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Structural Steel Industry Expands Operations in Florida

December 15, 2006 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

In continuing to support a growing Florida construction market, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has expanded its marketing and technical support efforts throughout the state. AISC has added staff in Florida, the Southeast, and its Chicago headquarters to better serve architects, general contractors, engineers and project owners on their design, development, and construction projects.

Working with steel fabricators and erectors throughout Florida, AISC will work to raise awareness of the many advantages—from design flexibility to cost savings—that structural steel brings to multi-story residential and commercial building projects. AISC will also provide technical assistance, research and education services to Florida architects, general contractors, structural engineers and developers through its Steel Solutions Center.

Roger Ferch, president of AISC, commented, “Expanding our efforts in Florida makes sense from a number of perspectives. Our member fabricators, erectors, and steel service centers are seeing a growing interest in the use of structural steel on residential and commercial projects. This initiative will enable us to better support their efforts to serve their clients. And, with Florida one of the fastest growing construction markets in the U.S., it will also help us in expanding structural steel’s share of that market.”

AISC named Walt Primer to lead the new Florida initiative. With a background that most recently includes work for a geotechnical/environmental firm in Sarasota, Primer is experienced in working with architects, project owners and general contractors. Primer will work closely with Gene Martin, AISC’s Senior Regional Engineer for the Southeast, and Chris Moor, AISC’s Industry Mobilization Director. Noted Primer: “The state of Florida alone accounts for nearly 10% of the country’s construction volume. By working with our fabricators, erectors and service centers to expand their services throughout the state, AISC will help continue the growth in the use of steel already being seen in both the residential and commercial building markets.”

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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