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The Only In-Person Steel Industry Event of 2021 SEAA ‘Escaped to Orlando’ with erectors, contractors, and suppliers By Macie Murie


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In the Field Summing Up Safety Tips and best practices for steel erection activity

Putting Your People First Award winners share safety trends and training tips By Tracy Bennett

Member Directory


Meet the board and find members across the country.

On the Cover: Team members of High Plains Steel Services hold a pre-task meeting. The company earned World Class awards for both its safety records and training programs. Interviews with the World Class recipients provides insight into virtual training, OSHA items to be watching for, corporate safety culture, and more.



8 Perspective 10 Association News

Q Photo Gallery of 2021 Convention & Trade Show Q New Did You Know? Videos on YouTube

12 Product Focus

Q Award Submission Forms Now Open

48 Business Operations 50 Topping Out

Q New Free Hiring Software from SEAA + CareerPlug

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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA SEAA is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, and related service providers. Connector reaches both small and large contractors working in union and open labor markets.

Membership in Steel Erectors Association of America provides Safety, Education, and Productivity benefits for its members. As a trade association representing Steel Erectors, Fabricators, General Contractors, and Vendors, businesses with complementary interests gain invaluable opportunities to learn from each other.

Your Industry No other national association represents the unique interests of all steel erectors and fabricators. Members are experts in construction of commercial buildings, arenas, bridges, and highway structures. Members enjoy opportunities to network with other industry professionals at the Anuual Covention, golf tournaments, member events and training classes.

Improve Safety and Productivity Members have access to custom Ironworker Craft Training Curriculum. Studies show 24% of businesses experience lower productivity due to the lack of skilled ironworkers and welders. A better trained workforce delivers lower accidents rates, higher productivity, and increased profits.

Accredited Credentials at Reduced Cost SEAA’s NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) sponsorship means that member companies can provide industry-recognized credentials to your employees with the benefit of SEAA adminstrative support and at a lower cost to members than going direct through NCCER.

Competitive Advantage SEAA’s U.S. Department of Labor-approved Ironworker Apprenticeship Program allows members to create formal training that meets standards recognized by Federal and State governments. Pariticipation allows merit shop contractors to utilize government approved apprenticeship rates on Davis Bacon Wage Projects.

Influence Industry Standards SEAA strategic partnerships with industry groups provide member companies with industry representation with American Institute of Steel Construction, Steel Joist Institute, Steel Deck Institute, National Institute of Steel Detailing, and others.

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By R. Pete Gum

Tap Into Practical Tools & Services


t’s been less than six months since SEAA hired me to manage the association as its Executive Director. In that time, there has been a whirlwind of activity around projects that your Board of Directors had already prioritized. Not the least of which was pulling off a successful Convention & Trade Show in October after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic. For many, this was the first major in-person event they had attended in nearly two years. Something new—a reception for first timers and new members, myself included, was very well received. This is reflective of the board’s desire to increase engagement opportunities for members. Meanwhile, the Events Committee is quickly turning attention to finalizing plans for the next meeting in Charleston, S.C., in April, the location originally planned for 2020. While I’ve had lots to learn about SEAA and our members in a short time, in some ways the issues and concerns are quite familiar. I’ve spent nearly 30 years working in construction association management roles. I look forward to carrying on the strategic initiatives your volunteer leaders have been focusing on for more than a year. Their goals to increase the value of membership, expand opportunities for member engagement, and escalate visibility of the association to the industry at large are well underway. One of the most important programs available from the association, the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program, has not just been sitting on a shelf. By the end of this year, dozens of new videos featuring our own members will be complete. These can be used in conjunction with SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training or to complement your existing in-house training. Topics range from proper use of fall arrest harnesses to demonstrations of turn of nut methods to making bolted connections on structural steel. These videos are free to members.

One of the most important programs available from the association, the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program, has not just been sitting on a shelf. By the end of this year, dozens of new videos featuring our own members will be complete.

Pete Gum is the Executive Director of The Steel Erectors Association of America.Contact him at Note our new address: 353 Jonestown Rd., Ste. 207, Winston-Salem, NC 27104


Our commitment to workforce development also extends to providing members with resources for hiring. We have partnered with CareerPlug, a hiring software company that provides an applicant tracking system and best practices for hiring. Every SEAA member receives a free CareerPlug account that comes with a branded careers page, pre-built job templates, and a configured hiring process. Watch for an email explaining how to set up your account. In addition, in January we will hold our first Job Fair in Houston. Hosted by SEAA member companies, the event will include hands-on demonstrations to introduce high school and technical students to careers in steel construction. SEAA continues to maintain strategic partnerships with other industry groups, including American Institute of Steel Construction, National Institute of Steel Detailing, Steel Joist Institute, and recently we began conversations with Steel Tube Institute to determine projects of mutual interest. As a reminder, SEAA members can get a 50% discount on their AISC erector membership. You only have to show proof of membership in SEAA. Through NISD, members have access to the Detailing Guide for Steel Erector’s Safety and Efficiency, which provides info on the team, pre-drafting, and many checklists. SEAA members can download it for free. Behind the scenes, one of the board’s top priorities for 2022 is to re-write the association bylaws to reflect the current and future makeup of the association and provide cleaner, clearer direction for association management. After 50 years, the bylaws have been added to, changed, and edited multiple times, which has led to inconsistencies and conflicting language. We’ve hired an attorney familiar with association operations to start from scratch. As did many others during COVID-19, SEAA staff began working remotely. What we learned was that we can still do business effectively without being in the same physical location. We are maintaining a physical address in North Carolina (note our new address below), but staff will all work from remote locations. Finally, Connector magazine is mailed to about 5,000 steel construction companies at no charge in order to foster greater industry cooperation. However, with escalating paper and postage prices we are being forced to scale back on circulation. SEAA members always receive the magazine for free. If you are not a member, this publication is just one of the many benefits of membership. If you have questions about whether we are a good fit for you, I encourage you to give me a call.

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ASSOCIATION NEWS ■ 2022 Awards Deadlines

are Approaching

D EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Winter Board of Directors Meeting and Meet & Greet

January 20, 2022 Houston, Texas Careers in the Steel Industry Job Fair

January 21, 2022 Houston, Texas SEAA’s 2022 Convention & Trade Show

April 5-8, 2022 North Charleston, S.C.

id you know, members that are recognized for SEAA awards receive national exposure? “Winning the Class I Project of the Year recipient Hodges Erectors World Class Safety award gave our employees a sense of pride, and really encouraged them to help us improve our safety and quality,” said Jason Farris of Cooper Steel. The Project of the Year Award is for SEAA members that topped out a steel erection project in 2020 or 2021. New for next year is a category for Miscellaneous Metals, which expands recognition for projects that fall outside structural steel construction. Application deadline is January 28, 2022.  The Safety Excellence Award acknowledges SEAA members who go above and  beyond in the effort to provide ironworkers a safe place to work, and the Craft Training Recognition Award is for companies that are playing a critical role in the development of skilled ironworkers. Application deadline for both Safety and Craft Training Excellence Awards is March 1, 2022.   Beginning in 2022, three $1500 Craft Training Grants will be awarded—one to each World Class winner of SEAA’s Craft Training Excellence awards program. Winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the SEAA Convention & Trade Show, and top winners are featured in an article in Connector magazine.

■ Get Free Hiring Software from SEAA + SEAA’s Board of Directors in coordination with the Membership Committee has partnered with CareerPlug, an applicant tracking system, to better assist its members with the hiring process. “No matter the size of your company, hiring is one of the biggest challenges our members face. If you’ve never used an applicant tracking system, I can tell you from personal experience, that this type of tool helped our company streamline our hiring processes,” said Jack Nix, COO for Shelby Erectors Inc., and Chairman of the Membership Committee. Through this strategic partnership, every SEAA member will receive a free CareerPlug account that comes with a company branded careers page to showcase available job openings. SEAA members will have access to job templates, a configured hiring process to help evaluate your applicants, and access to a team of hiring experts. SEAA members will have the option to upgrade the free account to a Premium Subscription, starting at $795/year. The upgraded subscription allows for unlimited job postings to top job boards like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, GoogleJobs, Facebook Jobs, and more. It also provides access to evaluation tools like personality assessments, interview scorecards, access to free one-on-one coaching (within the first 30 days of upgrading), text messaging, and paperless onboarding.

■ Membership Renewals Due December 31, 2021 Next year SEAA celebrates its 50th Anniversary. “As we head into 2022, I’m happy to report that SEAA is growing and remains in as strong a position as ever to support erectors, fabricators and general contractors,” said Pete Gum, Executive Director. The Ironworker Craft Training Program and our DOL-approved apprenticeship program, remains one of the best benefits for members. Through our craft training program, members can also access training for riggers, signalpersons, and crane operators. Other perks include dozens of 10 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

training videos, a $1000 discount on your AISC membership, free applicant tracking software, and resources for Fall Safety Stand Downs. “To help you get the most out of your membership, we continue to offer networking opportunities at regional Meet & Greets, job fairs, new member/first timer receptions, and mentoring programs,” said Gum. Learn about other member benefits directly from our members. Visit our YouTube Channel. Membership renewals are due December 31. Renew online through the Members Only section and log in with your username and password. Or mail to our new address at 353 Jonestown Road, Suite 207, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

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Genie Lift Power “Welder Ready” System on the S-65 XC

■ Genie Demonstrates Lift Power Welder Ready System Genie, Redmond, Wash., demonstrated the Lift Power “Welder Ready” System on the S-65 XC during SEAA’s Convention and Trade Show in October. The Lift Power System puts high power output directly in the platform. This eliminates hanging cables and reduces jobsite hazard to machine stability, which is vulnerable to damage from jobsite traffic. The new generation of hydraulically driven generators, can provide industrial applications a 100 percent duty cycle for TIG and Stick welding and 55 percent duty cycle for flux core arc welding at 280 amps and 360 amps. The Lift Power System is available on all XC, J and High Float boom lifts up to 85 feet in 12 Kw for heavy duty applications, such as welding, and grinding and cutting steel. Skyjack XStep

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Product & Services


■ Skyjack Accessory Provides Additional Height Skyjack, Guelph, Ontario, has launched XStep, which enables operators to gain additional work height in tight spaces. XStep mounts on the mid-rail of the scissor lift and creates an additional 19 inches of working height. The top railing design and height provide operators with the same degree of security as a conventional platform and can be easily lowered to maneuver the unit through a doorway. It provides the safety of full height guard rails in a modular system that does not require a specially ordered machine.

■ JLG To Launch Rotary Telehandlers JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., will launch a new line of rotating telehandlers in early 2022. The new telehandler product line will initially consist of three models, the JLG R1370, R1385 and R11100 with max lift heights from 67.3 to 97.1 feet and max lift capacities of 11,000 to 13,200 lbs. “Traditional telehandlers can lift and extend loads directly in front of them, whereas rotating handlers can lift, extend and swing 360-degrees, adding a new layer of functionality during operation. In some applications, rotary telehandlers can even be used in place of three individual machines – a traditional telehandler for telescoping, a MEWP with use of a platform, and as an off-road crane to handle suspended loads,” said Rogerio dos Santos, vice president of engineering for telehandlers at JLG. 12 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA


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■ New Cordless TC Bolt Wrench from GWY GWY, Inc., Greenfield, N.H., has released a new line of Cordless TC Bolt Wrenches, which offers flexibility and increased mobility on the jobsite. The CSS 60 is GWY’s smallest battery powered shear wrench, and is capable of handling 5/8” to 7/8” bolts. The CSS 90 is a mid-size shear wrench that is capable of installing up to 1” TC bolts. The CSS-110 is the largest cordless shear available at GWY. This model can install 1” and 1-1/8” diameter bolts with ease. Depending on the model and bolt diameter, the user can tighten up to 240 bolts on a single charge.

■ Miller’s AR Welding System Provides

Real-Time Feedback

MobileArc Augmented Reality Welding System

Miller Electric, Appleton, Wis., has announced an innovative training solution, The MobileArc Augmented Reality Welding System. MobileArc provides real-time feedback on user technique to help correct errors, reinforce proper welding practices, and accelerate skill advancement prior to live arc welding. It is an affordable and easy-touse welding simulation tool designed to attract, engage and introduce students to welding through a hands-on augmented reality experience. GWY Cordless TC Bolt Wrench CSS 60

■ OTH Rigging Introduces Remote Control Hook OTH Rigging, Montréal, Quebec, has released the LudwigHook, a remote-controlled attachment for a crane hook. The attachment allows steel erectors to rig and tree steel beams into place while the remote-control can be used to auto release the load. This eliminates the need for ironworkers to manually disconnect the load. With the remote control, the user can release the hook one at a time, or all hooks at once. It is operated on a radio frequency of 915 MHz, and has a battery life of two months. To use the hook while treeing, the user can release one hook at a time with the color code on the remote. After the user sets down the first load, they can release the corresponding hook while others will remain locked, up in the air.

■ New Low-Cost Mag Drill from

Hougen Manufacturing

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By Macie Murie

The Only In-Person Steel Industry Event of 2021 SEAA ‘Escaped to Orlando’ with erectors, contractors, and suppliers

I Putting contest, longest drive, and hole-in-one challenges keep the golf tournament interesting.

Remembering Dave Schulz

n October, SEAA held its first Convention and Trade Show since 2019. This was the first time back to in-person meetings for many of the 40+ exhibitors and nearly 200 attendees who came to Orlando. Attendees leveraged every minute of their time together to reconnect and network face-to-face with customers and friends. In 2022, the annual meeting returns to its normal spring schedule. It will be held April 5-8, in Charleston, S.C. This is a special meeting, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the association. Three excursions and a Gala, to be held on the historic USS Yorktown, will make this a convention to remember. If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that nothing compares to in-person networking. No amount of video conferencing can replace the meaningful connections SEAA members are able to make at its events. Here are just a few highlights from “Escape to Orlando.” See photos from the event at com/photos/seaa_nc/albums/.

The week kicked off with the First Annual Dave Schulz Memorial Golf Tournament. In 2021, the tournament was renamed in memory of Dave Schulz, SEAA past president, who was instrumental in organizing the event for many years. As Vice President of Schulz Iron Works, Dave was passionate about safety and was a big supporter of the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program. Macie Murie is a Marketing Associate for Mighty “Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors, and association volunteers, for their support in Mo Media Partners and Assistant Editor for helping us honor our friend Dave. He is deeply missed by us all, and this fundraiser is a great Connector magazine. You can reach her at macie@ way to continue to support the safety, training, and education in the industry in his name,” said Geoff Kress, President of SEAA. 16 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA



Thank You Sponsors PLATINUM Columbia Safety Shelby Erectors Wurth Construction

In a discussion with Project of the Year winners, panelists weighed in on common issues, such as dealing with multiple mobilizations, limited site access, and special shoring.

Project of the Year Panel Discussion The 2021 Project of the Year winners participated in a panel discussion moderated by Bob Beckner, former SEAA President and Board Member. The panelists included Jorge Amador and Jeff Justice of Hodges Erectors, Michael Mulsow of FM Steel Construction, Steve Bean and Ronald Beveridge of United Steel, and David Deem and Colby Tribble of Deem Structural Services. Beckner asked the panelists to weigh in on common issues, such as dealing with multiple mobilizations, limited site access, and special shoring. Following the discussion, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. “Talking about these projects in a panel discussion is a great way to take advantage of the lessons learned on a project for the benefit of all members,” said David Deem, President of Deem Structural Services. “Often, success on a complex project is about sequencing and anticipating problems. It’s critical to get buy in from the general

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New members and first-timers met the board and networked with each other at a special reception.

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This was a new format for the Project of the Year presentation, and people seemed to really like the interactive discussion,” said Drew Heron, of Empire Steel and Vice Chair, Awards Committee.

contractor early for pre-planning,” he said. Jorge Amador, President of Hodges Erectors, stressed the importance of building relationships with other sub-contractors. “Establishing a relationship with specific fabricators is critical to our success. We don’t just work with anyone. Those relationships

contribute to good working partnerships,” he said. “This was a new format for the Project of the Year presentation, and people seemed to really like the interactive discussion,” said Drew Heron, of Empire Steel and Vice Chair, Awards Committee. 2022 Project of the Year submissions are due January 28, 2022 for projects that topped out in 2020 and 2021. Three other education sessions covered a variety of topics. Lee Pieleat of Pioneer Steel Services discussed the continuous changes to AISC Certification requirements. Estimator and Project Manager for Peterson Beckner Industries, James Byrum, gave a presentation on the importance of careful sequencing, temporary shoring, detailed erection planning, and collaboration with the design team. A presentation by Stephen Safran, of Safran Law Offices, focused on defending an OSHA citation if it involves supervisor misconduct. He instructed attendees on how to build a supervisor misconduct defense, where the employer can argue that the foreman or supervisor engaged in unforeseeable or unpreventable misconduct.

Getting to know New Members 2021 has been a year of tremendous growth for the association. “We have added more new members to date in 2021 than in any other single year since we started tracking the data,” reported Jack Nix, of Shelby Erectors and Chairman, Membership Committee. The Membership Committee hosted a special networking event for new members of the association and first-time convention attendees. Jack Nix, Chairman of the Membership Committee, said the event was well received by attendees. “It gave people who were new a chance to meet the board and to learn how to get the most out of their membership. We want to help our members grow and succeed in this industry. That’s what the association is all about,” he said. Alex Hogan, Sales Manager for Malta Dynamics, was impressed by the amount of passion the association leaders have and their willingness to help its member companies grow. “From the start, everyone at SEAA has been open and willing to share their knowledge on what the industry has to offer, especially to young professionals,” he stated. The Board of Directors and Membership Committee look forward to continuing this new tradition at future events. 18 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Trade Show and Live Demos Nearly a dozen exhibitors provided hands-on demonstrations at the indoor and outdoor trade show. Demos were offered as an added value to exhibitors at no additional charge. “Hands-on demonstrations are really appreciated by our members, and for a small trade show, this is something that really sets the event apart,” said Carrie Gulajan of Construction Insurance Agency and Chairwoman, Events Committee. Seeing new products and learning about new tools is a key benefit of attending the Trade Show.

Inside demos included a timed harness challenge from Malta Dynamics that allowed attendees to see how fast they could put on a fall protection harness. Michael Mulsow of FM Steel Construction, put on the harness in a whopping 13 seconds, winning the challenge and a new Malta Dynamics Warthog Tongue and Buckle Harness.

The chance to try out products and equipment makes the Trade Show an interactive experience.

OTH Pioneer Rigging showcased its LudwigHook remote controlled attachment for a crane hook. This technology eliminates the need for ironworkers to manually disconnect the load, and instead allows them to use a remote control to release the load. Outdoors, attendees were able to get hands-on with a variety of equipment—an Altec crane, boom lifts from Genie and Skyjack, a Magni telescopic handler, hands-free communication system from SpeakEasy, as well as welding equipment from Miller Electric, Lincoln Electric, and Red-D-Arc.

Outdoor demos featured big equipment: cranes, boom lifts, and a telehandlers, as well as welding and communication tools.

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Summing Up Safety Tips and best practices for steel erection activity


ix times per year, SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee shares best practices and safety reminders for industry professionals. In 2021, the two most popular topics based on email engagement had to do with fall prevention and rigging. Each Safety Flash article contains additional resources for managers. Read the full content in the Safety Flash archive at

Want to receive Safety Flash emails in 2022? Click the Subscribe link under the News section.

1. Focus on Fall Prevention Training By Mike Quinn, MAS Building & Bridge, Inc.

SEAA annually supports the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. In 2021, SEAA launched a landing page of resources, which included 7 Tips from a Steel Erector on how to get most from your Stand-Down. According to 2019 BLS data, there were 1,066 fatalities in construction. Among structural iron and steel workers, the fatality rate is 26.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. While the data does not indicate how many deaths in the steel construction segment were caused by falls, this is a known risk. Working near leading edges and at height is part of the job of an ironworker. Get resources at

2. The No. 1 Rigging Mistake Taking Place on Construction Sites

By Scott Seppers, Trivent Safety Consulting

A common rigging mistake seen on the jobsite is failure to properly account for sling tension. Sling tension occurs when the slings are rigged at an angle; this directly affects capacity. The same misunderstanding of sling angle on capacity often happens when basket hitches are rigged to a single attachment point, whether the sling is vertical or at an angle from the center of gravity. Photo Credit: Industrial Training International 20 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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3. Multiple Lift Rigging, What Can You Tree? By Bryan McClure, Trivent Safety Consulting

Multiple Lift Rigging (Christmas-Treeing), is allowed only for steel erectors, and it’s important to know the criteria and regulations to perform safe lifting operations. To be in compliance with OSHA, steel erectors may “tree” steel beams, bar joists, and girders, but not other materials such as decking, pallets of CMU blocks, or portable toilets. Multiple lift rigging, when done properly, is a safe and effective method for decreasing the number of total crane swings and employee exposure on the steel while connecting.

4. Ladder Safety Tips By Kevin Muldoon, Mazzella Lifting Technologies

The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) reports that more than 500,000 people in the United States are treated for ladder injuries and 300 people die every year. Ladder safety training is often overlooked, but remember when you climb a ladder you are placing yourself at height. Not to be taken for granted, if ladders are used regularly by employees, it’s a good idea to include ladder safety in daily safety meetings. . .

5. Preventing and Treating Heat-related Illness By Jeremy McAllister, Gardner-Watson Decking

Heat-related illness can take on five forms—rash, cramps, syncope, exhaustion, and heatstroke. All employees should learn how to recognize a victim of heat-related illness. Preventative strategies include, establishing a shaded break area, providing ice, water/sports drinks, and issuing protective clothing/cooling towels. Companies can limit employee heat exposure through well planned work and rest schedules.

6. What You Need to Know About Crane Operator Evaluations

By Bryan McClure, Trivent Safety Consulting

In April 2019, the final piece of the OSHA Cranes & Derricks Standard 29CFR 1926.1400 came into effect. It requires employers to conduct evaluations of crane operators to ensure that they are certified and qualified. If an employer is not conducting evaluations of their crane operators, they are not in compliance with OSHA.


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By Tracy Bennett

2021 TRAINING AND SAFETY EXCELLENCE WINNERS TRAINING World Class Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC High Plains Steel Services


Putting Your PEOPLE


Award winners share safety trends and training tips

Shelby Erectors Ironworker Skills Institute

Gold Gardner-Watson Decking

SAFETY World Class Cooper Steel Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC

“We believe our people are our most important resource,” says Jason Farris of Cooper Steel.


s part of SEAA’s strategy to expand benefits for members, the Safety & Education Committee now annually recognizes member companies for implementation of craft training programs and achieving exceptional safety records. This is the second year for the awards. The next deadline to submit is March 1, 2022. Apply online at

awards. In 2021, five companies received the Craft Training Excellence award and nine companies received the Safety Excellence Award. In all, four of those companies received both awards, an indication of how inter-related training and safety are. Profiled here are the companies that received World Class recognition, the highest level. See list of all winners (left).

FM Steel, LLC High Plains Steel Services

Premier Black Cat, LLC Gardner-Watson Decking Quality Steel Services

Gold Pro Steel Erectors

Tracy Bennett is Managing Editor of Connector and Principal Partner of Mighty Mo Media Partners, a marketing consulting firm. Her technical expertise is in construction, lifting equipment, and workforce development.

Training Trends Applicants are evaluated on the portability of credentials, availability of apprenticeship programs, training, and recruitment efforts. Evaluations are made in comparison to other companies of similar size, based on the number of ironworkers employed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Both award-winning companies are based in Colorado. Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC (DGC) employs about 150 people, while High Plains Steel Services has under 30 employees. Both companies also received World Class recognition for its safety records in 2020. DGC, a member of Ironworkers Local 24, is based in Henderson, Colo, working primarily in the Midwest and Western United States. Established in 1977, DGC offers pre-construction, steel fabrication and erection, engineering and detailing services, as well as pre-cast concrete and metal decking construction. Among the company’s highest profile jobs to date are the Pepsi Center (now called the Ball Arena) in Denver, which is home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. They also helped build the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Founded in 2012, High Plains Steel Services, LLC of Windsor, Colo., is an erector with full-service structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication and industrial coatings divisions, working primarily in the Rocky Mountain region. The company also owns and maintains its own fleet of cranes. In 2017, High Plains uses an NCCER Industrial Ironworker Apprenticeship Program, which is a registered and certified Department of Labor apprenticeship program. Connector caught up with DGC’s Corporate Safety Director Ed Valencia and Kris McLean, President of High Plains Steel to ask about recent trends in training.


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4 Contract Class Categories for Erectors



NEW! Miscellaneous Metals Category for decking, fabrication, ornamental metals, etc.

Open to Union and Open-Shop SEAA Members in good standing.


Winners selected by independent panel of judges.


24 month Topping Out Period. Jobs completed Jan. 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 are eligible.


Excellence Q

3 Categories based on Number of Ironworkers employed


World Class, Premier, and Gold Level Recognitions


Based on training provided in the 2021 Calendar Year


Open to Union and Open-Shop SEAA Members in good standing.


Winners selected in blind presentation by SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee


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Excellence Q

World Class, Premier, and Gold Level Recognitions


Based on safety metrics for the previous year.


Open to Union and Open-Shop SEAA Members in good standing.


Winners selected in blind presentation by SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee SUBMISSIONS DUE MARCH 1, 2022

Team members of High Plains Steel Services participate in pre-task meetings every day for both fabrication and erection activities.

on a project is managing the schedule. To mitigate that, pre-planning is essential. In fact, pre-planning is among DGC’s four guiding principles when it comes to safety. We consider this to be the most crucial aspect to creating a safe and productive project. Jobsite safety planning is This is the second year in a row that High Plains Steel Services has as important as planning received World Class recognition for Craft Training. for production schedules, manpower and logistics. What lessons did you learn in 2020 about Our structural engineers create detailed plans virtual training? for shoring systems, erection procedures Valencia: Virtual training is a great way keep and critical lifts. A key part of this for us, employees moving forward in safety perfor- the subcontractor, is working for a reputamance, but employees still need face-to-face ble controlling contractor who will provide time and hands-on training for complete level and stable boneyards and a clean and training. organized project. McLean: It works! However, not for every type McLean: We religiously have pre-task meetof training. We have shifted from no virtual ings with fabrication and erection teams training to doing training that way 30 to 40 before pre-task meetings with fabrication percent of the time. This saves both time and erection teams before starting work each and money, and it aligns with our focus on morning. Daily tasks and safety becoming 100% digital in other areas of our risks are identified and all employcompany. In 2020, we leveraged Tekla Power- ees sign off before starting work. Fab and other software to become paperless This ensures that all employees in all aspects of management, quality control, know the intent of the work to be safety, shop production, and erection. completed and all potential risks. Studies show that the first four hours of a shift is when workers are most likely to suffer traumatic injuries. How important are daily safety meetings in relationship to mitigating risks at the start of the day? What do you do to keep safety meetings engaging, informative, and productive? Valencia: In my opinion, the No. 1 hazard

are a bit up in the air regarding best practices, which is frustrating. (Editor’s Note: As of 11/05/21, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard for employers with 100 or more employees, which had a comment period that was open until 12/06/21.) Did you participate in the 2021 Stand Down to Prevent Falls? If so, what is the value of doing “stand downs”? Do you ever do this for other topics besides Fall Prevention? Valencia: Yes,we participate in it every year. Last year we also created a campaign to raise awareness about pinch points and hands safety to bring awareness to a problem we were observing. McLean: Yes, all of our erection crews participated in the Fall Prevention Stand Down. These events are not much different from our usual weekly safety meetings, however , I do think it’s good to have a spotlight on the risks we face. It takes the day-to-day monotony of safety meetings and mixes it up a bit.

Are there any new OSHA regulations or changing standards that are on your radar? If so, how will you address this through training? McLean: Yes, the big one is pending vaccine mandates. Until we get a clear direction from OSHA, we


At Derr & Gruenwald Construction, project managers and superintendents lead the safety program as they manage the project.

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Safety Depends on Maintaining a Stable Workforce The Safety Excellence Award was issued to nine SEAA members in three categories for achieving excellent 2020 safety records. Recipients were selected based on evaluations of their EMR ratings, OSHA 300A statistics, and safety program processes over the last three years. Scoring was based on points assigned to a multi-criteria analysis, and conducted in blind review by members of SEAA’s Safety & Education Committee. Four companies achieved World Class recognition. In addition to DGC and High Plains Steel Services, also profiled for their Training Excellence, are Cooper Steel and FM Steel Construction, LLC. Connector interviewed each company to get a look inside their safety culture and understand the best practices they are applying. The following individuals were interviewed. ❚ Jason Farris, VP of Safety Compliance, Cooper Steel, Shelbyville, Tenn. ❚ Ed Valencia of DGC ❚ Michael Mulsow, Director of Operations, FM Steel Construction, LLC, Gilbert, Ariz. ❚ Kris McLean of High Plains Steel How would you describe the safety culture at your company? What role does the C-Suite or other leaders play in driving the safety culture at your company? Farris: Cooper Steel’s culture is based on our Core Priorities 1-Safety, 2-Quality, then 3-Production. We continuously look for ways to improve in all three areas, but we never stray from that order. We believe our people are our most important resource. For that reason, feedback on safety concerns travel both ways, top down and bottom up. Everyone is involved in improving the safety culture. The C-Suite sets the tone with our Core Priorities, and they are actively involved in our safety culture. All jobsite safety audits are reviewed weekly by executive management. The safety department meets bi-weekly with executive management to discuss the direction of our safety program and what roles we all can play to ensure we are always improving. We are continuously seeking feedback from all levels throughout the company on how we can become stronger and safer. This information is shared with all levels of management. Valencia: At Derr & Gruenewald, project managers and superintendents lead the safety program as they manage the project. This means they apply safety planning to the specific situations of that job. Mulsow: As a newer company, we have a lot of younger guys that all seem to welcome safety without hesitation. And management believes in leading by example.

McLean: We have a safety committee that reviews every reported injury and updates policies accordingly. The safety committee members include all of our executives, HR Manager, and Operations Managers for both our Fabrication and Erection Divisions, Safety Manager and our Insurance Brokers Safety Manager, as well as myself. We analyze policy, near misses, changing regulations, and injuries to make sure we are staying on top of trends and keeping our team safe.

Testing equipment used by DGC to confirm fall distances in drop testing.

Falls are the biggest risk for steel erectors. Are there other risks that are on your radar, and what best practices can you share? Farris: Ensuring employees new to the industry are getting the proper training is a priority for fall prevention. We study plans for the project ahead of time to make sure the proper fall protection systems are in place. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-planning so our crews have the proper equipment they need to perform their jobs safely.


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During a Topping Out Ceremony, the Cooper Steel team celebrates safety on the job site.

Cooper Steel’s culture is based on its Core Priorities: 1-Safety, 2-Quality, then 3-Production. Valencia: We recently built a research and training tower that we use to conduct drop tests on all the equipment we specify to confirm fall distances and to ensure that the systems work. For example, we drop tested our test weight on a 10 ft cable anchorage basketed around a beam with an 8 ft SRL; the system failed and the weight hit the ground. Of course, we also always follow the manufacturers recommendations. In addition, we are in the process of developing rescue training to complete our fall protection training curriculum. Mulsow: Fall prevention always comes down to proper tie off. We use outside safety training from Trivent Safety Consulting for all employees before allowing them to get up on the steel. McLean: Lately, the use of cut off disks has been a hot topic in our organization. Traditionally, a cutting torch is used in the field, however, over the last 10 years we are seeing greater adoption of cutting disks across the industry. This practice is contributing to the bulk of our near misses and incidents. After talking with other safety professionals, it sounds like these cut off disks easily fragment, becoming like shrapnel when one flies apart.

Valencia: Besides following all state mandates, we created an awareness campaign. Mulsow: Most of the time, employees were able to work six feet apart. The biggest struggle was when two workers were in the platform of a boom lift or scissor lift. In those situations, face shields and masks were required. McLean: Initially we created a COVID 19 Safety Policy which outlined mask wearing, reporting of sickness, return to work policies, etc. It has been revised a couple times in the last year and a half due to changing circumstances. We are currently approaching new regulations, such as vaccine mandates, on a project-by-project basis until OSHA provides a final determination. Looking ahead to 2022, all four men agreed that the biggest safety challenge they face is

related to having enough qualified workers. “Maintaining a properly trained workforce is a constant challenge,” said Farris. The key is finding a good balance of new employees working with experienced employees. Mulsow agrees. “It is difficult to keep up with training as we constantly hire new workers to meet the labor demands,” he said. Related to safety issues caused by a labor supply shortage, McLean says that finding ways to reduce turnover is integral to achieving good safety records.

How did you navigate new safety requirements around COVID-19 protocols on job sites? Farris: Sharing tools was prohibited unless they were disinfected between use, and employees disinfected their tools and equipment daily. We found that face masks greatly increased heat stress in the warmer months, so when it was an option, we chose to maintain social distancing rather than wearing face masks. We also moved employees into separate hotel rooms to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID. 30 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

FM Steel’s management believes in leading by example when it comes to safety.


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SEAA BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Geoffrey Kress, President Gardner-Watson Decking,Inc. Oldsmar, Fla.

Geoff Kress has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, including serving as treasurer for many of those years. In 2011, he was honored as the SEAA Person of the Year. Other service includes work on the Canvass Committee that wrote the 2011, 2017 and the current review for 2022 SDI-QA/QC standard for installation of steel deck. Geoff currently presides as President of SEAA and President of Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. and Gardner-Watson Studs. Together, these combine to provide full turnkey service for decking and studs, working on projects throughout the United States.

David Deem, President Elect Vice President, Industry

Carrie Gulajan, Vice President, Associate Member

Deem Structural Services Longview, Texas

Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Manassas, Va.

David Deem served on the SEAA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and again beginning in 2016. He has been active in the association since 1995. David is president of Deem Structural Services LLC, an AISC Advanced Certified Steel Erector, which was founded in 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in the steel erection industry, and is a strong advocate for the advancement of industry quality and safety standards via education of personnel, and the promotion of organizations such as SEAA, AISC, and NISD. Among the technical publications he has assisted in writing are Detailing Steel for Value and Safety and Detailing Guide for the Enhancement of Erection Safety.

Chris Legnon, Secretary

Greg Phillips, Treasurer

Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc. Shelbyville, Tenn.

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn gphillips@titansteelerectors. com

Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015. Since then he has also served as Marketing Committee Chairperson (formerly Media Committee). He started his career in the steel industry as an intern with Cooper Steel in 1999, where he is now Vice President of Strategic Planning. Cooper Steel is an AISC Certified Fabricator and Erector that also provides estimating, project management, and detailing services from offices in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Greg Phillips has served as Treasurer of SEAA’s Board since 2018, and he also serves on the Membership Committee. He is a third-generation steel erector, who started his career working in the field at his father’s company. Phillips started Titan Steel Erectors in 2013, a steel and pre-cast erector serving he Mid-South.


Carrie Gulajan was elected to the SEAA Board of Directors in 2011. She has been active in the industry since 1989, serving as Events Committee chairperson and supporting the efforts of the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament for many years. She also serves on the Finance Committee. In 2015, she became the first woman to receive SEAA’s Person of the Year award. Construction Insurance Agency provides property and casualty insurance for specialty and artisan contractors, builders risk, bonds, and risk management consulting.

Stephen Burkholder, Immediate Past President S&R Enterprises, LLC Harrisburg, Pa. sburkholder@srenterprises. com

Stephen Burkholder serves on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President. Steve is president of S&R Enterprises, a steel and precast erector operating in the Continental United Sates and Caribbean. The company is based in Harrisburg, Penn., and maintains a secondary office in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SEAA BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dave Brown 2020-2022 United Rentals Charlotte, N.C. Long Range Planning, Events

Richard Bostick 2021-2023 Piedmont Structural Co. Salisbury, NC rbostick@

Marc Cox 2021-2023 Gardner-Watson Decking Inc. Oldsmar, Fla. Safety & Education

Drew Heron 2020-2022 Empire Steel Humble, TX Chairman, Awards; Events, Membership

Tom McAleese 2021-2023 Indusco Group Baltimore, MD tmcaleese@ Events

Bryan McClure 2020-2022 Trivent Safety Consulting Westminster, Colo. Chairman, Safety & Education

John (Jack) Metcalfe 2020-2022 National Institute of Steel Detailing Livermore, Calif. Long Range Planning

Nicholas Morgan 2020-2022 Adaptive Construction Solutions Houston, Texas Safety & Education, Long Range Planning

Jack Vernon Nix, Jr. 2021-2023 Shelby Erectors, Inc. Davie, Fla. Chairman, Membership; Finance

Duke Perry 2021-2023 Gardner-Watson Studs, LLC Oldsmar, Fla. Finance, Events, Membership

Glen Pisani 2021-2023 MAS Building & Bridge Inc. Norfolk, Mass. gpisani@ Vice Chairman, Marketing, Long Range Planning, Membership

Tom Schlickbernd 2019-2021 Vulcraft/Verco Group Alpharetta, GA Convention, Membership

Cindy Schulz 2019-2021 Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Raleigh, N.C. cindy@ Events, Long Range Planning

Jim Simonson 2020-2022 Steel Service Corp. Jackson, Miss. simonson@ Long Range Planning, Marketing

Ed Valencia 2020-2022 Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC Brighton, CO evalencia@ Safety & Education, Marketing

Sherrie Wilkinson 2019-2021 L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Gambrills, Md. swilkinson@ lrwillsonandsons. com Events

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ABBREVIATION & ICON KEY AISC CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS FOR FABRICATORS & ERECTORS: BU: Certified Building Fabricator (previously noted as acronym "STD") SBR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Simple IBR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Intermediate (Major) ABR: Certified Bridge Fabricator - Advanced (Major) CBR: Major Steel Bridges CPT: Certified Metal Component Manufacturer HYD: Certified Metal Hydraulic Fabricator CSEA: Certified Erector (Advanced)

AISC CERTIFICATION ENDORSEMENTS: SPE-P1: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Enclosed SPE-P2: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Covered SPE-P3: Sophisticated Paint Endorsement - Exposed FCE: Fracture Critical Endorsement BEE: Bridge Erection Endorsement SEE: Seismic Erection Endorsement MEE: Metal Deck Erection Endorsement SEAA/NCCER Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $10-UP MILLION Bracken Construction Company, Inc. Chris Bracken P.O. Box 1707 Ridgeland, MS 39158 P: 601-922-8413 | F: 601-922-8428 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Deem Structural Services LLC David Deem 109 Benny Street Longview, TX 75604 P: 903-236-7800 | F: 903-236-7049 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC Ed Valencia 11100 E 108th Ave Brighton CO 80601 P: 303-287-3456 | F: 303-287-3459 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Empire Steel Erectors, L.P. Drew Heron P.O. Box 3653 Humble, TX 77347 P: 281-548-7377 | F: 281-548-2744 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. Geoff Kress 300 Scarlet Boulevard Oldsmar, FL 34677 P: 813-891-9849 | F: 813-891-4105

J.C. Steel Erectors Corp. Kristopher Amplo 1255 Lakeland Avenue Bohemia, NY 11716 P: 631-563-7880 AISC Certifications: CSEA

JPW Structural Contracting, Inc./JPW Erectors Jody Wozniczka 6376 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13206 P: 315-432-1111 | F: 315-432-8202 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Kinsley Construction Inc. Bobby Chenault 3900 East Market Street York, PA 17402 P: 717-757-8761 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Lexicon, Inc. Viji Kuruvilla 8900 Fourche Dam Pike Little Rock, AR 72206 P: 501-490-2300 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

LPR Construction Company Jeffrey Pigue 1171 Des Moines Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-663-2233 | F: 970-663-2073 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

MAS Building & Bridge, Inc.

S & R Enterprises, LLC Stephen Burkholder 7385 Allentown Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17112 P: 717-652-3080 | F: 717-652-3081 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

SCW Contracting Kirt Bjoin 2525 N. Old Highway # 395 Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-1308

Shelby Erectors, Inc.

Apex Steel Corp Mike Reeves 301 Petfinder Lane Raleigh, NC 27603 P: 919-362-6611 | F: 919-362-6664 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Ben Gravett Enterprises/ BG Crane Services Matt Gravett 11921 Elk Run Road Catlett, VA 20119 P: 540-788-4894 | F: 540-788-9765 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Glen Pisani 18 Sharon Avenue Norfolk, MA 02056 P: 508-520-2277 | F: 508-520-2276 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

Jennifer Nix 4575 Oakes Road Davie, FL 33314 P: 954-275-3123 | F: 888-818-9108 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Building Zone Industries

Memco LLC

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC

D & E Steel Services, Inc.

Victor Gomez 13324 Cedar Run Church Road Culpeper, VA 22701 P: 540-825-6527 | F: 540-825-6011 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Greg Phillips P.O. Box 999 Munford, TN 38058 P: 901-274-4992 | F: 901-274-4401 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Travis Miller 11084 Leroy Drive Northglenn, CO 80233 P: 303-427-4804 | F: 303-427-6285 AISC Certifications: CSEA

United Steel, Inc.

Gardner-Watson Studs, LLC

Glen Corneau 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 06108 P: 860-289-2323 | F: 860-289-6350 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Duke Perry 300 Scarlet Blvd Oldsmar, FL 34677 P: 813-891-9849 | F: 813-891-4105

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc.

Jason Garrison P.O. Box 626 1122 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-4766 | F: 205-884-4765 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Mid Cities Erectors, LLC Scott Brooks P.O. Box 162984 Fort Worth, TX 76161 P: 817-306-0962 | F: 817-306-0976

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. Bob Beckner 7460 Warren Parkway, Suite #205 Frisco, TX 75034 P: 214-423-2100 | F: 214-423-2127 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc. Paul Kollman 7805 Progress Court Gainesville, VA 20155 P: 571-248-6890 | F: 571-248-6894 AISC Certifications: CSEA

RBD/Hale Steel, LLC Robert Hale 15306 S Alexander RD Alexander, AR 72002 P: 501-904-5555 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Art Williams P.O. Box 1770 Manassas, VA 20108 P: 703-335-7800 | F: 703-335-7852 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION Alliance Riggers & Constructors, Ltd.

David Darger HC 65 Box 340 Kanarraville, UT 84742 P: 888-509-2280 | F: 888-849-9592

Garrison Steel Erectors, Inc.

Group Steel Erectors, Inc.

Phillip Cordova 1200 Kastrin Street El Paso, TX 79907 P: 915-591-4513 | F: 915-593-4718 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Ben Wadlington P.O. Box 61 Dickson, TN 37056 P: 615-441-4934 | F: 615-441-4935 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

American Steel & Precast Erectors/ ASPE-South

David Harris 615 Old Smithfield Road Goldsboro, NC 27530 P: 919-734-3620 | F: 919-734-2267 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Josh Cilley P.O. Box 185 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-6311 | F: 603-547-2770 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, MEE/CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

Harris Steel Erectors, Inc.

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Sherrie Wilkinson P.O. Box 227 Gambrills, MD 21054 P: 410-987-5414 | F: 410-987-2540 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Mechanical Industries Inc. Jerry Miranda 314 Yampa Street Bakersfield, CA 93307 P: 661-634-9477 | F: 661-634-9460 AISC Certifications: BU

Piedmont Structural Company Richard Bostick 1432 North Lee Street Salisbury, NC 28144 P: 704-738-0060 | F: 704-738-0064 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Pro Steel Erectors II Inc.

Vern Nix 21005 Taft Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 P: 954-437-9998 | F: 954-437-3169

Williams Erection Company

Cubas Welding Construction Inc

Frank Williams III P.O. Box 756 Smyrna, GA 30081 P: 770-436-1596 | F: 770-438-8143 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

Wilson Cubas 5312 Elcar Drive Charlotte, NC 28214 P: 704-668-4987

V & M Erectors, Inc.

Woodward Steel Group John Corbello 1000 S. Jeff Davis Pkwy New Orleans, LA 70125 P: 504-822-6443 AISC Certifications: CSEA

ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION Big Boy’s Steel Erection, Inc.

Scott Sappington 6714 W. Frier Dr. Ste. 104 Glendale, AZ 85303 P: 623-825-3078 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

John M. Gerst 11843 Missouri Bottom Road Hazelwood, MO 63042 P: 314-731-4157 | F: 314-731-5598 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

R&J Steel Erectors, LLC James (Rusty) Rader 155 Prospect Drive, Suite 101 Huntingtown, MD 20639 P:410-257-2174 | F:410-257-2428 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ronda Cross 3339 Washington Way Longview, WA 98632 P: 360-261-7210 AISC Certifications: BU

River City Erectors, LLC

Blakeman Steel, Inc.

Mike Dorsch P.O. Box 246 Rossville, TN 38066 P: 901-861-6174 | F: 901-861-6414 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Billy Blakeman 4200 Broadway Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76117 P: 817-831-2601 | F: 817-831-6703

S.L. Chasse Steel

Big C Industries, LLC

Bret Steel Corp

Stephen L. Chasse 8 Christine Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P: 603-886-3436 | F: 603-881-9953 AISC Certifications: BU SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Mike Rouleau P.O. Box 1457 Dover, NH 03821 P: 603-743-4386 | F: 603-742-7235 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Steel Masters, L.P.

John Hagarman PO Box 461 Hanover, PA 17331 P: 717-632-7722 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Rudy Limon 2214 Blalock Road Houston, TX 77080 P: 713-464-8652 | F: 713-464-3219 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Cooper Steel Chris Legnon P.O. Box 149 Shelbyville, TN 37162 P: 931-684-7962 | F: 931-684-7968 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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Diversified Metalworks Justin Ferguson 332 W. Brenna Lane Orange, CA 92867 P: 714-771-4211 | F: 714-771-3442

DSE Erectors, Inc. Kevin Pauley 315 Lake Street Jackson, TN 38301 P: 731-423-4900 | F: 731-423-4918 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Flex-Erect Steve Thomas 6417 Toledo St Houston, TX 77008 P: 713-999-8040

Fulgent Contracting Corporation Isabella Sampson P.O. Box 40 Stevensville, MD 21666 P: 410-604-0172 | F: 410-604-0176 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Jonquil Steel & Construction PJ Aikens 140 Veterans Memorial Highway SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 770-948-9876 | F: 770-948-6760 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

L & L Construction, Inc. Brian Schreier 1040 California Road Quakertown, PA 18951 P: 215-536-9361 | F: 215-536-9438 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

March-Westin Company, Inc. Cody Rodeheaver 360 Frontier Street Morgantown, WV 26505 P: 304-599-4880 | F: 304-599-7509 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Postel Erection Group, LLC Oscar Martinez 21966 Adams Street Porter, TX 77365 P: 281-850-3127 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Quality Steel Services, Inc. Jim Edwards 740 Cleveland Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-593-1976 | F: 970-593-0927 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Rackley Company, Inc. Scott Rackley 3772 County Road 99W Orland, CA 95963 P: 530-865-9619 | F: 530-865-2648 AISC Certifications: CSEA SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Ramar Steel Erectors, Inc. William Raetz 432 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 P: 585-232-7777 | F: 585-263-2734 AISC Certifications: BU

Ranger Steel Erectors, Inc. Amy Pilcher 602 Grantham Avenue West Monroe, LA 71292 P: 318-387-9882 | F: 318-387-9822 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Sentry Steel Service Chris Hopper 167 Center Point Road South Hendersonville, TN 37075 P: 615-826-9552 | F: 615-826-9682

Steel Fabricators, LLC Scott Wilson 721 NE 44th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 P: 954-772-0440| F: 954-351-7788 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION All Forms Fabrication, LLC William Richardson PO BOX 772116 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 P: 970-631-0087

All Things Metal Timothy Rock 23724 N Central Avenue, Bldg B Phoenix, AZ 85024 P: 623-582-3900 | F: 623-582-2230

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION ALW Welding, Inc. Marina Wood PO Box 365 Chocowinity, NC 27817 P: 225-495-2240

American Aerial Services, Inc. James Read 33 Allen Avenue Extension Falmouth, ME 04105 P: 207-797-8987 | F: 207-797-0479 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Arrow Building Construction, LLC Sandra Leiser 8 W 11th Ave Emporia, KS 66801 P: 620-487-2167


Ascending Iron Stephen Workman P.O. Box 640 Alamance, NC 27201 P: 919-607-0587

Atlantic Installers Andrew McCorkle 903 Outer Rd Orlando, FL 32814 P: 407-373-7800


Atlas Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Kurt Schmid 728 Grantham Lane New Castle, DE 19720 P: 302-326-1900 | F: 302-326-1945 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU


Big Box Erectors, LLC Dayna Ferguson P.O. Box 308 Tipton, IN 46072 P: 317-984-1905 | F: 317-984-1983

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Ryan Lewis 1720 Pacific Avenue Cheyenne WY 82007 P:307-637-5266 | F:307-637-7176 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Bouchard Steel Erectors Roger Bouchard P.O. Box 760 North Bennington, VT 05257 P: 802-753-7250 | F: 802-681-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

C.S.E., Inc. William Michaud P.O. Box 532 Williston, VT 05495 P: 802-864-1812 | F: 802-862-8391 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Canal City Industrial, LLC Nathanael Gurnish 8701 State Route 43 Streetsboro, OH 44241 P: 330-958-1863

Capitol Steel Structures Daniela Caro 2188 NW 25th Ave Miami, FL 33142 P: 305-633-5008 AISC Certifications: BU

Caprock Building Systems, LLC Mark Gilbreath P.O. Box 33162 Amarillo, TX 79106 P: 806-468-8471

Carolina Structural Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. Aurelia Chacon P.O. Box 25463 Charlotte, NC 28229 P: 980-307-1706 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Carrara Steel Erectors, Inc. Patrick Carrara 1717 Gaskell Avenue Erie, PA 16503 P: 814-452-4600 | F: 814-456-5055 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

CAS Steel Erectors, Inc. Christopher Smith 237 Duncan Hill Road Hendersonville, NC 28792 P: 828-697-8877 | F: 828-697-8888 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Citadel Steel Erectors Inc. Mitchell Stevens 3405 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 P: 919-362-5122 | F: 919-362-6910 AISC Certifications: CSEA

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION D.S. Duggins Welding, Inc. Derek Duggins 195 Altay Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27106 P: 336-924-5484 | F: 336-924-5485 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Eastern Constructors Inc. Brad Kincaid 38004 Cornerview Road Geismar, LA 70734 P: 225-450-3226 | F: 225-450-3227 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Eastern Metal Works Inc Mike Brickley 20 Higgins Drive Milford, CT 06460 P: 203-878-6995 AISC Certifications: BU

Eastern Steel Erectors, LLC Ryan Pepin 56 N Harwinton Avenue Terryville, CT 06786 P: 860-585-9016 | F: 860-585-0039 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ed Emmons Steel Erectors, Inc David Emmons 5801 West Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32526 P: 850-944-2017 | F: 850-944-0848

Fast Track Erectors Alex Valladares 723 W. University, Suite 110-290 Georgetown, TX 78626 P: 512-635-9219

Flawless Steel Welding, LLC Victor Garcia 5353 Joliet Street Denver, CO 80239 P: 720-638-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

FM Steel Construction LLC Michael Mulsow 1579 E Tara Ct Chandler, AZ 85225 P: 623-882-6183


High Plains Steel Services, LLC

Pat Phelan 1035 K. Street Sanger, CA 93657 P:559-875-9800 | F:559-875-9700 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Kris McLean 2055 Howard Smith Avenue East Windsor, CO 80550 P: 970-685-3941 AISC Certifications: BU, P1

GCI Steel Erectors, Inc.

Hodges Erectors Inc

Robert Colone 2916 Republic Avenue Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-393-4288 | F: 843-393-4255

Jorge Amador 11403 NW 122nd Street Unit 21 Medley, FL 33178 P: 305-234-3467 | F: 305-231-3355 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Georges Welding, LLC Charles George 3181 Oneida Street Sauquoit, NY 13456 P: 315-737-5131 | F: 315-737-0168

GOP Ironworks Sheri Quattrocchi 637 Wyckoff Ave, Ste 340 Wyckoff, NJ 07481 P: 201-643-6641


HP Stud & Steel Welding LLC Scott Peterson 831 Petty Road Manchester, TN 37355 P: 931-247-5411

Intermountain Erectors, Inc. Mark Shell 1546 North 25th East Idaho Falls, ID 83401 P: 208-528-7544 | F: 208-528-7548 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION J & H Erectors Inc Wayne Jacobson 601 Soo Lane Ste 101 Buffalo, MN 55313 P: 763-684-1962

Jack Foster Co. Erectors, Inc. Don Prockish 1119 South Santa Fe Street Wichita, KS 67211 P: 316-263-2901 | F: 316-263-3646

James Steel Erectors, Inc. Bryan S. James 6053 Ogeechee Road Savannah, GA 31419 P: 912-927-8730 | F: 912-927-8730

Keith’s Welding Service, Inc. Bryan Shirley P.O. Box 3868 Greenville, SC 29608 P: 864-895-8191 | F: 864-895-9120 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Key West Metal Industries Incorporated Marge Scaduto 13831 S. Kostner Ave. Crestwood, IL 60418 P: 708-371-1470

Leiser Construction, LLC Lloyd Leiser 1927 365th Street Madison, KS 66860 P: 620-437-2747 | F: 620-437-2783

Lesley Erectors, Inc. Vic McCoy P.O. Box 51128 Piedmont, SC 29673 P:864-400-6320 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Linton’s Mechanical, LLC Patsy Mack 104 Sawgrass Avenue Goose Creek, SC 29445 P: 843-572-0955 | F: 843-572-1422

Mabe Steel, Inc. Bryan Mabe 1490 Brookford Road Kernersville, NC 27284 P: 336-978-0064 | F: 336-595-1741

Maryland Iron, Inc. Michael Lagoey 145 8th Ave N.W. Glen Burnie, MD 21061 P: 410-766-1800 | F: 410-766-3620 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Master Steel, LLC Donald Stephens 9769 Speedway Boulevard Hardeeville, SC 29927 P: 843-784-7173 | F: 843-3413

Merit Erectors, Inc. Chris Koenig 1020 Richwood Circle Cincinnati, OH 45208 P: 513-533-3761 | F: 513-533-3796 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mesa Fab Chris Koenig PO Box 11068 Pueblo, CO 81001 P: 719-948-5384 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Metrolina Steel Erectors, Inc. Barry Mitchell P.O. Box 2228 Davidson, NC 28036 P: 704-309-5584 | F: 866-713-8429 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mid Atlantic Steel Erectors, Inc. Roy Fridley 832 Westwood Pine Court Moseley, VA 23120 P: 804-598-9351 | F: 804-598-9376 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mitchell Welding & Iron Works, Inc. Kevin Mitchell 7 Enterprise Drive Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 P: 609-465-7510

MPS Products Corp Michael Pimental 453 Newburyport Turnpike Rowley, MA 01969 P: 978-817-2144 | F: 978-817-2187


MSI Structural Steel

Pro Steel, Inc.

Dion Genchi 11810 Center Street South Gate, CA 90280 P: 714-329-3638 AISC Certifications: BU

Jeff Gallegos 38805 Myers Road Yoder, CO 80864 P: 719-478-3150 | F: 719-478-2237

Ogeechee Steel, Inc.

John Quinlan P.O. Box 32 Claxton, GA 30417 P: 912-739-1555 | F: 912-739-2058 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Brandi Perossa P.O. Drawer 1469 Swainsboro, GA 30401 P: 478-237-2770 | F: 478-237-4045 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Parsons Steel Joe Parsons 4580 N. Highway Drive Tucson, AZ 85705 P: 520-887-6207 | F: 520-292-2636 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

Peak Steel David Woodruff 1610 N. Salem Street Apex, NC 27523 P: 919-362-5955 | F: 919-362-0656

Perry & Perry Builders, Inc. Lin Perry P.O. Box 1048 Rockdale, TX 76567 P: 512-446-2752 | F: 512-446-2564 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE Pinnacle Precast & Steel Erectors Inc. Jeff Harnish 84 North Street Milford, NH 03055 P: 603-400-7044

Pinnacle Steel NE, Inc Troy Noe P.O. Box 952 Nolensville, TN 37135 P: 615-776-7240 | F: 615-776-5247

Pioneer Erectors, Inc. Matthew Toth 550 Kirtland Street, SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507 P: 616-247-6966 | F: 616-247-0367 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Powers Built Structures Inc. Dave Powers P.O. Box 479 Hudson, CO 80642 P: 303-536-9335 | F: 303-536-9338 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Quinlan Enterprises

R.C. Fabricators, Inc. Bill Sheehan 824 Locust Street Wilmington, DE 19801 P: 302-573-8989 | F: 302-573-8984 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Raulli & Sons, Inc. Charles (Chip) Tourot 213 Teall Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315-479-6693 | F: 315-479-5514 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, CPT

RedIron Construction Ranea White 7515 Jefferson Highway #304 Baton Rouge, LA 70806 P: 225-228-1359

Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc. Rens Hayes 988 Crane Avenue South Taunton, MA 02780 P: 508-828-1702 | F: 508-828-1703 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU, CPT

RND Contractors Inc Nancy Sauter 14796 Jurupa Ave A Fontana, CA 92337 P: 909-429-8500 | F: 909-429-8200 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, IBR, FCE, P2

Roanoke Valley Steel Corporation Kimberly Jenkins P.O. Box 661 Weldon, NC 27890 P: 252-538-4137 | F: 252-536-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Rogue Erectors James Moore P.O. Box 617 Leander, TX 78641 P: 512-745-2277

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Ropac, Inc. Roy Davis 3690 Lightwood Road Deatsville, AL 36022 P: 334-569-2893 | F: 334-569-2895 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Rose Steel, Inc. Tom Horner 250 Ocean Road Greenland, NH 03840 P: 603-436-7950 | F: 603-436-1403 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Schmidt Steel Inc Max Schmidt 847 S . Randall Road Unit 278 Elgin, IL 60123 P: 630-460-3523

Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Cindy Schulz 1620 Wolfpack Lane, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27609 P: 919-981-6121 | F: 919-981-6122 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Senneker Steel Erectors, Inc. Michael Senneker 4502 Division Street Wayland, MI 49348 P: 616-325-7404


Steelco Erectors, LLC

Stephen Smith P.O. Box 16303 Greensboro, NC 27416 P: 336-273-1970 | F: 336-273-1966

Brian Landfried 3818 Fre Mar Road NE Lancaster, OH 43130 P: 614-905-0309

Southern Rigging & Erection, Inc. John Harris P.O. Box 125 Louisburg, NC 27549 P: 919-496-4401 | F: 919-496-3991 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ryan Terry 647 Galaxy Way Modesto, CA 95356 P: 916-496-0463 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Southwest Steel Erectors

Stokes Welding & Structural Steel Inc

Rick Brown 7282 55th Avenue East, Unit 142 Bradenton, FL 34203 P: 941-322-8583 | F: 941-322-8003

Vickie Stokes 757 Eatmon Road Zebulon, NC 27597 P: 919-625-1322

Skyline Decking Corp

SSW Erectors, LLC

Suburban Steel Erectors, Inc.

Javier Osorio 8123 North Ola Ave Tampa, FL 33604 P: 813-898-9480

Ben Wein 4808 Randolph Road Morrisville, VT 05661 P: 802-888-2422 | F: 802-888-3327 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Bill Grill 150 Amelia Street Mont Clare, PA 19453 P: 484-459-5057 | F: 610-917-0856

Shaw Welding Company, Inc. Richard Shaw P.O. Box 435 Billerica, MA 01821 P: 978-667-0197 | F: 978-670-2603

Shewmake Steel Erection, Inc. Stan Stanley P.O. Box 3285 Augusta, GA 30914 P: 706-823-2420 | F: 706-823-2439 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

STF Iron


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FABRICATORS Banker Steel Company, LLC

Jonathan L. Dean 6133 Idlewild Street Fort Myers, FL 33966 P: 239-936-7887 | F: 239-939-9234 AISC Certifications: BU

Chet McPhatter P.O. Box 10875 Lynchburg, VA 24506 P: 434-847-4575 | F: 434-847-4533 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P1

Superior Steel Erectors, Inc. Justin Geddings 1712 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard Annapolis, MD 21409 P: 410-349-1280 | F: 410-349-1282

T&M Decking, Inc. Michele Mangan 4590 Denny’s Store Road Oxford, NC 27565 P: 336-599-6164 | F: 336-599-0034 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Trinity Steel Erection, Inc. Beth Belcher P.O. Box 774 Powhatan, VA 23139 P: 804-598-8811 | F: 804-598-0762 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Tri-Steel Fabricators, Inc. James Werosta P.O. Box 5756 Trenton, NJ 08638 P: 609-392-8660 | F: 609-392-7626 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU, CPT

Tuscarora Rigging, Inc. Barry Slusser 11375 Standing Stone Road Huntingdon, PA 16652 P: 814-506-8166 | F: 814-506-8242 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE, BU

W.O. Grubb Steel Erection, Inc. Charles D. Cooke 5120 Jefferson Davis Highway Richmond, VA 23234 P: 804-271-9471 | F: 804-271-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Wennersten Construction, Inc. Chase Wennersten 3057 N. Norfolk Mesa, AZ 85215 P: 480-272-9461 | F: 480-272-9487 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Wescorp, Inc. Weslie White 8421 Donnaha Road Tobaccoville, NC 27050 P:336-416-6377

Basden Steel Corporation Bruce Basden P.O. Box 1061 Burleson, TX 76097 P: 817-295-6100 | F: 817-295-4375 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Building Envelope Systems Fermin Goitia 20 High Street Plainville, MA 02762 P: 508-381-0429 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

D&D Welding & Fabrication, LLC Martine Vaughn 222 SW 21st Terrace Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 P: 954-791-3385

Dave Steel Company, Inc. Tim Heffner, P.E. 40 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28803 P: 828-252-2771 | F: 828-252-0041 AISC Certifications: BU

E&H Steel Corporation Robert W. Thomas P.O. Box 1170 Midland City, AL 36350 P: 334-983-5636 | F: 334-983-6173 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Erection & Welding Contractors, LLC Dale Applegreen 190 New Park Drive Berlin, CT 06037 P: 860-828-9353 ext 113 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, P1 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Integrated Structures Corp. Nicole Mignone 4 Pinehurst Drive Bellport, NY 11713 P: 516-937-9200 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR


L&D Steel USA Inc


13240 Belcher road Largo, FL 33773 P: (727) 538-9917

Rob Burlington 5105 Bur Oak Circle, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27612 P: 919-828-9545 | F: 919-828-9720 AISC Certifications: BU, P1

Lyndon Steel Company Sam Winters 1947 Union Cross Road Winston-Salem, NC 27107 P: 336-785-0848 | F: 336-788-8835 AISC Certifications: BU

Nucor-Vulcraft/Verco Group Thomas Schlickbernd 6230 Shiloh Road Suite 140 Alpharetta, GA 30005 P: 678-965-6667 | F: 678-965-6929 AISC Certifications: BU

Owen Steel Company Jeff Pate 727 Mauney Drive Columbia, SC 29201 P: 803-251-7624 | F: 803-251-7637 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, FCE, P1

Padgett, Inc. RJ Padgett P.O. Box 1375 New Albany, IN 47150 P: 812-945-1299 | F: 812-949-3432 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, CPT, P1

SC Steel, LLC Gene Miles 114 East Warehouse Court Taylors, SC 29687 P: 864-244-2860 | F: 864-672-2209 AISC Certifications: BU

Smith Ironworks, Inc. Blake Weaver 5285 Highway 114 Lyverly, GA 30730 P: 706-895-3311 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU

Steel Service Corporation Jim Simonson P.O. Box 321425 Jackson, MS 39232 P: 601-939-9222 | F: 601-939-9359 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, P1

Steel Fab Enterprises, LLC Kurt Fisher 623 Baumgardner Road Lancaster, PA 17603 P: 717-464-0330 | F: 717-464-9464 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BU, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

GENERAL CONTRACTORS Crossland Construction Company Anthony Brown 833 S East Ave Columbus, KS 66725 P: 620-429-9232 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

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Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Carrie Gulajan 7896 Donegan Drive Manassas, VA 20109 P: 703-257-7540 | F: 703-257-7539

CSD Structural Engineers Thomas Getschman 8989 N. Port Washington Road Milwaukee, WI 53217 P: 414-351-5588

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY SERVICES JLG Industries, Inc. Jeff Ford 13224 Fountainhead Plaza Hagerstown, MD 21742 P: 240-420-8789

Trivent Safety Consulting Bryan McClure 1499 W 120th Ave #110 Westminster, CO 80234 P: 800-819-6092 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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Kelly Allen 379 N Valencia Rd Ridgeway, SC 29130 P: 803-447-1936

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M & P Specialty Insurance Jason McElrath P.O. Box 4119 West Columbia, SC 29171 P: 803-936-1601 | F: 803-936-1366

MAC Safety Consultants, Inc. Chris Miranda 401 Brkich Way Unit #5 Bridgewater, PA 15009 P: 724-513-4491

Relation Insurance Services Miles Gurley 4900 Koger Boulevard, Suite 450 Greensboro, NC 27407 P:336-217-6921| F:336-218-6426

Safran Law Offices Stephen Safran P.O. Box 587 Raleigh, NC 27602 P: 919-828-1396 | F: 919-828-7993

Stubbs Engineering, Inc. Lindsey Hoffman 277 E. Amador Ave, Suite 200 Las Cruces, NM 88001 P: 575-993-5228

Tradesmen International Gene Cates 1722 Louisville Rd, Suite C Knoxville, TN 37921 P:865-558-0896 | F:865-558-0899

SPECIALTY SERVICES Buckner Heavylift Cranes, LLC Eddie Williams 4732 NC Hwy 54 East Graham, NC 27253 P: 336-376-8888 | F: 336-376-8855

Gulf Coast Rebar INC Michele Adams 3609 A East 10th Ave Tampa, FL 33605 P: 813-247-1200

Guy M. Turner, Inc. David Johnson P.O. Box 7776 Greensboro, NC 27417 P: 336-294-4660 | F: 336-294-6668 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Hamilton Tree Service Inc. Grant Hamilton 4949 Pacheco Blvd Martinez, CA 94553 P: 925-228-1010 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Superior Cranes, Inc. Joe Everett P.O. Box 2371 Rockingham, NC 28380 P: 919-997-7700 | F: 910-997-7709

United Crane & Rigging Gary Hileman 2002 Graves Court Baltimore, MD 21222 P: 410-285-6363 | F: 410-285-2715


SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS Altec Cranes Dan Brock 325 South Center Dr Daleville, VA 24019 P: 540-494-9718

Ashley Sling, Inc. Jim Luckie P.O. Box 44413 Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-691-2604 | F: 404-691-3608

Bigfoot Construction Equipment, Inc. Peggy Matteson 1111 Broadway Court Woodstock, IL 60098 P: 888-743-7320 | F: 815-527-7589

BlueScope Conventional Steel Services Tim McNeely PO Box 419917 Kansas City, MO 64141 P: 816-245-6500 | F: 816-245-6055

Certified Slings, Inc. Robert Saxon PO BOX 180127 310 W Melody Lane Casselberry, FL 32707 P: 407-331-6677

Columbia Safety and Supply Mark Anderson 4720 Robinson Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-458-7000 | F: 888-511-0457 Lindsay Kant P.O. Box 85670 Lincoln, NE 68501 P:800-247-4898 | F:402-479-2108

Fire Facilities Kristen Lauback 314 Wilburn Road Sun Prairie, WI 53590 P: 608-327-4138

FrenchCreek Production Jason Wible 100 N 13th Street Franklin, PA 16323 P: 877-228-9327 | F: 814-437-2544

General Equipment & Supply Rob Hall P.O. Box 80489 Simpsonville, SC 29680 P: 800-800-6011 | F: 864-243-5457

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GWY LLC Heath Mitchell P.O. Box 293 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-3800 | F: 603-547-3801

Hanes Supply, Inc. Billy Hanes 55 James E. Casey Drive Buffalo, NY 14206 P: 888-426-3755 | F: 716-826-4412

Haydon Bolts, Inc. Rich Giusti, Jr. 1181 Unity Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 P: 215-537-8700 | F: 215-537-5569

Hilti, Inc. Ruben Gorjian 7250 Dallas Parkway, Legacy Tower, Suite 1000 Plano, TX 75024 P: 800-879-8000 | F: 800-879-7000

LeJeune Bolt Company Jeff Greene 3500 West Highway 13 Burnsville, MN 55337 P: 952-890-7700 | F: 952-890-3544

Lincoln Electric Theo Facaros 22801 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44117 P: 216-481-8100 | F: 216-486-1751

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Galen Longley 375 North Belvedere Drive Gallatin, TX 37066 P: 888-487-7845

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Adam Franz 21000 Aerospace Parkway Cleveland, OH 44142 P: 800-362-4601 | F: 440-239-7010

Malcom Early 375 North Belvedere Drive 55 Campbell Rd Guelph, ON N1H 1B9 P: 519-837-0888

Miller Electric Mfg LLC Linda Hintze P.O. Box 1079 Appleton WI 54912 P:920-735-4162

Nelson Stud Welding Nick Caratelli 7900 West Ridge Road Elyria, OH 44035 P: 804-564-6365

Pewag Chain/Terrier Lifting Clamps Lisa Frank 4790 Crittenden Drive, Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40209 P: 502-819-1241

Pneutek, Inc. Karen Tuthill 17 Friars Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P:800-431-8665 | F:603-882-9165

Red-D-Arc Welderentals Bill King 685 Lee Industrial Boulevard Austell, GA 30168 P: 770-819-1515 | F: 770-819-0179


Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Nicholas Morgan 11767 Katy Freeway, Suite 690 Houston, TX 77079 P:832-619-1175 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Ironworker Skills Institute Patty Daigle 1146 Indurstrial Park Road Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-814-7159 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Trident Technical College Lisa Middleton P.O. Box 118067 (CE-M) North Charleston, SC 29423 P: 843-574-6065 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Wake Technical Community College Michael Moore 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 200 Cary, NC 27518 P: 919-980-1371 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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Speak Easy Communication Solutions LLC Alex Kundrat 17306 Harland Ave. Cleveland, OH 44119 P: 216-598-8733

St. Louis Screw & Bolt Joe Howard P.O. Box 260 Madison, IL 62060 P: 800-237-7059 | F: 314-389-7510

Trimble Solutions USA, Inc./Tekla, Inc. Don Grigg 1075 Big Shanty Rd NW, Suite 175 Kennesaw, GA 30144 P: 770-426-5105 | F: 770-919-0574

United Rentals Big Dave Brown 10524 Old Nations Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28273 P: 800-704-2829 | F: 704-523-4948

Wurth Construction Services Kayleigh Craft 598 Chaney Ave. Greenwood, IN 46143 P: 317-695-9616 construction/construction


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TOPPING OUT A new release of the Compliance Directive for the Cranes & Derricks in Construction Standard is “imminent,” said Scott Ketcham, Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction, during a presentation at the NCCCO Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications, held Nov. 11, 2021 in Arlington, Va. The Directive will include clarifications on the use of telescopic handlers in lifting applications and other items.

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Ascending Iron. Whitsett, N.C., is an erector member that specializes in miscellaneous metals. Arrow Building Construction, Emporia, Kan., is a general contractor. Apex Steel Corp, Raleigh, N.C., provides structural steel fabrication and erection services for central North Carolina and surrounding areas.

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Conewago Manufacturing, LLC, Hanover, Pa., is an AISC certified fabricator and erector.

Primary members are erectors, fabricators, and general contractors. There are also categories for services, suppliers, and continuing education.

Cubas Welding Construction Inc., Charlotte, N.C., is a steel erector that serves North Carolina and surrounding states.

66% Erectors 7% Fabricators 1% Continuing Education 1% Contractors 10% Services 15% Suppliers & Manufacturers


Fire Facilities, Sun Prairie, Wis., manufactures steel fire training towers. MAC Safety Consultants, Bridgewater, Pa., a full-service construction consulting company servicing the oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, industrial manufacturing, power plants, nuclear plants industries. Schmidt Steel, Inc., Elgin, Ill., is an AISC-certified (CSEA) erector with Metal Deck Erection Endorsement. Wallace Welch & Willingham, St. Petersburg, Fla., provides insurance and risk management services.

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