We Are Steel

Steel fabrication solutions to fit the needs of any project.

We Are Steel

Steel fabrication solutions to fit the needs of any project.

Our History

Originally started back in 1979, Ideal Steel was the original member of the Ideal Group.

But it all started with a little bit of luck…

Frank Venegas, Jr. won a 1979 Cadillac Coupe deVille at the raffle during Livingston County Builders Gala Dinner Dance. After cruising in his new Cadillac for nine days, Frank decided to sell his prize car to start Ideal Steel & Builders Supplies, LLC.

Ideal Steel started off focusing mainly on house beams, steel I-beams, culverts, and columns for residential homes before moving into the small commercial industry.

Today, the family-owned, Southwest Detroit staple continues to work on projects of all sizes around the state of Michigan and the United States.

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Thanks to our trustworthy staff being experienced in 3D modeling, metal forming, cambering, rolling, plasma, oxy fuel cutting, and our welders being AWS certified, we offer a wide range of structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication solutions to fit the needs of any project.

As for the Ideal Group, Steel’s success over the years helped grow the group into six award winning companies with worldwide reach.

Years of Experience

2017 Projects to Date

Tons of Steel Fabricated

Services

What We Do

Structural Steel

  • Pre-Construction Services
  • Design and Build
  • 3D BIM Virtual Design
  • Projects up to 500 tons

Miscellaneous Steel

  • Reinforcing
  • Stairs & Handrails
  • Mezzanines & Platforms
  • Guardrails
  • Ladders
  • MEP Support
  • Ornamental

Team Expertise

  • 3D Modeling
  • Metal Forming
  • Cambering
  • Rolling
  • Plasma
  • Oxy Fuel Cutting
  • AWS Certified Welders

Our Work

Take a look at some of our most recent projects.

OUR TEAM

Frank Venegas

Owner and Founder
Started in 1979
fvenegas@weareideal.com
313-359-8081

Rachael Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
Started in 1996
rjohnson@weareideal.com
313-359-8081

Joe Cusumano

Division Manager
Started in 2015
jcusumano@idealsteel.com
313-551-2287

Abel Gutierrez

Senior Plant Manager
Started in 1995
agutierrez@idealshield.com
313-551-2276

Hector Remero

Plant Manager
Started in 2017
hromero@idealsteel.com
313-551-2287

Anthony Santori

Project Manager
Started in 2010
tsantori@idealshield.com
313-551-2285

Stephen Pedley

Project Manager
Started in 2014
s.pedley@idealsteel.com
313-551-2294

Steve Novicki

Material Processing & Purchaser 
Started in 2012
snovicki@idealsteel.com
313-551-2273

Carl Okalski

Estimator
Started in 2017
cokalski@idealsteel.com
313-551-2287

Trevor Gruden

Project Accountant
Started in 2013
tgruden@weareideal.com
313-359-8081

Garrett Fishaw

Marketing Manager
Started in 2016
gfishaw@weareideal.com
313-359-8081

SAFETY

For Ideal Group, Safety Comes in Cans: “I Can, You Can, We Can”

The Safety Comes in Cans program identifies workplace and program safety hazards while positively reinforcing good safety behaviors and urging continuous improvements.

I CAN

Each Ideal Steel team member is held to the highest level of safety standards; and undergoes extensive training to enforce a safe working environment, while maintaining an active knowledge of the hazards they may face in the workplace.

YOU CAN

Ideal Steel works closely with all stakeholders to identify hazards prior to beginning a project. We also communicate closely with our customers in regards to program safety requirements and standards to ensure that our services are being executed efficiently and safely.

WE CAN

Ideal Steel makes work sites safe for all stakeholders. We surpass safety requirements and exceed industry safety standards on every location due to our commitment to quality, efficiency, and program safety.

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Trusses in place for Little Caesars Arena atrium

Iron Workers Local 25 and Detroit-based Ideal Contracting LLC finished work on steel trusses that span the walkway surrounding the Little Caesars Arena bowl, The District Detroit announced Thursday. Installation of the trusses started the week of Feb. 1, with crews...

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