The Howell Building Company History

The Howell Buildings Company is a division of Howell Land Development LLC which was formed in ’2003. Howell Land Development currently own a 40 acre industrial park located in St. Paris, Ohio.


The experience starts with Terry Howell and his affiliation in sales and marketing in the building business. A 1970 graduate of The Ohio State University was raised in Champaign County, near St. Paris. He was raised on a dairy farm, and currently owns with his wife a 740 acre grain farm in the area. In 1974 Terry started work with Butler Manufacturing representing the Ohio territory for Butler in sales and construction of grains storage bins and steel buildings. In 1985 thru 1991 he was a Regional Sales Manager working with contractors located in several territories in the 26 eastern states.


In 1991 Terry left Butler to enter into a partnership selling Lester post frame buildings (a Butler subsidiary). In 1993 he organized his own company called Howell Timber Structures, Inc. operating out of St. Paris, Ohio and converted his representation to Wick Building Systems of Mazomanie, Wisconsin. From 1991 until closing Howell Timber Structures in 1999, the company built 330 projects in a 12 county area surrounding Champaign County in west central Ohio.


Howell Timber Structures was closed and replaced with Wick Building’s expansion into St. Paris, where they built a new plant and distribution center on State Route 235, purchasing the land from Terry and hiring him to manage their business from production and sales out of the new approximate 70,000 square foot facility on 15 acres. Terry supervised and coordinated all the planning and construction on that facility for Wick which was a $2.3 million dollar investment (photos in Business project section). After a ten year commitment and the 2009 caused Wick Buildings reorganization, Terry returned to his independent construction business.


Howell Buildings Company has been affiliated with Chief Buildings since the mid 1990′s and has sold and installed a variety end uses of steel buildings which include airplane hangars, a bulk 42,000 square foot storage facility for BioGro in Dayton, and a 40,000 square foot vegetable and storage processing building for Michael Farms in 2009, and most recently a 25,000 square foot DuPont Pioneer Seed Research Center east of Urbana.


Howell Buildings Company represents two major building product lines including Chief Buildings steel frame and has chosen to reunite with Lester Buildings for post frame and conventional structures. We are exploring the development of structural insulated panel (SIPs) for energy conservation. We focus on energy conservation and functional design.


We are excited to represent both Chief and Lesters in our west central Ohio service area, and firmly believe they both represent the best value and professional approach to enhance our marketing efforts and your buildings functionality.


We work ‘hand in glove’ with customers and prospective customers, partnering and forming a team with our customers to provide their needs while trying our best to meet their budget and schedules. Construction is not painless, circumstances and unexpected events occur, it is important to partner with people you trust! We pledge to communicate both the good and sometimes disappointing news as projects develop. Most importantly we communicate and try to avoid all the surprises which sometimes happen in construction.


We hope you choose The Howell Buildings Company to partnership on your next planned building project. We have a team of competent suppliers and sub-contractors we work with to keep your project on schedule and within our agreed upon budget.


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