About Us

What We Build
Lester Buildings is a leading manufacturer and builder of custom pre-engineered, post-frame building systems for farm, livestock, equine, hobby, and commercial purposes. We also sell material-only packages. What sets us apart? Three things: a professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion; customization; and value.
Where We Sell
Our buildings are available from the Eastern Seaboard to the Rocky Mountains and as far south as a line running from Oklahoma eastward through Tennessee and North Carolina. See map for details.
Our Distribution System
In general, our buildings are available through a large network of independent, locally owned Lester Dealers. In areas that surround our regional service centers (MN, WI, IL), company-employed Territory Managers oversee sales and service. Where you build determines your distributor.

Original Lester Building
Original Lester logo
1947 - 1986
Lester logo
1986 - 2004
Lester Buildings logo
Our History
Our company was formed in 1947 in tiny Lester Prairie, MN (pop. ~1, 700), when Art Schwichtenberg purchased a local steel building franchise. He named it “Lester’s of Minnesota Inc.,” and soon thereafter focused the company on a material he thought was superior: lumber. Initially, Lester’s sold only gothic arches for dairy barns. To meet demand, it quickly moved to offer complete building packages in many markets. 
Our Owners
True to its roots, Lester Buildings remains a privately held, locally owned company. Each owner-partner is a hands-on employee who values hard work, loyalty and respect. Our company takes great pride in employing generations of hard-working local citizens – with no dress code required! 
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Lester Building Systems, LLC, and Lester Buildings, LLC, reserve the right to change products and services without prior notice. Products shown in marketing materials may not accurately reflect current product offerings. Product colors are limited by viewing and printing conditions. For better color representation, please ask your Lester Dealer / Rep for product samples.