Steel Nation’s First Symposium

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Steel Nation’s First Symposium For Clients, Vendors, and Subcontractors Scores High Marks.

Washington, PA – November 29, 2017 – Steel Nation, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, invited clients, vendors, and subcontractors to the Hyatt Hotel, Meadows Casino to attend its 2017-2018 symposium. Steel Nation is a full-service construction, engineering, and environmental firm that specializes in the design, construction, service, and repair of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings (PEMBs). More than 70 business leaders were in attendance to listen to presentations, exchange information, and to engage in break-out sessions.

President, Mark Caskey, who in 2008, started the business in a spare bedroom, has developed Steel Nation into one of the fastest-growing companies in the region, with three divisions that primarily serve the Oil & Gas industry; Steel Nation Buildings, Steel Nation Engineering, and Steel Nation Environmental. The company also is active in the Water and Wastewater and Healthcare industries.

Caskey opened the symposium by saying, “Not only did I want to bring us all together today to talk about what’s going on in the industry, but to say “thank you” to all of our clients, preferred vendors, and subcontractors who have been a part of this exciting ride.”

Keynote speaker, David J. Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, asserted that despite some legislative challenges, this is an exciting time for the Oil & Gas industry, particularly in the Pennsylvania region.

“20% of America’s natural gas comes from Pennsylvania,” said Spigelmyer. “And Pennsylvania is number one in the country in unconventional gas production.” Noting that natural gas continues to create jobs, generate revenue, improve air quality, and has been responsible for revitalizing manufacturing, Spigelmyer said, “Natural gas can change the outlook for the world’s energy supply.”

Spigelmyer added, “At the Steel Nation symposium, contractors from across the region gathered to applaud the company’s continued growth in support of responsible shale gas development here in the Commonwealth. Events like the Steel Nation symposium shine a spotlight on the enormous jobs multiplier that shale gas development provides to our region.”

Chris Becker, President of G.W. Becker Overhead Crane Products, said, “It’s great to bring companies together in a cooperative setting for industry updates, constructive input, and ideas for improvement. I look forward to future events.”

“At Steel Nation, we view our preferred vendors and subcontractors as part of the Steel Nation family,” said Mark Dooley, EVP/CFO. “Our success depends largely on being able to provide the best value to our clients, and they help us meet those goals.”

Dianne Fretz, General Manager, Pittsburgh Air Systems added, “So many organizations regard their vendors as expendable commodities, not business partners. It was very refreshing to see the mutual respect and admiration that Steel Nation and its vendors have for each other.”

“The business is changing,” added EVP, Alan Reid. “The symposium was an excellent forum to communicate that message to our partners so that they can prepare to adjust their business operations accordingly.”

“We’ve been working with Steel Nation for about four years,” said Frank Kmetz, VP, Corle Building Systems. “Our team holds quarterly meetings with the Steel Nation team and it’s paid off. Our business has grown and we’ve helped them win customers.”

“We intend to make this an annual event,” concluded Mark Caskey. “As our keynote speaker said, we’re seeing no projected industry slowdown. What we do see are a lot of additional opportunities in water/wastewater, environmental, and in the healthcare fields. There’s going to be a lot to talk about at the next symposium.”

Steel Nation is a proud Washington, Pennsylvania-based corporation working primarily in
the energy sector of North America. Originally founded to design/build/turn-key large scale coal prep plants, Steel Nation has evolved into the leading designer/builder of transmission, storage, and compression facilities, for the mid-stream and transmission operations of the Oil & Gas industry throughout the Marcellus, Utica, and other American shale plays.

Symposium Press Release