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Morton Buildings, Inc. receives Lake Land College’s Business Partnership Award

The Lake Land College Board of Trustees awarded the 14th annual Business Partnership Award to Morton Buildings, Inc. in recognition of its ongoing exceptional partnership with the college.

Morton Buildings, Inc. was presented the award for playing an integral part developing classes, offering internships and collaborating on projects with the Lake Land College Building Construction Technology (BCT) Program. 

According to Neal Haarman, BCT instructor and program coordinator, Morton Buildings, Inc. began its relationship with Lake Land College in 2010, when it started a summer internship program with Lake Land students and began working with Haarman to design a new class, Post Frame Construction.   

“Together we developed the new course and offered it for the first time during the Intersession term of 2011,” explained Haarman. “Morton Buildings provided several of their top supervisors to teach their way of building, at no cost to the college. The first year we built three storage sheds using materials and tools provided by Morton Buildings. This class was a huge success and the start of a great relationship with the company.” 

Haarman said that the partnership with Morton Buildings, Inc. offered him a way to incorporate more hands-on opportunities for his students. 

Additionally in 2012, Morton Buildings, Inc. worked with the college to build the Net-Zero Energy Building, a sustainable structure that will produce as much energy as is used by the building. The company provided seven supervisors to act as foreman and instructors during a summer Intersession class where BCT students constructed the building. 

“Morton Building’s employees went above and beyond during the three-week course by working extra hours each day to ensure that the project stayed on schedule and to give the students the best instruction possible,” said Haarman.

Lake Land and Morton Building, Inc. are currently working on a second project for the Lake Land College campus – the construction of a Recycling Center. The structure will be built under the same agreement that the Net-Zero Energy Building was. 

According to Ken Neff, Midwest regional manager for Morton Building, Inc., it is important for the company to be involved with local learning institutions like Lake Land, because it provides career opportunities for those communities that have Morton Construction Centers such as Mattoon. 

“Morton Buildings, Inc. prides itself in the quality of our product as well as the product of our employees,” said Neff. “It has been a pleasure working with Lake Land College. Everyone has been so helpful through the design, delivery and construction processes. We look forward to a continued relationship with Lake Land College and its board, faculty and students.

For more information about the Building Construction Technology Program at Lake Land College, visit: or call Haarman at (217) 234-5421. 


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