Steele Solutions to double size of plant, add 30 employees

Franklin-based Steele Solutions Inc. announced that it plans to nearly double the size of its manufacturing plant.
The company says it needs to expand to meet rising demand for its products. The company manufactures steel structures, including mezzanines, equipment platforms, towers, catwalks, crossovers, stairways, safety gates and rails, and other accessories. The structures are used in the material handling, distribution and warehousing sectors, as well as in other industrial, commercial and military settings.
"This addition will let us handle the expanding needs of our existing customers and offer our creative design for equipment support and storage solutions to a greater number of customers in more markets," said Michael Thelen, company president.
The project will add 35,000 square feet of space to the facility at 9909 S. 57th St. in the Franklin Business Park. Once complete, the facility will have about 80,000 square feet of total space. Construction is expected to begin this month.
The expanded operations are likely to lead to hiring of up to 30 workers over the next two years, Thelen said. The company currently has 53 employees.
"We’ve grown every year since the company was founded in 1996, and growth the last two years has been especially robust, despite the recession," said Kevin O’Neill, vice president-sales and marketing for Steele Solutions. "We attribute that growth to the unparalleled level of timely attention we give to every project and every customer, and to our expanded nationwide dealer team which shares our commitment to customer service in mezzanine systems."
Skyline Development of Milwaukee will serve as general contractor on the construction project.
This will be the fourth expansion project for Steele Solutions.
"We’ve had a consistent pattern of growth in business that has required us to expand our physical plant and offices to handle that growth," Thelen said. "As we’ve grown, we’ve invested in technology and equipment that has helped us be more productive and enhance our already high level of quality in mezzanines and other steel structures."

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