We Are Steel Fabricators of Monroe
Our success is built upon the strength of our team.
From our dedicated management staff to our skilled workers, we set ourselves apart from other fabricators with our professionalism and attention to detail.
Steel Fabricators of Monroe was started in 1973 as a sister company to a regional steel erection firm started in Monroe, LA, in 1965 by Don Beach. After growing up in an ironworking family and operating a steel erection firm for a few years, Don recognized the importance of two things that a customer or an erector needs from a steel fabricator — fabricating quality steel that fits and scheduling on-time deliveries to keep the erector productive. These two thoughts define the mission statement of Steel Fabricators of Monroe, LLC today.
After a 2400 square foot roof was erected to house a dirt floor shop, Don along with John Hunter, a college intern enrolled in the local university’s School of Construction Management, hired four employees and began serving the local commercial and light industrial construction market. The company enjoyed a methodical steady growth in size and sophistication. The company was quick to embrace technology utilizing CNC equipment to help facilitate growth, efficiency, and accuracy. As other employees were added, Jane Brown and Joe Tannehill also being products of the School of Construction Management along with John Hunter, through a management buyout, purchased Mr. Beach’s interest in the firm in 2006. Today the three owners serve as the company’s CFO, VP of Sales, and President respectively.
In the late 70’s Steel Fabricators started an industrial fastener company which was later sold to company managers. Also, along the way in the early 80’s, following market demand, the original union steel erection firm was closed down giving rise to a non-union steel erection firm that was started as a subsidiary of Steel Fabricators. That firm was operated successfully until 1998 when it sold to company managers much like the fastener company and the parent company would later do as well.
Today Steel Fabricators of Monroe, LLC operates on an approximately 20-acre site with over 130,000 square feet of fabrication space and enclosed heated painting area. Additional space of over 37,000 square feet currently serve as warehouse, training, lunch rooms and maintenance facilities. Company offices are housed in a 12,000 square foot two story office building located on site as well.
The company operates several sophisticated CNC machines to facilitate cutting, coping, drilling, burning, and parts location marking in the fabrication process. It also utilizes electronic tablets for paperless drawing presentation in the shop environment along with updated fabrication software and bar coding technology. The company holds quality certification from the American Institute of Steel Construction with a Standard for Steel Buildings and a Sophisticated Paint Endorsement levels of quality certification. Quality inspectors hold certification for Welding Inspection, NDT Weld Examination, and Paint Application and Inspection.
The company’s birth from an erection company has focused the direction and influences decisions of how the company approaches each project. The company’s experienced management team and well-trained staff takes pride in the ability to sequence, manage, fabricate, and deliver projects in erectable sequences to the customers’ specifications and quality expectations and to the steel erectors’ schedule requirements. In addition, the firm’s core values and continuous improvement efforts offer a refreshing option to serve the construction industry throughout the nation.
The employees at Steel Fabricators of Monroe continually strive to take the risk out of the steel portion of jobs for our customers. Our ability to safely produce and deliver the products our customers demand is the reason over 70% of our work is repeat business.
Construction tends to be a very fluid business as issues pop up, schedules change, and needs vary from day to day. When we team up for a project our commitment is to help our customer on every level. 40+ years in the business give us a level of expertise and experience to help get the job done on schedule with our construction partners.
Material flows naturally through our 18-acre complex from receiving, fabrication, coatings application, and loadout. Raw materials arrive and are offloaded at our 23,000 square foot open craneway area. From there, material moves through over 122,000 square feet of fabrication plant space utilizing 27 overhead cranes. When coatings are required, material then moves into our 23,000 square foot covered and heated paint shop. At this point our logistics department loads and sends out trucks to their next destination.
Steel Fabricators of Monroe has made the commitment to stay on the cutting edge of technology with our equipment and processes. Fully automated CNC equipment provides higher safety with less chance for human error throughout the process. Multiple checks and redundancies from start to finish ensure accuracy so that we can guarantee our product fits as it should every time. We also utilize iPads in the shop instead of paper drawings. This adds another level of precision, and our software allows that only the latest drawings are used for final fabrication.
Safety is our first commitment to our employees and clients at Steel Fabricators of Monroe. No job is so important and no service so urgent that we cannot take time to perform work safely. Safety takes precedence over expediency and short cuts at all times. We have a goal of zero lost time accidents and have in place policies and procedures to work toward that goal. A culture of safety has allowed Steel Fabricators of Monroe to maintain very low EMR ratings every year.
A copy of our safety manual and safety statement are readily available as well as EMR ratings for any period requested.
Steel Fabricators commitment to quality goes far above other fabricators. Our CWI certified inspectors visually inspect every weld. We review the customer’s specifications at project inception to assure that they are followed to the letter. We hold an AISC certification and use their guidance to run our inspection department and shop. The way our steel fits up has gained us a positive reputation with both large and small steel erection companies. Our percentage of misfabrication is well below the national average.