September 24, 2021

Haskell Steel: ‘Problem-Solvers and Genuine Team Members’

On SteelDay 2021, a tip of the cap to a fabrication team that 'will move heaven and earth' to ensure that Haskell projects stay on time and on budget.


Recently, a Haskell Healthcare Construction project experienced an immediate need for steel fabrication to meet a scheduled deadline. Already operating at full capacity, the team at Haskell Steel found a way to supply and deliver it.

On another occasion, after a befitting from the same sort of over-the-top service, a project manager for a multinational chain of coffeehouses and roasteries reserves saluted Haskell’s steel team on LinkedIn, saying, “We met our tight production goals because these steel fabricators kept their word and delivered on time when no one else could. I appreciate that Haskell in general was a team of problem-solvers and genuine team members.”

The pride is apparent as Ryan Hollister, Vice President of Haskell’s Manufacturing Core, acknowledges the steel shop’s accomplishments.

“Those stories are not unique,” he said. “Those stories occur multiple times a year on different projects where we move heaven and earth to get it done for them.”

The American Institute of Steel Construction has designated September 24 as SteelDay 2021, an annual celebration of the steel industry and an occasion to connect with Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) professionals nationwide.

Haskell takes the chance to celebrate the 50-plus team members who make Haskell Steel a trusted source of steel and start-to-finish project management. But there’s no need to connect those folks with the company’s industry-leading AEC professionals. They’re teammates day in and day out.

“The beauty of having the steel shop is the ease that it places on operational teams, which don’t have to worry about a time-consuming and critical part of designing and building a project,” Haskell Chairman, CEO and President Jim O’Leary said. “There are a lot of synergies between what the shop does and what our engineers do and an understanding of how each side works. And that drives savings, drives schedule and drives quality.”

Haskell Steel has operated as a full-scale fabrication operation for more than 40 years and is one of a host of ways that the company self-performs work to increase certainty of outcome for its clients.

“We can control cost, control schedule, control quality and control customer expectations,” O’Leary said. “We do it by being able to fabricate our own steel. That's the history of it, and I've seen it have tremendous results with our customers because we’re able to meet all those particular needs. They know that we're controlling it, that it's not a third party we're trying to manage but that it's part of who Haskell is. It's part of the critical path, and they know it can be, and often is, more cost-effective.”

As is the case across the company, innovation and entrepreneurship are alive and well at the steel shop. It uses cutting-edge equipment and produces steel for external customers as well as Haskell projects. Increasingly, it has grown its operation to create repeatable modular components.

But the vast majority of its production, and by far its primary purpose, is contributing to the integrated delivery model that has made Haskell an AEC leader.

“Realistically, our No. 1 customer has been and always will be Haskell,” Hollister said. “External work is great. External work keeps our saw sharp, and external work is a diversification method. But why did Preston Haskell create steel services, Haskell Steel? It was not because he wanted to create a new business line. He did it because he had a product here in project delivery, and he wanted to best serve those clients.

“At the end of the day, our customers’ success is Haskell’s success. We're going to do everything we can to make our projects work.”

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Haskell delivers $2± billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 2,200 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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