Thursday, February 19, 2009 marked a day of reflection, celebration and optimism for 50 members of the SteelMaster family who gathered together in Virginia Beach to commemorate the company’s 27th anniversary.
As today’s leading global manufacturer and distributor of arch steel and metal buildings, SteelMaster hails from humble beginnings, when it was buoyed by an original staff of only two people. Yet, it was those two individuals’ foresight and determination that chartered the company’s course of success over the next 27 years.
Originating in the southeastern United States, SteelMaster spent its early years developing designs and specifications for steel buildings that would satisfy the agricultural and residential markets such as crop and equipment storage as well as small shops and garages.
During the early 1980’s, SteelMaster expanded its vision to niche markets, which included industrial, commercial, military and infrastructure buildings.
The company established its own manufacturing facility in 1989 in an effort to control the quality of their product and develop one-of-a-kind specifications and designs. The manufacturing machinery was designed in-house, producing the precision-engineered arches that have become SteelMaster's trademark.
In 1992, the factory invented the "A" model, which has redefined the public's thinking of steel buildings.
“With a unique pitch-style roof and straight walls, the A model offers a more traditional look with the same legendary quality of a SteelMaster building and has become a huge success as a build-it-yourself backyard garage or shop for thousands of American homeowners across the country,” says Rhae Adams, who along with his 5 member leadership team, operates the company.
During Thursday’s celebration, Adams recounted just how far SteelMaster has come since its inception 27 years ago by highlighting the company’s key achievements, which includes:
• SteelMaster buildings reside in 31 countries and every continent across the globe;
• Distributors representing SteelMaster in countries like Romania, Iceland, Chile, Korea, Costa Rica, Libya, Mexico, Honduras, Argentina and the UK;
• SteelMaster buildings have appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Die Hard 2 and Austin Powers Goldmember;
• SteelMaster buildings have been featured in regional and national publications, including Architectural Record, InStyle Magazine, Fine Woodworking, Metal Architecture, Metal Construction and Home Magazine;
• The introduction of arch steel technology including the A-model, the SteelMaster carport and hundreds of custom designed architectural structures and roofing systems.
“Our 27th year in business is poised to be a year of historic importance for SteelMaster and the world,” says Adams. “We are ushering in a year of unprecedented change, creativity and revitalization that offers opportunities for our company in support of the economic stimulus, real estate recovery and focus on infrastructure rebuilding. SteelMaster Building will play an important role in the refocusing of the global market on innovative, economical, high quality, and practical building solutions for projects around the world.”
With this in mind, Adams says that SteelMaster past, present and future successes are the result of the people that dedicate their time, talent and ingenuity in support of the company’s mission—providing the highest quality steel arch buildings in the world, leading the industry in customer service and value and satisfying the challenging demand of the global market.
“As we celebrate our 27th anniversary, it’s important to remember our product innovation and sales accomplishments,” says Adams. “But it’s just as important to remember that our people are the heart of our company and the reason that we are standing here 27 years later celebrating our history and anticipating huge growth opportunities looking forward.”
SteelMaster Buildings represents over 27 years of premium quality manufacturing, providing the highest quality steel arch buildings in the world. Throughout its years in business, SteelMaster has successfully designed buildings and structures for a variety of applications across the globe ranging from residential customers, the government and the military, to numerous Fortune 500 companies.
SteelMaster (steelmasterusa.com) offers a wide range of building applications including: garage/carports, workshops, agricultural buildings, aircraft hangars, commercial/industrial structures, roofing systems, athletic facilities, and custom building applications.