Ritner Steel Receives Women’s Business Enterprise Council Certification

Ritner Steel, Inc. in Carlisle, Penn. (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator), has received official certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ.

Founded in 1997, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) works to certify and recognize businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the U.S. This national certification places Ritner Steel among the few structural steel fabrication businesses in the country approved by the United States Small Business Administration’s Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program.

To earn the certification, the company underwent a detailed process to validate that the company is 51% or more owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman. From there, the company completed a formal documentation and site visit process administered by a Regional Partner Organization of the WBENC.

Founded by Louis Dorbian in 1948 as Carlisle Steel Supply, Ritner Steel is now managed by CEO Babette Freund, who also serves on AISC’s Board of Directors.

“I am proud of our team accomplishments and excellent management staff which allows us to compete in the steel industry,” said Freund. “This WBENC certification takes our business to the next level, allowing us to take on public projects while continuing to carry on our company’s proud tradition of providing consistency, dedication and value to all of our customers.”

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