Prime Metal Buildings and Components celebrates 25-year milestone with employee appreciation picnic.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


It was 1997 and Beanie Babies were all the craze, Google was registered as a domain name, Seinfeld was in its final season, Titanic was the No. 1 movie at the box office and the world lost Princess Diana.


The unemployment rate was 5.4%, a new home cost $176,000, the median household income was $37,000 and the cost for a gallon of gas averaged $1.22.

It was also the year when Prime Metal Buildings and Components first opened in Dublin, Texas under the watchful eyes of founders Keith Brown and the late Bud Sakraida.


Today, Prime is owned and operated by Keith and his son, Austin Brown, and just last week the company celebrated its 25th anniversary with an employee appreciation picnic for more than 400 guests.

"It is amazing to see the passion our team has for the company they’ve helped build and the camaraderie they have,” Austin Brown told Beneath the Surface News. “To say I’m proud is an understatement. To our loyal customers, what you’ve trusted us with and helped us achieve as a whole, we can’t thank you enough."


Prime designs, engineers and supplies metal buildings and manufactures everything that goes into them including roof panels, trim, wall panels, purlins, rafters and columns.

The company is an industry leader in commercial, agricultural, aviation, industrial, equestrian and residential buildings with additional locations in Bridgeport, Dumas and Kerrville, Texas.


With more than 175 employees and 260,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Prime now produces over 25,000 tons of steel per year.