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Top Metal Builders for 2013

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TMB MapThe Top Metal Builders for 2013 show the metal building industry is continuing to rebound and show positive growth. We've seen increases in both the average tonnage and average square footage built over the last few years, and this year is no exception. Not only are the top 100 metal builders increasing the number of projects they're doing, they are also increasing the size of the projects, indicating a strong, positive growth in the industry.

Our list is broken into two segments. We report the largest companies by tonnage of steel purchased on one list. And the 100 largest companies by square footage of metal building construction put in place on the second list. This year, both lists total 113 companies.

One element of compiling this list that has become increasingly challenging is determining which companies are doing what. There seems to be some consolidation up and down the supply chain that may have taken place during the recent construction slowdown. Companies that formerly were only building erectors may also now be working as general contractors. We also see some companies moving toward a more independent status, representing more than one manufacturer.

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Complete List of Companies
Top 100 Companies Ranked by Tonnage
Top 100 Companies Ranked by Square Footage
Map of Top 100 by Tonnage
Map of Top 100 by Square Footage

We're also seeing smaller dealers who are offering either installation services themselves or doing so with qualified or recommended contractor bases. This movement and potential consolidation of the industry will be interesting to watch in future studies.

In spite of that kind of churning, we also see greater stability in the list, with the same companies appearing year after year after year. That's not unusual in top performer lists such as Top Metal Builders. The more sophisticated companies tend to land more and larger projects. Their size alone makes them more stable, and they have devoted significant capital to metal building construction so are unlikely to veer away from it. It would be surprising, to see significant change on the list.

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Fun Facts:

Average Tonnage 2012: 1,353.3 tons
Average Tonnage 2013: 1,712.2 tons
Percent Increase: 26.6 percent
Average Square Footage 2012: 364,818 square feet
Average Square Footage 2013: 473,057 square feet
Percent Increase: 29.7 percent
Company with the largest ranking increase in tonnage from 2012 to 2013: Met-Con Construction, Faribault, Minn. (70 places)
Company with the largest ranking increase in square footage from 2012 to 2013: Met-Con Construction (79 places)
Company with the largest percent increase in tonnage from 2012 to 2013: Branch Daffan, Manassas, Va. (4,380 percent)
Company with the largest actual increase in tonnage from 2012 to 2013: Span Construction & Engineering Inc., Madera, Calif. (3,271 tons)
Company with the largest percent increase in square footage from 2012 to 2013: Central Contracting Inc., St. Albans, W.Va. (1,625 percent)
Company with the largest actual increase in square footage from 2012 to 2013: SEA CON LLC, Issaquah, Wash. (3,954,150 square feet)
Oldest company:Dunn Building Co., Birmingham, Ala. (Founded 1878)
Newest company: Moltus Building Group, Midland, Mich. (Founded 2013)