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About Red Cedar Steel

45 years of service with our family name behind our work.

Our Story

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As a skilled ironworker, Larry Hayes dreamed of starting his own steel company. In 1977, he made that dream a reality and started Red Cedar Steel humbly out of his home in Wisconsin. Larry was a one-man show at first – handling everything from estimating to the hands-on work himself. His son, Pete, was 10 years old when the company was founded, and he remembers seeing his dad put his heart and soul into the business.

Pete joined the family business straight out of high school as an ironworker, where he learned the ins and outs of the company and steel erection. After 15 years in the field, Pete joined his father, Larry, in the office and helped with the continued growth of the company.

In 1995, recognizing an opportunity to expand, Larry opened an office in the Milwaukee area to serve the southern region of Wisconsin.

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In 1998, Larry retired, handing over control of the company to Pete. Pete soon expanded the geographical region in which the company operated, moving operations into Minnesota, focusing primarily on the St. Paul and Minneapolis regions.

In 2007, Pete expanded again, opening an office in Phoenix, AZ to serve the southwest United States. His brother, Mike, joined the company in 2011, assuming responsibilities of managing the branch.

Now, 45 years after the business was founded, Red Cedar Steel handles work nationwide, and is consistently ranked among the top 20 steel erectors in the country according to ENR magazine. Over the years, they have expanded the size and scope of projects, recently completing a large manufacturing facility for Lucid Motors in Casa Grande, AZ.

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The Hayes family has dedicated their lives to building a company they can be proud of, with many members of their extended family joining in to help. They’ve built Red Cedar Steel focusing on the principles of honesty and integrity in everything they do, something they attribute their nationwide success to.


Larry Hayes Founds Red Cedar Steel


Larry opens an office in Milwaukee, WI


Larry's son, Pete, takes over as company President and expands operations into MN


Pete expands once again, opening a branch in Phoenix, AZ


Larry's younger son, Mike, joins the company as the Vice President of the Phoenix division


The company expands to several more states, becoming a nationwide erector


The Nation’s Leading AISC Certified Steel Erector

With over four decades of success throughout the country, Red Cedar Steel is founded on strong family values, a safety-first culture, and a dedication to excellence.

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