Fame recognizes top projects by contractors that display innovation and excellence through the integration of Varco Pruden building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use and design.  


Rudolph Libbe Inc.

Rudolph Libbe Inc. (RLI) offers a complete range of project delivery methods including general contracting, design/build and construction management. Based in Toledo, Ohio for more than 60 years, RLI is the region’s largest direct employer of skilled construction craftspeople. Markets served include automotive, commercial/retail, educational, food processing, government/institutional, healthcare, hospitality/recreation, industrial/manufacturing, metals, power/petrochemical and warehouse/distribution.


RLI is part of the Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG), a one-stop provider of construction services that range from site selection and financing to ongoing facility management. The full-service contractor, comprised of RLI, GEM Inc., GEM Energy, Lehman Daman and Rudolph Libbe Properties, operates as one team. RLG is headquartered in Toledo with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Lima, Ohio; Ithaca, New York and Plymouth, Michigan. For additional information, visit and @RLGbuilds.


About Varco Pruden Buildings

Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, Varco Pruden provides innovative steel building solutions worldwide for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. The company markets its products through a network of more than 1,000 authorized builders within the United States and Canada who combine their construction expertise with Varco Pruden's resources to deliver projects that meet customers' specific needs, on time and budget.

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