Lester Buildings

Lester Buildings is a leading manufacturer and builder of custom pre-engineered, post-frame building systems for farm, livestock, equine, hobby, and commercial purposes. For over 65 years, Lester has been the go to builder for farmers and ranchers.  Today, pre-engineered wood-frame systems are one of the fastest growing construction methods for low-rise commercial buildings. What sets Lester apart? Three things: a professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion; customization; and value.

Where They Sell

Their buildings are available from the Eastern Seaboard to the Rocky Mountains and as far south as a line running from Oklahoma eastward through Tennessee and North Carolina.

Distribution System

In general, Lester Buildings are available through a large network of independent, locally owned Lester Dealers. In areas that surround their regional service centers (MN, WI, IL, VA), company-employed Territory Managers oversee sales and service. Where you build determines your distributor.


Lester Buildings was formed in 1947 in tiny Lester Prairie, MN (pop. ~1, 700), when Art Schwichtenberg purchased a local steel building franchise. He named it “Lester’s of Minnesota Inc.,” and soon thereafter focused the company on a material he thought was superior: lumber. Initially, Lester’s sold only gothic arches for dairy barns. To meet demand, it quickly moved to offer complete building packages in many markets.


True to its roots, Lester Buildings remains a privately held, locally owned company. Each owner-partner is a hands-on employee who values hard work, loyalty and respect. Lester Buildings takes great pride in employing generations of hard-working local citizens – with no dress code required!

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