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Professional Building Systems Inc. / HQ: Middleburg, Pa. / Sales: $100 million / Employees: 180 / Services: Modular construction Penn State University, client: “Willing to take on new ideas, PBS worked with the team to ensure a reputable, feasible product.” The Futureof Building modular construction is gaining ground as custom elements become more popular. by karen wagner pbs proves that modular buildings don’t have to be as simple as a trailer. Professional Building Systems (PBS) and its sister company, Custom Building Systems, represent the inescapable future of building. Founded 10 years ago, PBS explains it has proven that modular construction products can be indistinguishable from the industry’s traditional stick-built structures. Whether the result is a single-family home, a multifamily building, doctor’s office or town hall, PBS has shown that modular means shorter construction time and greater control over the quality of the finished product, all at a lower final cost. “There used to be a stigma that 76 SUMMER 2010 modular homes were pretty much known as double-wides or trailers,” says Nicholas Lust, director of project management and engineering for PBS. “A lot of people didn’t understand that there isn’t much that modular construction can’t do. Yes, we have standard models that some customers start with, but most of our market right now is in custom design.” Founded so custom orders did not slow down manufacturing at parent PBS, Custom Building Systems allows the firm to have the best of both worlds. By bridging the gap between standard modular methods and custom construction, PBS has enabled both standard and custom design customers to benefit from the controlled environment of manufactured components. “As long as we’re given the time to figure out how to get it to work in our form of construction, we can make anything work,” PBS says. Faster and Better Modular construction can mean big savings in many ways, regardless of the project involved. “You can cut your construction time by about a half of the time, compared to stick building,” PBS says. Equally important, the materials

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010