The UP Companies proudly announces the promotion of Josh Knaust from Estimator to the role of Preconstruction Manager at Square UP Builders.

In his new position, Knaust works with the Director of Preconstruction to establish goals for the department and to implement best practices within the group to achieve reliable and consistent bidding and pricing outcomes. Knaust manages and mentors a team of subject matter experts within the department and works directly with field operations to seek the necessary input and information relative to UPCO’s pricing approach, field means and methods, risks and opportunities.

Prior to joining Square UP in the fall of 2018, Knaust was the owner of Gateway Drywall, Inc., based in Wentzville, Missouri. Founded in 2012, his company provided plastering, drywall and insulation services and installation.

“Josh checks all the boxes in terms of his skill set, drive, passion to win, customer focus and his team mentality,” said UPCO President Brian Arnold. “Josh will continue to play a pivotal role in the future of Square UP Builders.”