Thanks to Our Partners and Employees for Our First 20 Years of Business

Steele Solutions 20th AnniversaryFrom humble beginnings in a construction trailer in 1996, Steele Solutions has grown to become a leading manufacturer of mezzanines, equipment platforms and other steel structures for equipment support, access and storage.

That tremendous growth – recognized in numerous awards noted below – is due to the trust our customers have placed in us, allowing us to truly partner with them in providing the best solutions.

Our incredible employees are another reason for our success. Their dedication to our customer-first approach is outstanding.

We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all who have partnered with us the first 20 years, and now into the next 20 years.

Sincerely, Mike Thelen, Terry Young and Kevin O’Neill

Key Points in Steele Solutions’ First 20 Years in Business

Steele Solutions - first office

Humble Beginnings: Our first office was in a construction trailer.

1996 – Steele Solutions founded by Mike Thelen, Terry Young, Dick Kuchler and Bill Benning. Within the first year Kevin O’Neill joined the ownership team. Company’s original home was in Waukesha, Wis., with Fabrication and Design, Inc., serving as its contract fabricator.

1998 – Recognized as 45th fastest growing companies on Entrepreneur magazine’s “Hot 100” list.

2004 – Moved to current Franklin, Wis., location and brought all fabrication in house.

2006 – “Future 50” award as one of the fastest growing companies in southeastern Wisconsin by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

2007 – 2nd “Future 50” award as one of the fastest growing companies in southeastern Wisconsin by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

2007 – First addition completed to increase office space

2007 – Awarded “Inc. 5000” award by Inc magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

2008 – 3rd “Future 50” award as one of the fastest growing companies in southeastern Wisconsin by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

2008 – Awarded 2nd “Inc. 5000” national award by Inc magazine as one of the fastest growing companies.

2009 – Awarded 3rd “Inc. 5000” national award by Inc magazine as one of the fastest growing companies.

Steele Solutions, Franklin, Wis.

Our Current Main Site: Offices and manufacturing in Franklin, Milwaukee County, Wis.

2011 – 35,000-square-foot addition completed to accommodate powder paint line to streamline the manufacturing process.

2014 – Acquired two additional facilities: 18,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 60th street near our main facility in Franklin, and sales and engineering office in northwest Milwaukee.

2015 – Steele Solutions continues its rapid growth, currently employing more than 100 employees.

2015 – Awarded 4th “Inc. 5000” national award by Inc magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

2016 – In July, Steele Solutions marked 20 years in business.

2017 – August, expanded with addition of Orchard Street facility, serving as additional manufacturing plant and houses technical services including engineering and drafting, sales and administration.

Awards

1998 – Recognized as 45th fastest growing companies on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Hot 100” list.

2006, 2007 and 2008 – Acknowledged with “Future 50” award as one of the fastest growing companies in southeastern Wisconsin by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015 – Awarded “Inc. 5000” national award by Inc magazine as one of the fastest growing companies.

2016, 2017 – Named a “Most Valuable Supplier” by MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association

2017 – Named among southeastern Wisconsin’s “Best Places to Work” by the Milwaukee Business Journal