Our Company

Founded in 2000, Western Steel Erectors began with an eye toward the sky. As with most new companies, we took on smaller projects at the outset to gain traction as a new and growing small company. In our early days our staple jobs were water and wastewater treatment plants, structural frames for solar photovoltaic arrays, and miscellaneous metals jobs. However, due to our previous individual experience in the steel industry, our penchant for doing things the right way, and our strong work ethic, it didn’t take long to prove our value to our clients and be awarded contracts for increasingly larger and more complex projects.

Safety and quality go hand-in-hand. Western Steel Erectors understands the efforts it takes to perform quality work, while operating in a safe and efficient way. A testament to this is how we’ve grown as a company over the years. And although our growth has been steady and considerable, Western Erectors has remained a closely-held company. This has been a real benefit, allowing us to secure and retain the right personnel with the right skills, knowledge, experience, and values that align with our company values.

Management & Philosophy

Our field and office personnel are provided with quality tools to get the job done right. We believe that there is no substitution for good communication and continual training. These are both indispensable to productivity and empowering to our personnel.

Safety

Our goal is to have zero incidents and to send our crews home each day whole and healthy. In order to strengthen our safety culture we train our crews in safe working and operating procedures, and provide continual education in new safety regulations. We are very proud to have won an AISC Safety Award for 2016!

Quality

If a job is worth doing, it must be done properly the first time. To exemplify this commitment, Western Erectors has passed the rigorous AISC auditing and since 2011 has been continuously certified as an AISC Certified Steel Erector. And as a result of our continual improvement as a steel erector, in the fall of 2016 Western Steel Erectors received the AISC certification of Advanced Certified Steel Erector.

Experience

Between ownership, management, and general work force, our team has hundreds of years of combined experience of successfully completing notable projects in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Projects large and small, complex and simple. Having such widely-diversified education and experience among our team allows us to self-perform almost all needed functions in-house.

Equipment

In order for our crews to operate with maximum efficiency – and to provide the best service for our clients – we are continually adding to and upgrading our fleet of heavy equipment, welding equipment, and cranes. This allows us to minimize response time and cost – we are not limited by what equipment rental companies have available.

Meet The Team

Greg Yates
Greg Yates
President

Mr. Yates founded Western Steel Erectors after going through the International Ironworkers Union Apprenticeship and gaining much experience working for various union erectors for 16 years. From the start of his ironworking career when he started his apprenticeship straight out of high school, Greg ran work on a wide range of project types all over Central and Northern California, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. His quick grasp of complex concepts of steel construction and efficient erection processes enabled him to make rapid career advancement. In short order Greg became known as one of the leading field steel erecting supervisors in Northern California. Over time he put more emphasis on adding more office skills, estimating and project managing, to the point that the logical next step was to start Western Steel Erectors.

Mike Stefani
Mike Stefani
Senior Project Manager

Mr. Stefani draws on his 30+ years of experience in the structural steel industry to lead our management team. His first-hand experience with all phases of the steel erecting process, from the initial detailing to production control management of fabrication to project management of field erecting, enables him to foresee and understand potential problems and propose the best solutions to avoid them or minimize their impact.

Neal Heard
Neal Heard
Project Manager

As a key member of our management team Mr. Heard is a valuable resource due to his extensive knowledge of the industry and four decades of experience in steel detailing, estimating, and project management of steel erection jobs. His “hands-on” approach and expertise with cranes have been invaluable in resolving constructability and scheduling issues.

Bill Norris
Bill Norris
Quality Manager

Mr. Norris has worked in the steel industry for over four decades, having obtained inspection certifications from ASNT, ACIA, PIPE, and the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Norris has been qualified by AWS as a QC-1 Certified Welding Inspector and by ICC in Legacy Structural Steel & Welding inspecting, each for more than 25 years. His acquired knowledge and experience has enabled Bill to refine our welding and bolting processes, as well as bring quantifiable analysis to our overall quality control program.

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