KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2001--Butler Manufacturing Company (NYSE:BBR - news) announced today that John Holland has been elected chairman of the board succeeding Donald H. Pratt, who will retire at the end of the year as part of a previously announced succession plan. Mr. Holland will continue as chief executive officer of the company. In addition, Ronald E. Rutledge has been elected president and chief operating officer. Mr. Rutledge was also elected a director of the company, replacing Mr. Pratt.
Mr. Holland has been with the company for 21 years. He was elected president and chief executive officer in January 1999. He has had senior management responsibilities in the metal building systems division as well as previously serving as the company's chief financial officer.
Mr. Rutledge was named executive vice president in January 2001. Prior to that he served as president of The Vistawall Group since its acquisition by Butler in 1984 and has over 35 years of industry experience.
Butler Manufacturing Company is the world's leading producer of pre-engineered building systems, a leading supplier of architectural aluminum systems and components, and provides construction and real estate services for the nonresidential construction market.