The first MPS rigid insulation (now R-Shield Insulation) production facility opened, known as Big Sky Insulations (BSI). The founding family, the Huempfner family, has since expanded operations and product lines extensively, and still proudly owns the company today.
Our Brand Story
Family-owned and founded in 1977, Premier Building Systems (PBS) has grown under the same family ownership for more than 50 years. Originally founded as Big Sky Insulations (BSI), the company’s manufacturing and distribution focused on servicing the Big Sky region of the U.S. As ownership realized the growing demand for high performance building systems, BSI started to invest in the advancement of its sustainable construction solutions, and the organization has grown steadily since.
Premier’s ownership has been involved in pioneering the MPS, SIP and ICF industries in North America and continues to innovate new product applications. With a commitment to developing and utilizing the most efficient equipment and processes, PBS continually strives to provide exceptional value, service, and systems to their customers.
An Evolution of Innovation
BSI became one of five founding members of AFM Corp (Associated Foam Manufacturers). All were rigid molded polystyrene (MPS) insulation manufacturers, with the products branded “Foam Control.” AFM Corp served as the marketing, R&D, and quality control arm for all the manufacturing owners, and quickly became the leading collective organization for the North America MPS/polystyrene industry.
Brad Huempfner (President/owner of PBS), one of the founding family’s seven children, ran one of BSI’s MPS insulation “Foam Control” facilities in Southern Wisconsin. This manufacturing facility became a front-runner in laminating composites & insulation together for commercial roofing applications.
AFM Corp started a new product innovation committee to research product diversification opportunities for North America. With his expertise in laminating building materials, Huempfner spearheaded in the Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) research.
AFM Corp received all major model building code requirements for the United States for Structural Insulated Panels (ICBO, BOCA, SBCCI) - The brand R-Control SIPS was born.
AFM Corp has grown to 36 manufacturing locations across North America now manufacturing and distributing R-Control SIPS and Foam Control MPS Insulation.
BSI is one of the first MPS insulation manufacturers to produce 100% recycled polystyrene.
AFM develops ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) product line called R-Control ICFs (now Premier ICF).
Huempfner, now the primary share owner of BSI, purchases the ICF product line (now Premier ICF) from AFM, and managed distribution for all other AFM companies.
After more than a decade of continued growth, Huempfner purchased Premier Building Systems & the widely known “Premier SIPS” brand from Carlisle Construction Materials. Premier SIPS originally launched in the early 1980’s and had almost 40 years of expertise to add to the new organization.
Combined under common ownership, the R-Control SIPS & Premier SIPS brands are the largest and most reputable in North America - covering the western two-thirds of the United States and Canada.
AFM sold its MPS insulation brand “Foam Control,” however Big Sky Insulations maintained its MPS Insulation manufacturing facilities and teams. Big Sky’s MPS products were re-branded to “R-Shield” Insulation & Geofoam.
To streamline the Premier family of products, the ICF product line is rebranded as Premier ICF.
We aim to be the building products/systems of choice. Our vision is to inspire design and construction professionals by providing products/systems that help build faster, stronger, greener!
More than just focused on the manufacturing and distribution of high-performing sustainable building systems, the entire organization is built on a culture of respect, being customer-focused, and actively serving our communities.
Premier Building Systems' mission is to efficiently manufacture, market, and sell quality building systems and products, at a reasonable profit, while meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations.
Join us, and help make difference in our communities by creating high-performing, energy efficient, and sustainable structures.
Our Core Values
Premier’s Core Values are the critical beliefs and ingrained principles which guide the actions of our teams in everything we do.
We conduct all affairs with integrity and strive to always do the right thing.
We focus on serving our customers, both external and internal, building long-term relationships.
We unify individual efforts, at times sacrificing individual goals, to achieve a greater overall result.
We aim to reach our best potential, while serving our customers and delivering value to our organization.
We embrace change! We challenge the status quo and strive for continuous improvement.
We seek, use & share the best available knowledge to deliver value to our customers and teammates.
We treat teammates and customers with respect and dignity at all times.
We find purpose, meaning & enjoyment in our work by contributing to our organization’s mission.