At Macuch Steel, we have always prided ourselves on our exceptional customer service. We consistently deliver great products and services to the construction industry with the highest quality structural steel fabrications. Realizing that there is currently an underserved sector of the construction industry, we are expanding our customer service offerings to fill this gap. With our new Steel Convenience Center, the focus is on the needs of the local market to make sure all of your structural steel fabrication needs will be met.
Harkening back to the days when companies were responsive to the needs of their customers, our Steel Convenience Center will do just that. By bringing back services that are driven by the needs of the customer, we return to a level of service that seems to have been lost in corporate takeovers and big businesses. We are here to meet your schedules and deadlines and to fulfill and deliver orders as requested.
The Convenience Center will deliver a “turn-key” product—bring in your drawings, your “napkin sketches”, or just that idea that’s been floating around in your head. We will sit down with you, discuss your needs, present you with a quick and fair price, and deliver your fabricated, finished product when you need it, and ON TIME!
Even though this is a new department and service, we would only trust the running of it to experienced and established personnel. Dan Bolen, a 10-year member of the Macuch family and a 30+ year veteran of the steel industry, and MaryAnne Hill, our wonderful 20+ year Service Center manager are joining together to bring their expert knowledge and professionalism to all aspects of this new venture.
Macuch Steel’s newest department—Steel Convenience Center—is here to serve YOU. Give us a call today!
We’re feeling very optimistic thanks to a new forecast from the Thompson Research Group that predicts 2015 to be the best year for the steel industry since the Great Recession. The main driver behind the improved outlook is the in growth commercial construction. According to the research, developers were not investing in retail projects during the economic downturn, however they are now pursuing more commercial building projects which are creating a greater demand for steel.
These new construction projects are expected to drive growth between 5 and 10 percent in 2015. This growth can also help improve our economy. Domestic steel producers will benefit from an increased demand as well as companies which manufacture, distribute, and install steel.
As a Family of Steel, Macuch Steel can help contractors and construction companies with all their structural steel needs. Our steel service division houses a range of steel products to meet our customers’ needs, including beams, channels, plates, round bar, pipe, and more. We also have our rebar division which fabricates concrete reinforcing steel, smooth dowels, specialty projects, supply welded wire fabric, and bar supports. Additionally, we have our structural steel fabrication, steel erection, and steel stair divisions to provide full service to our clients. To learn more about all our divisions, visit our website. We are also actively posting more company updates and steel industry news on Twitter and LinkedIn.
While there has been modest growth in the construction industry, it remains extremely competitive and deserves its reputation as a “dog-eat-dog” way to make a living. The continued practice of awarding contracts to low bidders reinforces this reputation but also, strangely enough, results in no long-term winners.
In our experience, it has become increasingly difficult to be the low bidder as a material supplier. Anyone can win a bid by submitting a low (but often unrealistic) price. The low bidder may not grasp the complete scope or may deliberately exclude scope from pricing to later increase the contract sum through change orders. Or, as a result of rough economic times, a supplier in survival mode may desperately seek any work for their shop and intentionally drive the low bid.
Many general contractors have learned the hard way that selecting the supplier with the lowest price may get them the job but not necessarily add to their bottom line. Alternatively, the general contractor who selects a supplier with a proven track record of good quality and service ultimately discovers that the bid is truly “firm”, matches scope of work and, therefore, is less expensive.
A quality vendor protects their reputation and that of the general contractor by telling the truth. This vendor will tell the general contractor what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. The vendor may point out that the requested delivery schedule is problematic and overly optimistic due to site conditions (what the contractor needs to hear) versus the low bidder agreeing to an unfeasible delivery schedule (what the contractor wants to hear). Reputations and esteem go down while costs go up when the low bidder misses the agreed schedule. This directly impacts the other trades involved. If a low bidder is replaced mid-stream with a better performing supplier, overall costs are higher than if the General Contractor had selected the quality vendor in the first place.
For Macuch Steel Products, Inc. and our Family of Steel, low-bidding is not part of our strategy. Our strategy is long-term growth built on a practice of providing realistic prices for high quality services and products. Our diligence to protect our reputation will, in turn, protect yours.
Macuch Steel Products, Inc.
According to a recent article in Fierce Healthcare, US hospital construction is booming. States including Ohio, Kansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Maine are all planning hospital construction projects, many which will begin in 2014. The construction and growth is due to assessing the needs of the population and finding a changing demand in healthcare services.
According to the article, New Jersey’s population is aging more rapidly than the rest of the country and is therefore focused on building more outpatient services. In Ohio the state is upgrading its hospitals to better reflect patients’ needs as well as updating to keep pace with advancing science. And other hospitals are expanding to keep up with a growing population.
At Macuch we’re always excited to hear about more construction projects and we suspect that as the economy continues to improve more hospitals will be able to start construction projects, even our neighboring county, Columbia County, is starting the process to build a new hospital. As a full-service steel provider we have helped build hospitals from the ground up, whether it’s providing rebar or our installation services our Family of Steel can handle it all. To learn more about steel services and to view past projects, visit our website.