Ideal Steel, located in Broussard, LA, held a ribbon cutting/open house at its new metal building and component manufacturing facility in February.
“Two hundred of our friends and family members were able to mingle and sit down for some jambalaya,” Mike Becnel, principal partner responsible for business development, said. “It was a pleasure to see customers meeting the detailers who detail their projects. It was also nice that our material and equipment suppliers were able to talk to the welders and/or operators who use their product. We scheduled the open house during Mardi Gras week so our employees and guests could enjoy the Mardi Gras parades and festivities. Most of our out of town guests are still talking about it!”
“It was a tremendous honor to have all our staff, family, friends, customers and suppliers participate in the celebration of our success and the opening of our new office and manufacturing facility,” said John Tolson IV, president of Ideal Steel. “They are all beyond any doubt the real partners in our business and it is only fitting that they join us in our celebration and all the Mardi Gras festivities. It’s amazing to think back to how far we have come in such a short time.”
After seeing substantial growth in the few years since its inception, Ideal Steel’s management team, which consists of four operating partners and three additional board members, together designed the new 101,000 sq. ft. manufacturing/warehousing facility and 9,000 sq. ft. office facility. The facilities are situated on 17 acres with easy access to two interstate highways.
“Ideal Steel’s employees have an uncompromising commitment to quality and service, which is recognized by our customer base,” explained Gene Rodrigue, principal partner responsible for manufacturing. “This has resulted in exceptional growth and opportunities for us. With the growth of Ideal Steel’s customer base, we quickly outgrew our initial facility. This new 110,000 sq. ft. facility and new equipment enables us to better serve our customers. The additional production capacity and capabilities will allow us to meet the needs of our customers well into the future.”
The management team boasts that the company’s success is a direct result of its relationships with employees, customers and suppliers. Becnel explained that the company began by hiring highly-experienced, service-oriented employees. Currently, Ideal Steel has 83 employees, and the company expects that number to grow to 100 within the next few months.
“Ideal Steel’s success is the result of dedicated employees who deal with customers and vendors with integrity and respect,” said Rodrigue. “Since the beginning, the commitment to ‘deliver what is promised’ has been embraced by all employees, and appreciated by both customers and suppliers. The business relationships that have developed are based on the same basic concepts of trust. These relationships have been building blocks for Ideal Steel’s growth. This new facility, with the additional office and manufacturing space, will allow us to continue to ‘deliver what is promised’ as Ideal grows.”
“Without question, our most valuable asset is the quality, class and integrity of our entire staff,” explained Tolson. “We strive to employ only the best, most qualified staff members that care for each customer, one at a time. Every customer, every building, every component order, they are all important to our continued growth plan and the future success of Ideal Steel.”
Ideal Steel is a manufacturer of metal buildings and components and began operations in August 2003. Considered a regional manufacturer, the company concentrates its efforts in the south-central and southeastern part of the U.S., but has shipped to 34 states in the continental U.S.