Government Services History

Today, our GSA Contract allows all government agencies easy access to Butler materials and services. Additionally, BlueScope Construction provides buildings and construction services through other contracting methods to various DoD bases as part of the BRAC initiatives, standardization of design, and other government building programs.


During World War I, Butler supplied hundreds of steel truck-mounted tanks for hauling fuel to the Allied Forces.

In 1917, the military requested a 50' wide, 50' tall, 200' long dirigible hangar to house aerial reconnaissance hot air balloons; larger and heavier than anything Butler had built before. Plus, it had to be simple enough for soldiers to erect in the field. This became the first pre-engineered, large clear-span building system.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in July of 1939 that it would be accepting bids for 30,666 steel grain bins capable of holding 50 million bushels of grain. The entire grain bin industry had produced only 20 million bushels of capacity in 1938, and the bid required guaranteed delivery within 60 days. Butler won a contract to ship over 20,000 of these bins, all delivered on time. The following year, the government contracted with Butler for an even larger quantity of grain bins, which were delivered even less time.

During World War II, Butler tackled another challenge by producing steel landing mats to create airstrips throughout the South Pacific. Over 29 million square feet (in excess of 4,400 miles) of this specialty product was produced in Butler's plants. Those airstrips also required hangars, supply sheds and barracks. Based on the knowledge gained from the WWI balloon house, Butler produced 90% of all prefabricated steel hangars for the Army and Navy throughout the war.

Following September 11, 2001, BlueScope Construction worked with the Air National Guard to complete "30 hangars in 30 days" under the plans of Operation Noble Eagle. This program ultimately resulted in 44 new hangars all over the United States utilizing the resources of Butler plants and the local availability of 1,200 Butler Builders to help with site work, foundations, erection and MEP subcontracting to complete these projects in record-setting timeframes.