For nearly half a century, Teton Buildings has been producing high-quality, transportable building solutions. The company opened its doors in 1967 as Teton Homes, designing and manufacturing fifth-wheel recreational vehicles and drilling camps. While the business found stability for many years, the Casper, Wyoming-based business really hit its stride in 2008.
“In 2008, this business bought out a few others, allowing Teton Buildings to grow considerably,” says Greg Borysko, CEO of Teton Buildings. Over the following years, the company acquired additional assets, expanding with facilities in Houston and Bogotá, Columbia. The business now produces modular housing at all three locations. Teton Buildings’ target market includes the oil, gas and mining industries as well as commercial and institutional end users such as federal agencies and the military.
“We cater to organizations in need of modular construction solutions all over the U.S. and abroad,” says Borysko. “Our customers include modular dealers, commercial leasing companies and developers — such as commercial real estate.” With a team of 200 people working between three locations, Teton Buildings’ vertically integrated resources and capabilities ensure efficient and safe production.
An expansive portfolio
Teton Buildings’ modular structures are at work all over the world. The company’s experience includes oilfield housing, amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms and even modular hospitals. Borysko and his team are continuously pushing the envelope with unique design and function, providing end users with innovative modular products to fit a range of needs.
In South America, the team completed modular structures for an oilfield housing project. Scope of work included dormitory structures, a kitchen and a workshop with a changing room. “This is a project where we had to manufacture all steel, non-combustible buildings due to the manner and environment in which they will be used,” notes Borysko.
At home in the U.S., the company recently wrapped work for a large dormitory project in the Northwest. Challenges for this project include modularizing traditional site-built construction projects. The crew has also completed an unrelated project consisting of 87 trailers to be used as shower and restroom facilities. “This project had to be turned around in a short frame of time,” says Borysko. “We ran 20 trailer modules at a time through our line simultaneously. Coordination of materials and labor was efficiently utilized to ensure no delays during this time-sensitive project.”
The team currently has a project underway building structures for a large clinic in West Africa. “This will be a fully functioning hospital facility,” notes Borysko. “Challenges will include ensuring the modules are unloaded without incident and damage as well as moving these large modules through narrow roads that are in poor condition.”
Growing in several directions
In the wake of the recent economic downturn, Teton Buildings is making significant headway in terms of growth. The business faced challenges during the recession as the construction industry took a hit. “One of the biggest hurdles for us was that at that time, our business was focused primarily on oil and gas,” explains Borysko. “We restructured to focus on new industries outside that scope in order to succeed.”
The expansion of the company’s market has proven successful. As the economy recovers slowly but steadily, Teton Buildings has irons in the fire all over the world, in all different markets. “Our international work has been really rewarding,” Borysko adds. “We are taking American quality manufacturing and bringing it to an international market. We have also increased our work with commercial housing developers and we continue to explore new opportunities.”
As the company grows, Borysko and his team remain focused on maintaining quality, integrity and above all else, safety. The business uses a number of metrics to measure success. Teton Buildings tracks its safety record closely as well as sales figures, profit/loss numbers and customer satisfaction.
To maintain control over these metrics, Teton Buildings self performs more than 90 percent of work, subcontracting specialty trades and services. “Our relationships with our strategic partners are critical,” says Borysko. “We have to find partners that are in line not just with our financial objectives, but also with our standards of quality.”
Relationships are a focal point of the business. While maintaining rapport with customers and partners is crucial, Borysko says that the people within his business are the company’s greatest asset. “Our people set us apart more than anything else,” he explains. “We have some excellent people in our organization who understand the importance of what they offer. They take time on projects for our customers and focus on value.”
With a loyal team on board and growing connections throughout the industry, Teton Buildings will continue to pursue new opportunities in a growing international modular construction market.
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