HISTORY AND COMPANY INFORMATION
Superior Truss & Panel, Inc. is the largest fabricator & erector of light gauge
steel trusses, floor trusses and load bearing wall panels in the United States.
Our first truss was manufactured in 1993 when light gauge steel trusses were made
only of traditional ‘C’ studs and independent structural engineering firms were
used to design and engineer the truss system. The truss business continued to grow
driven mainly by changes in building and fire codes to noncombustible building
In 1996, we entered into an agreement to become a licensed fabricator for the patented
light gauge steel truss system called ‘TrusSteel’ manufactured by Alpine Engineered
Systems. Our volume rapidly grew and we became Alpine’s largest domestic fabricator.
In July of 1999 after an extensive software technical review and detailed
cost comparison between the ‘TrusSteel’ system by Alpine and the ‘UltaSpan’ light gauge
steel truss system manufactured by MiTek Industries, Inc., we decided to change to the
‘UltraSpan’ system by MiTek.
Our analysis concluded that the ‘UltaSpan’ system is more engineering design flexible,
easier to manufacture, easier to install and provided a significant cost advantage to
the building owner.
Our corporate headquarters operates out of a 92,000 square foot building on 10 acres of land
located in Markham, Illinois with easy access to all major interstate systems. This facility
allows ample space to manufacture trusses and wall panels simultaneously with storage space for finished
products waiting for their scheduled delivery and installation. In the continual effort to provide
the highest level of service at the least possible cost, we utilize our own transportation fleet with
CDL drivers as well as providing two truck cranes for loading and installation services.
Since 1996 we will have designed, engineered and manufactured approximately 1,000 buildings, with 165,000
individual roof trusses, ranging in size from small canopies to large complex roof structures with the
largest single project of $1,725,000. Also since 1996 approximately 80 light gauge steel load bearing
wall panel buildings were designed, engineered and manufactured primarily for hotel, nursing homes and
office buildings with the largest being 3 1/2 miles of wall panels for one apartment complex. Our
installation crews installed a large percentage of these projects.
The core of our technical support is comprised by 10 engineer / design professionals who are highly trained
and utilize state of the art computer aided engineering systems to design and engineer all of our roof
trusses, floor trusses and load bearing wall panel systems.
This department is responsible for all estimating, bidding and shop drawings for all projects. Mike Goncher,
Vice President of Design & Engineering, heads this engineering department.
As of January 2006 our manufacturing function has 50 full-time employees who manufacture and deliver the trusses
and wall panel products required by our customers for their construction projects. Bryce Welty, Vice
President of Sales & Manufacturing, along with Marc Richardson, Manufacturing Mangaer, are in charge of
Our full-time journeymen carpenters installation crews are thoroughly trained in the installation techniques
of trusses, wall panels and light gauge steel framing. These installation crews routinely travel to
any project site within 1000 miles of Chicago and are managed by Dennis Pleckham, Vice President of Field
Our significant growth and expansion has come mainly from repeat satisfied customers who receive free design
and budgeting assistance as well as thoroughly engineered and installed truss and / or wall panel systems.
Our primary philosophy is to be provide the highest level of technical and installation service at the
lowest price in the industry.
All marketing functions are handled by Bill Welty, President. All sales
and design build services are handled by Bryce Welty, Vice President of
Sales & Manufacturing, and Paul Stotko, Sales Manager.