A Tradition of Excellence
Since SME Steel began, it has added four companies and two divisions. With facilities located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona, SME Steel is the only fabricator/erector with the capacity to fabricate, install, and paint any element of steel which includes structural steel, miscellaneous metals, stairs, handrails, ornamental metals, metal deck, and Buckling Restrained Braces.
With more than 400,000 square feet in fabrication facilities located in West Jordan, Utah, and Pocatello, Idaho, SME Steel can produce approximately 20,000 shop hours per week. SME Steel shops utilize the most up-to-date sophisticated equipment available in the steel industry.
Supporting the structural fabrication shops are two miscellaneous steel facilities located in Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
This unique combination of products and services allows SME Steel to provide the capacity to fabricate and ship in excess of 2,000 tons of structural steel per week working normal hours.
SME Steel is known for quality steel fabrication and erection of buildings and miscellaneous steel fabrication, as well as performance of turnkey steel construction from design-assist service consultation to detailing, shop fabrication, and field erection.
White Knuckle Challenge
One of the most challenging obstacles came with the Echelon project, a $4.8 Billion casino project in Las Vegas. Early one Friday morning in August, 2008, SME Steel received a phone call alerting them to the immediate halt of fabrication and erection.
At this time, SME Steel was approximately 35% complete with the project. All crews currently working were notified instantly that this project is now on hold.
Knowing that historically this could likely end up as a bankruptcy or in litigation for everyone involved including facing the possibility of going out of business, the SME Steel team quickly congregated to discuss options, contemplate the facts, and hopefully discover another possibility that had not ever been considered. SME Steel presented ideas to the owners and came up with an ingenious plan which met the needs of the owners while allowing SME Steel to be able to collect on the work completed as well as keep the backlog for the future. This was a defining moment for SME Steel.
Safety is a critical focus in all aspects of our operations. SME Steel works as an integral team member.
This advice was given at a recent safety meeting, “Lead by example. Avoid the shortcuts and follow the safety rules. Think about the best way to protect yourself…even if something goes wrong…and you will go home safe tonight, and every night. Your family depends on you to be safe. Don’t let them down.”
With respect to internal initiatives, SME Steel hosts bimonthly Lunch and Learn seminars in addition to sending key employees to American Management Association training. Reward initiatives include bonus programs and quarterly company-wide barbecues.
Culturally, the most unique aspect of SME Steel is the topping out party hosted at the project site. As the highest piece of steel is positioned, there is an ancient ceremony including an evergreen tree, an American flag, and signatures of the ironworkers on the hoisted steel beam representing gratitude for the earth, country, and brotherhood. This is followed with congratulations and great food.
Each of these initiatives highlights the value SME Steel places on its employees garnering a high degree of loyalty and retention.