Design-Build Spotlight on Vista Manufacturing, Inc.


Vista Manufacturing, Inc., the premier name in LED lighting products, incandescent lighting products and custom LED panels for more than 35 years, selected J.A. Wagner Construction in 2013 as the contractor for their new company headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.

Tod E. Tieszen, President of Vista, reached out to J.A. Wagner for assistance in finding and upgrading an existing building in the area that would fit the company’s current needs, as well as to accommodate the manufacturer’s future growth. When those prospects fell through, J.A. Wagner proposed the development of a new site and facility for Vista.

Rather than having to conform to an existing structure, J.A. Wagner could build the exact facility that Vista’s growing business required. “Wagner came along side us and helped us with the design of the building, and even facilitated the purchase of the property with the land owner,” noted Tieszen.

Construction began in the Spring of 2013 and Vista was moved in before Thanksgiving. The 33,750-square-foot Butler® pre-engineered metal building features a two-story office totaling 8,650 square feet that contains several private offices, a large plant break room and a high tech executive conference room. The exterior of the building is modern and stylish, featuring large split face block columns at the front entrance with a glass curtain wall in a cool, solar reflective finish. Energy efficiency and low maintenance costs were important considerations. A Butler® building was chosen as they require minimal maintenance. In fact, their MR-24 roof system has a proven in-place performance of more than 40 years.

Tod and his team at Vista are currently in their second year at their new home and are enjoying every aspect of the facility. “Now that we have been in our building for some time, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a single thing,” added Tieszen.

J.A. Wagner prides itself on constructing high quality buildings and overcoming clients’ design and construction challenges. Vista Manufacturing allowed J.A. Wagner to showcase some of our best work. We also strive to provide a complete design-build package and efficiently manage the project from day one to completion.

This project is just another example of the many benefits of design-build construction. When the owner brings in the contractor in the early stages of the process, the contractor can help facilitate everything from site selection to financing to permitting. And, issues can be resolved before they become problems when the contractor is part of the design process. In addition, the owner works with the designer and builder under a single contract, making it easier and more efficient to manage the project.

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“Working with Wagner was the best decision that I could have made and your guidance was critical to the success of this project. Having the peace of mind to know that the project was well managed, both structurally and financially, by Wagner was such a blessing to Vista and we continued to grow and thrive in the midst of our largest building campaign in our company’s 35-year history”, said Tieszen.

Business relationships like the one between J.A. Wagner and Vista Manufacturing is what keeps the passion for construction alive at J.A. Wagner.


Since 1972, J.A. Wagner has been committed to a single goal: total customer satisfaction. It is our aim, with every project, to provide our client with a full view of every facet of their building’s construction process.

Over the past 44 years, we have constructed millions of square feet for hundreds of satisfied customers. This satisfaction stems from our ability to provide a conclusive plan—from start to finish—that results in completed projects on time and within budget.

Our work can be found throughout the United States. Projects in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Utah and Texas illustrate the confidence clients have placed in us to construct their facilities. Our cost-effectiveness and ease to work with are primary reasons clients have chosen J.A. Wagner for their projects over the services of local builders in these regions.

We understand that a complex construction project can be viewed as an overwhelming endeavor for our customers, but we offer the guidance, the information and the confidence to make for a smooth process and successful completion. Working together as a team, we strive to guide our clients through the construction process. We take great pride in our craft and we believe it shows. With an impressive number of repeat customers, we also believe this pride translates directly into total satisfaction….every time…for every customer.

Published On: September 21, 2016Categories: NewsTags: , , ,