Trident Building Systems, Inc., located in Sarasota, FL., Merges with Behlen Mfg. Co., headquartered in Columbus, NE.

Trident Building Systems, Inc., located in Sarasota, FL., has entered into a merger agreement with Behlen Mfg. Co., headquartered in Columbus, NE. Carl Petrat, President of Trident, and the current leadership team will continue to manage the daily operations of the manufacturing facility and erection crews. Tom Boal, President of Behlen Building Systems will lead the efforts to integrate Trident and Behlen.

Trident Building Systems is a family founded and owned company established in 1986. They have been providing their customers with top-quality pre-engineered and structural steel buildings from their 115,000 square foot manufacturing space. Their reputation hinges on the founding principal mission statement: “We strive to be a full-service provider of metal buildings and structural steel fabrication that consistently meets and exceeds our customer’s needs and specifications.” Annual sales were in the $25 million range for 2019.

Carl Petrat stated the following about the combined companies: “We’ve had a long run with a great group of people and now we look forward to new opportunities.”

This merger with Trident will expand Behlen Building Systems business unit and open up new regional markets with additional production capabilities.

A.F. “TR” Raimondo led a Management buyout of Behlen Mfg. Co. in 1984, returning it to local ownership in Columbus, NE. At that time, Behlen was a company with $32 Million in annual sales with significant losses, and its parent company The Wickes Corporation was in bankruptcy. Today, Phil Raimondo, Chairman and CEO leads the Behlen Leadership Team. The most recent fiscal year ended on October 26, 2019, with annual sales of $198 Million. Trident will be the 13th acquisition for Behlen since its return to local ownership in 1984. Behlen Mfg. Co., founded in 1936, has grown from the initial products developed in the garage of Columbus, NE entrepreneur, Walter D. Behlen to a global manufacturer exporting to more than 70 countries. Today the company consists of three diverse business units, including The Building Group (Behlen & Trident), Behlen Country (the nation’s leading manufacturer of livestock equipment), International and Diversified Products (grain systems, strip joining presses, and custom fabrication). Behlen also owns BMC Transportation, with more than 90 owner operators who deliver products throughout the U S. and Canada.

Additional U.S. locations include Baker City, Oregon; McGregor, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; and now Sarasota, Florida.

The Behlen Leadership Team and all Partners in Progress (Employees) welcome the Trident team and look forward to combining efforts and growing both businesses. This is a combination of two family-owned companies with a great heritage and a bright future. The Trident and Behlen leadership teams look forward to continuing operations in Sarasota as we pursue growth opportunities together. Trident Building Systems, 2812 Tallevast Road, Sarasota FL 34243, 941-755-7073,

Behlen Mfg. Co., 4025 East 23rd Street, PO Box 569, Columbus, NE 68601, 402-564-3111,