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Who We Are

Our Philosophy

There's a reason we're called "the farm builders." We absolutely love working for farmers. In fact, farming is at our very core. We’re all farm kids who grew up seeing the dedication our families put in every day from dawn to dusk, and we strive to emulate that work ethic in every project we do, no matter how big or how small.

We are proud to be a full-service contracting company. We are here to serve you throughout the entire process. We have our own specialized crews who focus solely on their area of expertise, from drafting and designing to site excavation, concrete pouring, building-specific construction and electrical work. This allows us to control the building schedule and makes for a more seamless process.

But our work doesn’t end when the building is complete. We are committed to maintaining relationships with all of our customers throughout the lifetime of the structure, whether you need to have it serviced or just have questions or concerns. Above all, we know our customers and our employees are the cream of the crop. We would not be where we are today without them.

However, if you do have a problem or a concern, our team will do everything in our power to meet you wherever you are to make it right.

Summit Contracting

Our Process

From the day you think “You know, I could really use a new structure for X, Y or Z,” Summit’s team will be right there with you. Have questions? Ask. We’ll answer them. Not sure where to start? Let us put our expertise to work for you. Our 8-step construction process is set up to make the entire project go off without a hitch.

Because we are a full-service contracting company, your Summit point of contact will be one of our dedicated structure specialists who specifically focus on your type of project. For example, our grain bin specialists focus mainly on grain bins. Building specialists focus mainly on buildings, etc.

1. Determine

Once you’ve reached out to us about your project, your dedicated point of contact will work with you to determine your project needs.

2. Communicate

Our detail-oriented project managers will be in regular communication with you, keeping the process on time and on budget.

3. Customize

With specs wrapped up, structure specialists will begin to add in any customizations you might want.

4. Permit

Your Summit specialist will then advise you about any and all building permits and documents you need.

5. Site Preparation

Summit will then begin preparing your site for construction, starting with excavation and concrete pouring if necessary.

6. Deliver

A highly-trained CDL-certified driver will deliver and unload all components on-site.

7. Construction

A structure-specific crew will then begin the construction process shortly after delivery.

8. Walkthrough

Once your structure has been built, your specialist will conduct a final walkthrough with you.

Construction completion doesn’t mean Summit’s job is done. Once your structure is in place, our team will continue to check in with you to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your project.

Summit Contracting was great to work with. They were able to get the best price in the area and got my project done on time. They told me they would have my grain bin up a month sooner than anyone else estimated. And they delivered on that promise.

- Jacob

Testimonial Grain Bin

Our Team


Tyler Samuelson

President and CEO

Tyler and his wife Katy have lived in Platte for most of their lives. He attended South Dakota State University, where he earned a degree in Construction Management. After graduation, he began working for one of the nation’s largest general contractor’s before moving back to Platte to start Summit in 2009.

Since then, Summit has grown but taking care of our customers by providing outstanding, quality service has remained the company’s core value. Likewise, we know that our employees are our greatest resource, which is why we are proud to employ the very best and love to see them take pride in their own work.


Jerad Hutchens

Executive Vice President

Working on their 4th generation family farm in Nebraska, Jerad developed a strong work ethic combined with an entrepreneurial spirit; he started a lawn mowing business at the age of 10, which supported his economic independence and college education. While attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he was able to build a solid foundation in the agriculture industry. Jerad graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with a degree in Agri-Business.

Jerad’s prior work experiences, internships, customer relationships, and knowledge of agricultural science provided a robust base for working with and for farmers. Developing working relationships with customers built on foundations of similar backgrounds, morals, and interest in production agriculture continues to be of utmost importance to him. Jerad served as the regional representative for GSI-AGCO covering a 5-state territory for six years before joining Summit Contracting. In 2014, Jerad became a partner as Vice President of Grain Systems. This has allowed him to pursue his passion of business development and helping the Summit Contracting grain side of the business to now rank in the top five GSI dealers nationwide.

Jerad is proud to have his feet securely planted in the agriculture industry where he can build relationships and projects that will continue for generations. Jerad resides in Platte with his wife, Megan and three small children, Erik and twin girls Ariel and Elvee. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, snowmobiling, hunting, boating, golfing, or anything the great outdoors has to offer.


Steven Bultsma

Vice President of Operations

Having each other’s back is a core value at Summit and no one exemplifies that principle more than Steven. While his primary role is logistics and making sure everything is running smoothly, no two days are ever the same for him. Whenever or wherever there is a need, Steven is the first to jump in and help. He also orchestrates the water, sewer, concrete, and excavation aspects of Summit.

He joined Summit in 2009, still in high school and eager to learn the tricks of the trade from Tyler and his wife, Katy. Having worked with Summit since high school and earning a degree in Construction Management, Steven has an incredible ability to manage the highly-detailed, fast-paced nature of the construction industry.

A Platte, SD native, Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, who take up the majority of his time. He especially likes sharing a love of powersports with his kids.


Patrick Veurink

Vice President of Building Systems

Summit prides itself on timely construction and that wouldn’t be possible without Patrick making sure the lumberyard is operating at peak performance.

Having been in the construction industry since high school, Patrick has a profound understanding of the unique ins-and-outs of the business, which is critical as most projects start with the material he oversees.

Patrick joined Summit in 2014 after Tyler persistently told him he needed to join the family. Originally from Corsica, SD, Patrick has degrees in Construction Management and Architectural Drafting from Mitchell Technical Institute. When he’s not at work making sure everything is running smoothly, he likes to hunt, fish and spend as much time outdoors as possible.


Abby Storm

Chief Financial Officer

Every business runs on financials, and Abby keeps ours in check. Summit is committed to keeping every project on budget and Abby’s ability to crunch the numbers plays a crucial role in making that happen. She joined the company in 2015 after working for an accounting firm in Mitchell, SD. Abby grew up on an acreage near Ethan, SD. She attended SDSU, where she met Tyler, and went on to graduate from Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in accounting. Abby and her husband have become close friends of Tyler and his wife, Katy. Abby says the close-knit culture of Summit makes it feel like working with one big family. She and her husband live on a farm near Ethan, where their three daughters keep them on their toes with school and sporting events.


Corey Rabenberg

Chief of Staff

At Summit, we know that our employees are the very backbone of our company. That’s why we put our very best in charge of them. As Chief of Staff, Corey makes sure that every Summit employee has everything they need to be successful. Corey grew up just down the road in Armour, SD and spent 28 years serving in the South Dakota Army National Guard. Corey says he never thought he’d find the sort of camaraderie the military offers, but has found that spirit alive and well at Summit. He and his wife have two grown kids and one about to leave the nest, which has provided him a bit more free time which he spends on his boat on the Missouri River.

John Southwick

Nebraska Market President

John heads up the Nebraska side of things, keeping all our projects on time and on budget in the Cornhusker state. John grew up in Fairbury, NE, with a “get it done” work ethic instilled in him from an early age, which he sees flowing through Summit from the management team down through every employee. He and his wife enjoy being involved with their two kids’ activities, along with spending time outside, snowmobiling and motorcycling.


At Summit, our core values are integral to who we are. That’s why we hire people who share our principles and blend with our professional family. If your values match the following, we’d love to have a chat about bringing you on board.

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