Archive for June, 2014

Manufacturer of the Year

June 19th, 2014

Modern was recently recognized by the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) as Manufacturer of the Year at their annual luncheon.  Award presenter, George Jennings, read the following piece regarding Modern :




Manufacturer of the Year: Modern Building Systems

This award recognizes an outstanding manufacturer that is making world-class products, creating job opportunities and strengthening our communities. It is given to the individual or company who has been active in SEDCOR, made contributions to the industry and community and is considered a successful operator exemplifying the highest business ethical standards.

If you drive I-5 from Canada to Mexico you will always be within 30 minutes of a building constructed by Modern Building Systems.

Family-owned and operated, Modern Building Systems, Inc. is the longest continuously licensed modular building manufacturer on the West Coast. The company builds a wide variety of product encompassing healthcare, dental offices, retail, education, industrial, governmental, financial, religious, and office, including a state-of-the-art greyhound station at Safeco field in Seattle. Many of these buildings cannot be distinguished from traditional stick built buildings except that they can be ready for occupancy quicker.

Jim and Ken Rasmussen took over the reins of the company in the early 1990’s and through their leadership and innovation Modern has built several million square feet of buildings in the last 20 years, including approximately 350,000 square feet in 2013. The company employs 150 people in Aumsville.

Modern is one of 30 modular companies represented in the Modular Building Institute Hall of Fame and has been honored with dozens of national awards for their innovative and creative projects.

Modern has grown significantly in the last two decades – developing a leasing arm to their operations, establishing several sales offices along the West Coast & serving nationwide cooperative purchasing contracts. When many other modular manufacturers fell victim to the economic slowdown, Modern’s team held a strong market presence and kept employees on the production line – diversifying products, establishing a reputation for innovative problem solving, committing to Lean processes, and building LEED, sustainable structures. This culture of efficiency and stewardship has given Modern the opportunity to win a variety of environmentally-focused awards and accolades, including a Department of Energy grant to study energy consumption in modular classroom buildings and a company-wide EarthWise certification.

Modern’s owners, Jim and Ken Rasmussen, are involved in an array of business and civic organizations through the Willamette Valley – from student mentorships at Willamette University to Habitat for Humanity. The Modern staff follows this example, serving in a variety of business, charitable, and religious organizations – demonstrating their care not only in the buildings they design, engineer, and manufacture, but also in their service to the community.


“We wouldn’t be where we are today without our people” – Ken Rasmussen

We, at Modern, are honored & humbled to be recognized  by our local community for the hard work of our staff. Thank you to all of our loyal customers, vendors, employees & allies that have made Modern’s history so rich. We value you & look forward to working with you in the future.




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