A year of rapid change and the labor shortage continues.
2022 top metal builders who’s who.
Do you have whiplash yet? For metal building contractors and erectors, 2021 must have been a year of sharp contrasts, highs and lows. For example, steel prices shot up in early May, then plummeted. Shot up again in July, then plummeted. And edged up again in October before dropping to a yearly low in late November.
Price, availability and demand for construction materials all fluctuated widely in 2021 (see the discussion on the biggest challenges below), but despite that, the top metal builders report increases in the average tonnage and square footage. In fact, by all measures, 2021 was a very strong year for the metal building industry when looking at the largest contractors.
Last year, we identified the largest erectors who made the lists so we could begin the process of separating contractors from erectors. This year, we asked submitters to identify as either a contractor or erector and we made two lists: the 100 largest metal building contractors and the 20 largest metal building erectors.
Because of this there are some anomalies in the reporting since we can’t easily compare this year’s list to previous lists. To help with that, in the charts below you will see comparisons for just contractors and then comparisons for the combined lists, but limited to the top 100 as we have in previous years.
Those companies that used the online survey were forced to select either metal building contractor or metal building erector. But a few companies that submitted by form checked both boxes. There are a number of contractors in the industry who both self-perform and erect only for other companies. They are, by these awkward definitions, both contractors and erectors.
If that was the case, we put them in the contractor category. Our reasoning was a matter of consistency. Most of our respondents can’t easily separate out the tonnage and square footage they did as contractors compared to erectors. While having those different responses will be helpful in looking at the industry overall, it’s not easily figured within individual companies.
The Biggest Challenge
What a difference a year makes. The construction industry is notoriously slow to change, but in 2021 metal building contractors and erectors had to deal with more change than they had seen in the previous 10 years, including 2020 when the pandemic struck.
Last year, when we asked what the biggest challenges they faced in 2020 were, they reported general COVID issues (30.1%) and COVID work requirements (10.3%) were the most significant. The availability of labor continued to be a pressing issue that year with about a quarter of respondents saying it was hard to find skilled labor.
In our reporting on 2021 this year, we saw a wholesale shift in the kind of challenges contractors and erectors faced. Yes, the labor shortage still loomed large with a steady quarter of respondents saying it was a major challenge. Problems with material shortages increased with 5.1% of respondents saying it was a challenge in 2020, while 8.7% pointed to it as a challenge in 2021.
But the most significant changes came in supply chain issues and scheduling. Make no doubt that material shortages, rising material costs, scheduling issues and supply chain problems are all interconnected, but the supply chain and scheduling rose to the top. In 2020, contractors 9.6% of respondents reported supply chain issues as a problem, which increased to 21.3% last year.
Scheduling issues took on even greater importance in 2021. Of our respondents, 25.7% said they were facing scheduling problems, with almost all of those coming from longer lead times. That was compared to only 5.1% reporting that same kind of problem in 2020.
Weather struggles and permitting issues became slightly less problematic in 2021, but a new problem did arise in our reporting. 2.4% of contractors and erectors report slow payment for services (often from the general contractor) as becoming a challenge. This is nothing new in the construction industry, but that it rises up during a time of longer lead times and rising material costs can make managing cash flow in a contracting business extremely challenging.
Across the board, metal building contractors and erectors saw their businesses increase in 2021 compared to 2020. That’s not surprising considering the start of the pandemic in 2020 forced a nearly industry-wide shutdown. The top 100 contractors saw a 13.1% increase in tonnage and 12.5% increase in square footage of metal building systems installed. The top 20 erectors saw slighter increases (3% for tonnage and 7.3% for square footage) but that may be because it’s a smaller collection of companies and larger companies tend to average smaller increases year-over-year.
When we combined the lists and selected the top 100 contractors and erectors, we discovered similar increases across the board with the top 100 increasing tonnage by 9.2% and square footage by 12.1%.
Average Tonnage 2020: 1,562 tons
Average Tonnage 2021: 1,797.9 tons
Percent Increase: 13.1%
Average Square Footage 2020: 360,486 square feet
Average Square Footage 2021: 411,958 square feet
Percent Increase: 12.5%
Average Tonnage 2020: 4,185.8 tons
Average Tonnage 2021: 4,065.1 tons
Percent Increase: 3.0%
Average Square Footage 2020: 982,950 square feet
Average Square Footage 2021: 1,060,791 square feet
Percent Increase: 7.3%
Combined Top 100 of Contractors and Erectors Combined
Average Tonnage 2020: 2,299.3 tons
Average Tonnage 2021: 2,533.4 tons
Percent Increase: 9.2%
Average Square Footage 2020: 602,688 square feet
Average Square Footage 2021: 529,692 square feet
Percent Increase: 12.1%
Over the last 12 years, both average square footage and tonnage reported by metal building contractors increased steadily until 2018 when a decline began. The decrease this year may be attributed to separating out the erectors from the contractors list.
So, we combined the lists and selected the top 100 contractors and erectors. When that happens, there is a significant jump in total tonnage and square footage.
In our reporting on the Top Metal Builders for the last couple of years, we have begun to show market share of the top 10%. Going back to 2011, there has been only a very slight increase in market share among the largest companies, except this year. That is probably attributed to placing the erectors on a separate list.
If we combine the contractor and erector lists and select the 100 largest firms by tonnage, we get numbers more comparable to previous years. In future years, we will be able to dig deeper into these numbers and track market share across two lists and the combined market.
A.B. Systems Inc.—Both *
Design builder, metal buildings, roofing, retrofit and new construction
A.C.E. Building Service Inc.—Both
Chris Herzog, Stuart Johnson, Max Maigatter, Carolyn Hoffmann
Design-build general contractor specializing in new construction, expansions, renovations, metal buildings and metal re-roof
a.j. Veneklasen Inc.—Both *
Grand Rapids, Mich.
General contractor, metal building supplier and erector
Apex Steel MT Inc.—Contractor Tonnage
Brian McLean, Kevin Koester
Metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofit
Appalachian Metal Building (J.L. Construction)—Contractor Footage
Metal buildings and metal roofing
Arizona Corporate Builders LLC—Both
Stravinski Companies, Dave Manarin, Greg St. Clair
New construction, metal buildings
Ayars & Ayars Inc.—Both
Design-build, architecture and construction
Bahnmiller Construction Inc.—Both *
Kevin Bahnmiller, Jealynn Bahnmiller
Supply and erect pre-engineered metal buildings
Baker Builders LLC—Both *
Dustin Baker, Jodi Baker
General contractor services as well as metal building supply, erect and re-roof services with in-house erect crews
BARNES buildings & management group inc.—Both *
Supply and install metal buildings, metal siding and roofing, structural and miscellaneous iron fabrication
Beck & Hofer Construction—Both
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Self-performing design-build general contractor, commercial, industrial, PEMB new construction/addition, PEMB retrofit/re-roofing
Bighorn Steel Buildings Inc.—Both
Joseph Corsentino, Daniel Corsentino
www.bighornsteelbuildings.comMetal building design and sales, construction services, metal roofing and siding
Bob Breeding General Contractors LLC—Both *
www.bobbreeding.comPre-engineered metal building supplier and erector, commercial general contracting
Bobbitt Construction—Both *
www.bobbitt.comIntegrated design-build, general contracting, CMAR, renovations and fit-ups, services and maintenance
Brett Construction Co.—Both
Brett T. Setzer, Keith Fryman, Banks Hudson
Brevard Constructors Inc.—Both
Marty Gordon, Rusty Gordon, Tim Gordon
Briner Building Inc.—Both *
Bryan Harshbarger, Chris Elser, Dave Dunwiddie, Mike Swinford
Design-build general contractor
Building Innovation Group Inc.—Both
East Rochester, N.Y.
Buildings By Design—Both *
Travis Lefever, Pat Walter, Merle Grauer
General contractor, and furnish and erect metal building specialty contractor
Vicki Anderson, Scott Snyder, Tony DeLuca, Mark Price
Metal building contractor
Century Construction Co. Inc.—Both *
Employee Owned (ESOP)
We are a full-service general contractor
CHG Building Systems Inc.—Both *
Charles H. Grouws, Ryan Grouws, Steven Grouws
Furnish and erect metal building systems, structural steel and architectural sheet metal
Cincinnati Commercial Contracting—Both
John Westheimer, Jason Manni, Justin Platt
New construction, metal buildings, metal-over-metal re-roof
Clouse Construction Corp.—Both *
New Riegel, Ohio
Lenny Clouse, Lynn Clouse, Brian Clouse
Design-build general contractor specializing in pre-engineered steel buildings and conventional steel
Coast Construction Group—Both
Trevor Gaskin, Angela Gaskin, Harold Stevens
GC building warehousing, logistics and general commercial
Construction Management Inc.—Contractor Tonnage
PEMB, retrofits, new Construction, commercial roofing
Crane Steel Structures Ltd.—Both
Headingley, Manitoba, Canada
Metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofit, new construction, general contracting
CWB Contractors Inc.—Contractor Tonnage
West Bridgewater, Mass.
James Leonard, Stephan Leonard, Lawrence Leonard
Metal buildings and metal roofing
D.C. Development & Construction LLC—Contractor Footage
Great Falls, S.C.
Design-build using metal building structures
Design Builders & Contractors—Both
Elk Mound, Wis.
Doug Awe, Lucas Weissinger
General contractor commercial pre-engineered metal buildings
Dunn Building Co. LLC—Both *
Dunn Investment Co. LLC
Partner with general contractors, developers and end-users to furnish and erect pre-engineered metal buildings
Empire Building Construction LLC—Both *
Sioux Falls, S.D.
General construction, pre-engineered metal buildings of all sizes, steel erection, concrete work, new construction, metal roofs and retrofits.
Brad Bierman, Chad Walsh
General contractor and specialty contractor in pre-engineered metal buildings, metal roofing, metal siding and concrete
EPOC Construction Inc.—Both
Newport News, Va.
Design-build general contractor, furnish and erect
Fabri Steel West Inc.—Both *
Design-build general contractor, furnish and erect
Fite Building Co.—Both
Jack Fite, Mike Brown, Marty Blackwood, Ben Sanderson, J. Robert Fite
Full-service general contractor, construction management firm with inhouse site work, concrete, erection capabilities
Fleming West LLC—Contractor Tonnage
Aaron E. Wolf
Steel building solution contractor including metal building construction, metal roofing and retrofits
Freeman Building Systems—Contractor Tonnage
Design-build construction for the industrial, commercial, warehousing, aviation and athletic markets
Goodgame Co. Inc.—Both
Pell City, Ala.
General contractors, PEMB, metal roofing, new construction
Grassmere Construction Ltd.—Both
Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
Michael J. Booth
Design builder, pre-engineered metal buildings, metal over metal reroofing
Kevin O’Brien, Gordie Schmitz, Eric Bender, Brian Kreuser, Colin O’Brien
General contractor serving the commercial, industrial and agribusiness industries
H.S. Williams Co. Inc.—Both *
Design-build, new construction, metal buildings, manufacturing, industrial, large commercial, governmental
Halme Builders Inc.—Both *
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new construction
Hance Construction Inc.—Both *
Arthur E. Hance
Construction management, general contracting, metal buildings, roofing, retrofit and new construction for industrial, commercial and premier residential
Harrell Construction Co. Inc.—Both *
Design-build metal buildings and retrofit, operating in the Southeastern U.S.
Hoover Building Specialists LLC—Both
Honey Brook, Pa.
Richard Hoover, Doug Hoover, Dustin Fox
General contractor performing design-build, new construction and renovations of commercial buildings
Industrial Building Systems—Both
Supply and erect metal buildings
Ivan Weaver Construction—Both
General contractor, metal buildings, new construction
J&F Construction & Development Inc.—Both *
General contractor, design-build, build-lease, construction manager, steel erection, sitework, concrete, carpentry, reroof
J. A. Wagner Construction—Both
Robert Dunlop, Mark Elliott
Design-build general contractor, metal buildings, remodeling, additions
James W. Elmer Construction Co.—Both
J. Robert Elmer
Metal buildings, conventional construction with all materials, new construction remodels and additions
James Ware Construction Inc.—Both
James Ware, Kathryn Ware
www.jameswareconstructioninc.comMetal buildings, new construction, remodel
JBS Contracting Inc.—Both
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Jim Kremsreiter, John Stadtfeld, Lee Roethlisberger, Becky Connors, Joe Claybaugh
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new construction, remodel
Jensen Builders Ltd.—Both
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Design-build general contractor that specializes in self-performing concrete, carpentry and metal building erection
Design-build general contractor
Kent Design Build Inc.—Contractor Footage *
Kyle L. Kent
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new construction, design-build, design assist, construction manager at risk
Land X Construction Inc.—Both
Design-build steel building contractor and steel erector
Lemartec Corp., a MasTec company—Both *
Metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofit, new construction, program and construction management, tenant improvements
LMBI Inc.—Contractor Footage *
Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Dominic D. Moss, Brandon S. Moss
Metal building, metal roofing, structural and miscellaneous steel fabricator and erector
Lock Steel Building Co.—Both *
Metal building design-build contractor, furnish-erect metal buildings, metal building material sales, retrofit
Mostly furnish and erect of pre-engineered metal buildings
M & F Litteken Co.—Both *
Wichita Falls, Texas
Kevin Darnell, Jean Darnell, Shane Darnell
General contractor, design-build contractor utilizing pre-engineered building systems
Mar Building Solutions—Both *
Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Chad Anderson, Kurt Krasick
Provide metal building supply and erect services with in-house erect crews, as well as new construction and re-roof services
Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services—Both
Robert K. Mericle
Privately owned developer of speculative industrial, office, flex and medical space. Also, complete build-to-suits for lease and for sale.
Miller Buildings Inc.—Contractor Footage *
Louis Gilmore III, Lou Gilmore Jr., Paul Frantz
Metal buildings: commercial, industrial, self storage, educational storage units, manufactured home park storage units
Tom R. Miedema
General contractor specializing in pre-engineered metal buildings
West Deptford, N.J.
Pat Napoli, Tom Napoli
Design-build general contractor (commercial/industrial), metal builder (new construction/retrofit)
New Belle Construction Inc.—Both
Jim Kelly, Ryan Kelly
General contractor, new construction, PEMB
North Valley Building Systems Inc.—Contractor Tonnage
Andrew J. Wood, Bret J. Wood
General building contractor, metal buildings, metal roofing, design-build, new construction
Northwest Builders Inc.—Both
Rice Lake, Wis.
Chris W. Mlejnek, Erik Chilson, Darrel Olson
Design-build general contractor that self performs concrete, carpentry and steel erection. We also offer crane service.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Bryant Larson, Zach Porter
General contractor, metal buildings, industrial, commercial and agricultural construction
Ohio Dutch Construction—Both
Robert Miller Sr.
Commercial and general contracting services, specializing in pre-engineered metal buildings for commercial, agricultural, retail, warehouse, office, recreational and institutional functions
Page Construction LLC—Contractor Footage
David Page, Mandy Lamb
PEMB sales and installation
Pat Munger Construction Co. Inc.—Both *
David A. DeMaio
Full-service commercial general contractor who specializes in metal building construction and retrofit
Patco Construction Inc.—Both
Greg Patterson, Mark Patterson
Patterson Horth Inc.—Both *
Tim Horth, Mike Patterson, Jason Jeefries
Supply, erect, buildout of industrial PEMBs
PDS Engineering & Construction Inc.—Both *
Metal buildings, new construction, design-build
Pioneer Construction—Both *
Grand Rapids, Mich.
General contractor, metal buildings entirely, precast, conventional steel, general trades
Redhawk Metal Buildings LLC—Both *
Jeff Gunderson, Rick Knabe
Pre-engineered metal buildings furnish and erect contractor
Reed Construction & Metal Structures—Contractor Footage
Metal buildings and concrete foundations
Riedel-Wilks Building Structures Inc.—Both *
Scott Riedell, Gary Staten, Jeff Handloser
Design-build general contractor specializing in PEMB applications and industrial supplier of pre-engineered buildings
Ross Construction Group—Both
Andy Ross, David Ross
Rudolph Libbe Inc.—Both
General contractor, metal building, metal roofing, retrofit
Russell P. LeFrois Builder Inc.—Both
Scenic Ridge Co.—Both
Jay Elam King
Design-build, steel fabrication, general construction, fleet services
Schwisow Construction Inc.—Both
General contracting firm specializing in the design and construction of commercial and industrial facilities
Schwob Steel Services—Both
Design, provide and erect hybrid heavy structures and metal buildings
SEA CON LLC—Both
Bob Power, Rob Howie, Steven Caniglia, Eric Reese, Bruce Adair, Ben Blegen
General contractor, construction manager, design-build project development, supplier of structural, pre-engineered metal buildings
Septagon Construction Co. Inc.—Contractor Tonnage *
General contractors, design-build, re-roof and construction. Management in non-residential markets, specializing in pre-engineered buildings
Span Construction & Engineering Inc.—Both *
Supply and erection of steel buildings, design-build general contracting
Spyker Contracting Inc.—Both
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new and retrofit construction
Steel Building Specialists Inc.—Both *
Gary P. Cearfoss
Steel Vision Construction Inc.—Both
Michael L. Bressler
Steelsmith Inc.—Both *
Pre-engineered steel metal building sales and erection
Superior Metal Services—Both
Select Building Systems Inc.
Metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofit, new construction
Svenska Builders Ltd.—Both *
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Metal building construction, metal roofing, metal cladding
Tri State Design and Construction—Contractor Footage
John R. Over Jr.
Design-build general contractor doing retrofits, new construction and pre-engineered metal buildings
TSW Fabrication Inc.—Both
Metal building fabrication and erection
United Enterprises Construction LLC—Both
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new construction, design-build, general contracting, construction management
West Fargo, N.D.
Design-build general contractors, metal buildings, tilt-up concrete
W.K. Thomas and Associates—Both
Design-build pre-engineered metal building construction, retrofit and metal re-roof
Wagner Construction Co. LLC—Both
General contractor, commercial construction
Walker Design & Construction—Both *
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Design-build general contractor specializing in metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofits, metal sidings, decorative metals and metal fabrications
Weaver Commercial Contractor Inc.—Both *
Western Steel Builders Inc.—Both
Austin M. Clarys
General contractors specializing in pre-engineered metal buildings
Whitener & Jackson Inc.—Both
General contractor with metal building franchise
Wright Construction Western Inc.—Both
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
General contracting, new construction, metal buildings, metal roofing, retrofits
A-Lert Building Systems, a division of Centurion Industries Inc.—Erector Footage *
New Braunfels, Texas
Kenny Tharp, Loren Troyer, Brad Parish
ABS designs, manufactures and installs all types of self-storage buildings including multistory, boat and RV, and more
Bruns General Contracting—Erector Tonnage
Tipp City, Ohio
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Metal buildings, carpentry, new construction, concrete, steel erection, site work and general labor
Chestnut Oak Construction LLC—Both
We are a PEMB erector
Crossland Construction Co. Inc.—Both *
Ivan Crossland, Bennie Crossland, Curt Crossland, Mike Crossland, Patrick Crossland
Commercial and industrial contractor
DD Construction—Erector Footage *
Metal building supply and erection
Design Systems Builders LLC—Erector Tonnage *
Pre-engineered metal buildings, metal roofing, re-roofing, retrofit, new construction, design build, PEMB erection
Fast Track Erectors LLC—Both
Structural steel erector, metal building contractor, hybrid steel erector
FED Corp.—Erector Tonnage *
Design-build, general contractor, supply, erect and metal buildings
Fleming Construction Group LLC—Both
Justin Willett, John Gilbertson, Rich Faust, Tom O’Brien
General contractor, metal building erector, metal roofing, retrofit
Foundation Steel—Both *
Metal buildings, insulated metal panel installation, metal roofing, retrofit, steel erection
G&D Erectors Inc.—Erector Footage
Compressor buildings, metal buildings, metal siding, metal roofing
Hammers Construction—Erector Tonnage
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Steve Hammers, Dave Hammers
Design-build company specializing in metal building erection
Hammers Construction Inc.—Both
New construction of PEMB’s and renovations and reroofs
J & M Steel Solutions—Both *
Craig Madsen, Cody Davidson
PEMB, roofing, IMP sheeting
JAC Steel—Both *
Alejandro Montano, Jose Montano
Metal buildings, metal roofing, new construction, retrofit
Maine Metal Buildings Inc—Erector Tonnage *
We provide the following services: metal building sales, service repairs, additions, energy upgrades, installation and consulting
Maverick Steel Inc.—Erector Footage *
Ronnie Williams, Tammi Williams
Precision Erecting Co. Inc.—Both *
Russell Springs, Ky.
Stephen P. Branscum
Pre-engineered metal building erection and structural steel erection
Quality Erectors & Construction Co. Inc.—Both *
Jesse Esquivel, Karen Esquivel, Ethan Law, Jesse M. Esquivel
Metal buildings, structural steel, misc. metals and metal paneling
RMG Erectors & Constructors LLC—Erector Footage *
Sharon Mesmer, Robert Mesmer
Steel Worx Solutions LLC—Both *
Stephanie van Rooyen
Furnish and erect metal building along with metal roof systems nationwide
Bowling Green, Ky.
Metal buildings and commercial roofing
Sure Steel Inc.—Both *
South Weber, Utah
Mark Carter, Jim Burwell
Supply and installation of structural steel, metal buildings and insulated metal panels
Thomas Phoenix International—Erector Footage *
Sean T. Smith, Eric T. Kay
Pre-engineered steel building erections, retro roofs, metal roofing, new construction
Ultimate Steel Erection Inc.—Erector Tonnage
Supply and erection of steel buildings
US Metal Builders Inc.—Both *
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Metal buildings, retrofit, new construction, roof overlay
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By Paul Deffenbaugh Posted May 01, 2022
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