MINSTER — Kard Group, 480 Osterloh Road, is certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) to have the personnel, organization, experience, capability and commitment to meet the requirements of the Steel Building Structures and Simple Steel Bridges and Major Steel Bridge and Bridge and Highway Metal Component categories with Fracture Critical Endorsement and Sophisticated Paint Coating Endorsement-Enclosed as set forth by the AISC Certification Program.
“AISC Certification sets the quality standard for the steel industry and is the most recognized national Certification program for the structural steel industry. Companies that are AISC Certified have been through a rigorous initial evaluation, and are subject to annual reviews. Kard has again went through the certification process for the Major Steel Bridge-Advanced Bridge certification so that we could essentially build any bridge in the United States,” said Jason Osterloh, estimating/sales manager.
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Heading into 2016, the commercial and industrial market for structural steel has been very slow from previous years while the bridge market is still going strong with State bid lettings about every week. Kard is optimistic for 2016 and has a great deal of work on the books already all the way through the end of 2017.
A couple key projects that Egypt Structural fabricated in 2015 were 125 heavy columns for Chicago & Main (a nine-story mixed use development building) in Evanston, Illinois. Egypt also fabricated approximately 250,000 pounds of steel beams for Ash Brokerage office building in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Several key projects that Kard Bridge finished in 2015 were for Ohio Department of Transportation projects on I-75 North (between Findlay and Toledo) 100 beams for a total weight of 1,459,300 pounds (or 35 semi loads). Also Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we fabricated a total of 69 plate girders for a total weight of 1,255,100 pounds (or 30 semi loads).
Several projects that we will be fabricating this year will be 24pc Beams (370,000 pounds) and 58 plate girders (1,247,000 pounds) for ODOT-Montgomery County, city of Dayton (I-75 and U.S. 35 interchange project), 40 beams (614,000 pounds) for ODOT-Franklin County, city of Columbus (I-70 project), and 25 beams (446,000 pounds) for ODOT-Mahoning County, city of Youngstown (I-680 project).
Kard recently purchased a mobile gantry crane with a lifting capacity of 50 ton (100,000 pounds) at one time. This crane can drive around our storage yard and straddle over the piece of steel that we want and lift it and drive right into our building. This crane is also tall enough to drive over top of a semi-trailer and load or unload a whole trailer load of steel at one time.
Kard right now is working in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia regularly. Kard has done work in the past for the states of North Dakota, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Missouri. We are adding Virginia to our bidding list this year and also looking to branch out to a few other states.
Kard is interested in working with any individual person or contractor that may need structural steel to complete their projects. Whether it would be one piece or thousands of pieces give us a call. Please take a look at our website www.kardwelding.com for more info on what we can help you with.
Kard’s success through the past years has been due to our employees in taking pride in the projects that we’ve fabricated here at Kard. Throughout the year 2015, we averaged 50 to 55 hours per week and expect to work at least the same or more in 2016.