Building on Tradition

VP Buildings has a living legacy that stretches back more than half a century to the founding of its ancestral forebears, R.G. Varner Steel Products and Pruden Products. With over 300 employees, and nearly 1,000 independent Authorized VP Builders in our network, and annual sales of $250 million, we are proud to continue our company’s long history of growth and innovation.

  • 1948 R.G. Varner Steel Products (later “Varco Steel”) founded in Pine Bluff, AR.

  • 1950 Pruden Products (founded by Clark Prudhon) incorporated in Fort Atkinson, WI. First manufactured products were poultry feeders and ventilation fans for farm buildings. Soon after produced its first steel building frames designed to be used with wood secondary framing systems. Mr. Prudhon stands in front of the first building erected 55 years later.

  • 1956 Varco Steel moved to new plant in Pine Bluff, AR.

  • 1967 Varco Steel built manufacturing complex in Kernersville, NC.

  • 1968 Fuqua Industries of Atlanta, GA, purchased Varco and Pruden. Established Varco-Pruden Buildings, a metal building subsidiary headquartered in Pine Bluff, AR.

  • 1969 Fuqua added fourth plant in Turlock, CA.

  • 1971 Headquarters moved to Memphis, TN. Company sold to Dominion Bridge of Montreal, Canada. Parent company named AMCA International.

  • 1980 Fifth plant added in St. Joseph, MO.

  • 1983 Acquired Stran Building Co.

  • 1985 Varco-Pruden purchased frame manufacturing facility in Rainsville, AL.

  • 1991 United Dominion Inc. purchased AEP-Span.

  • 1992 Varco-Pruden expanded internationally.

  • 1996 Varco-Pruden purchased AEP-Span from United Dominion Inc.

  • 1997 Varco-Pruden becomes VP Buildings Inc., and moves its headquarters to a VP steel-framed building in Memphis TN.

  • 1998 VP Buildings purchased United Panel Inc. and signed joint venture and technology sharing license agreement with IMSA Acero S.A., DE C.V. of Monterrey, Mexico, and Empresas IPAV S.A, of Santiago, Chile.

  • 2000 VP Buildings purchased Graham FRP Composites Ltd. of Inglewood, Ontario, Canada.

  • 2001 VP Buildings acquired by Grupo IMSA of Monterrey, Mexico.

  • 2007 Ternium acquires Grupo IMSA's assets, including Varco Pruden Buildings, Inc.

  • 2008 BlueScope Steel acquires Varco Pruden Buildings, ASC Profiles, SteelScape and Metl-Span.

  • 2010 Greensboro, NC office opened. Kernersville office closed.

  • 2013 Clark Prudhon elected to Metal Construction News Hall of Fame.

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