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 & Builder’s Supplies, Inc.
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.
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
2018 Projects to Date
Pounds of Steel Fabricated
What We Do
- Pre-Construction Services
- Design and Build
- 3D BIM Virtual Design
- Projects up to 1,000 tons
- Stairs & Handrails
- Mezzanines & Platforms
- MEP Support
- 3D Modeling
- Metal Forming
- Oxy Fuel Cutting
- AWS Certified Welders
Take a look at some of our most recent projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author: Chad Livengood, Crain's Detroit Business About eight years ago, Ideal Group's Loren Venegas took a dozen of his family-run company's Ideal Shield plastic-sleeved bumper posts to a sales pitch meeting with Huntington Bank. Most of the steel barriers the Detroit...read more
With the start of every new year comes a new slate and new opportunities. At Ideal Steel, to kick off 2018, we’re planning on taking advantage of the new year by making some large and important shop renovations. Looking to streamline the production flow, increase...read more
DETROIT, MI – Thirty four years ago Frank Venegas, Jr. won a Cadillac in a car draw, sold it nine days later and started Ideal Steel. Today, he is chairman and CEO of Ideal Group, a $200 million multi-tiered company that employs 250 people in Southwest Detroit. And...read more