Evers Retiring From Research And Testing With BlueScope Buildings North America
Kansas City, MO - BlueScope Buildings North America (BBNA) announces that Dave Evers, vice president of research and testing, will retire from the company in July 2016 after an innovative career spanning five decades.
Evers led Butler Manufacturing™ through an era of significant new product developments and enhancements, helping position Butler and BBNA as industry leaders in high-performance building systems.
Evers joined Butler in 1973 as a structural designer and attained professional engineering registration in 1976. In subsequent years, he was promoted to roles that included project leader, project manager, regional sales engineer, regional engineering manager and product integrity manager. He became research and development manager in 1986.
Evers led design and expansion of the Butler Research Center in 1997. His achievements include developing new high-performance details to ensure weather tightness of the MR-24® metal roof system. In 2009, Evers spearheaded construction of the Guarded Hot Box, the only company-owned assembly testing of its kind. He holds patents for other Butler® systems and technologies.
“We have always been able to count on the clarity and integrity of Dave’s thinking as a product development leader,” said Ron Miller, vice president, innovation at BBNA. “His stalwart and uncompromising standards have ensured the long-term performance of our systems for thousands of building customers.”
Evers’ impact reaches beyond Butler and BBNA. He spent 10 years as chairman of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) Energy Committee, providing leadership to help the industry respond to changing energy codes. Evers and his committee established performance testing and educational programs to improve and reinforce the energy efficiency of buildings.
“Dave led the effort for MBMA to begin conducting research in the area of energy efficiency, which we’ve since turned into educational tools for the industry’s builders, architects, engineers and building owners,” said Dan Walker, associate general manager of MBMA. “Under his leadership, MBMA has been able to show just how good our metal buildings are in terms of energy efficiency.”
“As an engineer, Dave also had the ability to plot a course to solve any problem. And he always recognized the importance of doing what’s right for our industry and its customers,” Walker added.
“Dave’s strategic vision, technical knowledge and leadership abilities drove strong results in product development and research activities. His thoughtful approach to challenges and his approachable style made him an ideal leader,” said Dick Jarman, president of the Buildings Division of Butler Manufacturing from 1984 to 1999. “Dave did his job exceptionally well and had a big impact on the growth of Butler and the engineered building market at large.”
About BlueScope Buildings North America
BlueScope Buildings is a business unit of BlueScope Ltd., an international steel company supplier of engineered steel building systems. For more information, visit www.bluescopebuildings.com.