Our Story



The year was 1969. There was a music festival called Woodstock.  Mankind, represented by Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the moon. And, a first class postage stamp cost six cents. 

That was also the year George Swinford decided to take his construction knowledge and strike out on his own by purchasing a company in Wells County, Indiana.  It was called Briner Building and George decided to retain the Briner name. 

In the beginning, Briner primarily constructed commercial grain elevators, Butler® engineered grain bins and elevators, and some farm buildings.  By 1984, the decision was made to move from the agricultural focus to commercial and industrial construction, including design-build industrial Butler® Building Systems.  This was also the year Mike Swinford purchased the company from his father.  Once again, the decision was made to keep the name of Briner.

A lot has changed over the years.  Briner building has evolved from a family business to an employee partner company run by Chris Elser, Dave Dunwiddie, Bryan Harshbarger and Mike Swinford.

Today, Briner Building serves customers in northeast Indiana and parts of Ohio with quality employees, technology and construction experience from 5,000 sf buildings to over 500,000 sf industrial building systems.  Also offered, are building maintenance construction services and reroofing expertise. 

One thing that hasn’t changed is Briner Building’s commitment to excellence and quality.  Briner Building is committed to growing not only as a company, but growing the opportunities for our people and their families through improving our community.  

Our Purpose

Briner Building, Inc. will be a community and industry leader by being committed to honesty, integrity and excellence.  We will strive to “build the future” by constructing a quality building while creating a lasting customer relationship. 

We will continue to build a trust and ensure quality for the name Briner.

Your Team

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Bryan Harshbarger
President/Partner
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Mike Swinford
Chairman/Partner
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Dave Dunwiddie
Vice President of Construction Operations/Partner
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Chris Elser
Vice President of Project Development/Partner
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Dave Anderson
Project Superintendent
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Sam Laws
Project Superintendent
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Cameron Green
Estimator/Project Manager
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Laura Rhoades
Business Development/Marketing Manager
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Bryan Harshbarger
President/Partner

As Briner Building’s president, Bryan is responsible for the company’s daily operations and all of its moving parts.  Bryan is closely involved with all aspects of the Design, Build, Construction, and Development process for Briner.  Always in motion at work, Bryan also lends his multitasking proficiency to engaging in family activities and as a rugby referee.

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Mike Swinford
Chairman/Partner

Briner is known as a close-knit, family-oriented company that cares about customers and employees—this culture has been driven by Mike’s dedication to relationships.  Mike recently transitioned from the role of President and now serves as Chairman and focuses on community economic development initiatives.

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Dave Dunwiddie
Vice President of Construction Operations/Partner

Briner construction operations are the successes they are because of Dave’s leadership.  He’s responsible for managing all construction operations including Field employees, costs, schedules, materials, and equipment.   Dave began working for Briner while still a college student and has been instrumental in the company’s positive reputation and growth.

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Chris Elser
Vice President of Project Development/Partner

Bridging the gap from concept to reality, Chris is responsible for managing the design and build estimation and project management operations.  His appreciation for architecture and design is all-consuming and has led to a studious recognition and knowledge base on Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and legacy.

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Dave Anderson
Project Superintendent

Dave is known for his attention to detail and extensive construction experience. As a Project Superintendent for Briner, these facts are recognized and appreciated by customers and colleagues. Even though his job entails spending the majority of time outside, that’s where he also enjoys spending his free time. Rock climbing and outdoor family activities are on the off-duty list.

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Sam Laws
Project Superintendent

As Project Superintendent, Sam manages on-site daily operations, schedules, and project quality. He’s responsible for job site employees, subcontractors, materials, and equipment. A graduate of Purdue University, both of Sam’s children are currently attending his alma mater. 

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Cameron Green
Estimator/Project Manager

As with Bryan and Chris, Cameron is responsible for estimating and project management of prospective and active construction projects. When not calculating project scope and estimates for cost, hours, and other key elements, you’ll probably find him crafting furniture in his home woodworking studio.

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Laura Rhoades
Business Development/Marketing Manager

Laura’s primary role is as the Briner team ambassador with potential and current customers and sharing the company’s background and vision through communication and marketing activities. When not in front of a computer or attending community events, you’ll typically find her binge-watching movies at home.

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