January 2012

Hillsdale Fabricators' Long, Proud Steel Fabricating History

Hillsdale Fabricators has been fabricating and erecting structural steel and industrial ductwork since 1958 as a division of Alberici Constructors, one of the largest and most respected general contractors in North America. The steel division was created in St. Louis, Missouri when a steel supplier began falling behind schedule thus putting Alberici's reputation of rock-solid reliability at risk. Alberici paid for the steel detailing and fabricated the steel by hand in its own warehouse. Ultimately, the project was completed five days ahead of schedule, and Alberici established itself as a steel fabricator.

For many years, Hillsdale was strictly a support division for Alberici, an arrangement spurring Hillsdale's growth as one of most varied and well-managed steel shops in the industry. Its alignment with Alberici forced Hillsdale to broaden its fabrication capabilities as the types of projects that went through the shop were constantly changing. The Alberici influence fostered Hillsdale's general contractor-like culture, which lends to superior project management and planning of the work beyond delivery of the steel.

The legacy of this history has led to Hillsdale's diverse competencies across multiple markets. Today, Hillsdale provides steel fabrication services to the fossil power, stadium, petrochemical and industrial, heavy civil and government, transportation, healthcare and commercial building, nuclear power, and automotive industries. Hillsdale is an accomplished fabricator of structural beam and column steel, long-span trusses and various types of plate fabrication and ductwork. Hillsdale is an AISC-certified company for steel building structures, simple and major steel bridges, and has the fracture critical and sophisticated paint coating endorsements. Hillsdale Fabricators is also CWB-certified in Division 1 of CSA Standard W47.1 for steel work in Canada.

The majority of steel fabrication occurs in Hillsdale's 250,000 square-foot shop on a 60-acre property in St. Louis, which includes a 40,000 square-foot paint shop. Hillsdale also operates a river yard on the Mississippi River at Mile Marker 185 in St. Louis. This location allows Hillsdale to preassemble steel and ship via barge to applicable project sites. When practical, other trades will work onsite to perform their work prior to the structure being shipped. Allowing work to take place in a more controlled environment contributes to efficiency and safety and will typically save the overall project money. Other steel fabricators have shipped steel to this yard to be assembled and barged to their customers, a service Hillsdale is ready to accommodate when schedule allows

A separate steel erection division, Hillsdale Structures LP based in Burlington, Ontario, was established in 2003 to expand Alberici's steel erection capabilities into new markets. Hillsdale Structures sources fabrication from local fabricators or from the St. Louis facility depending upon complexity of the work and what will best serve the client. Hillsdale Structures has quickly become one of the leading structural steel erectors in Ontario and is increasing its presence in other provinces as well.

Despite Hillsdale Fabricators' impressive resume of large landmark projects, the company had long worked "under the radar." Although a proven fabricator for 50-plus years, Hillsdale was an unknown entity to the majority of the construction industry until about ten years ago. Alberici's management team, led by John Alberici and Greg Kozicz, decided the health and growth of the steel division would require that it seek work outside of Alberici. With a strong marketing push and 10 years of delivering successful projects to new clients under its belt, Hillsdale has become a "go-to" fabricator for many of the top builders in North America.

Like its parent company, Alberici Constructors, Hillsdale Fabricators has never failed to complete, been terminated for cause or failed to perform on any project under contract. Financial strength is evident by its bonding capacity of $1.5B. With many demanding projects completed successfully, Hillsdale Fabricators, along with the ironworkers' superior craftmanship, will continue to deliver quality steel fabrication on time and on budget.