Structural Steel & Precast Concrete Contractors Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry erect and assemble structural steel and precast concrete components; they may also assemble and install steel reinforcing bar (rebar) and steel rods, mesh, and cages for the reinforcing of poured-in-place concrete. Major US companies include Baker Concrete Construction, CP Buckner Steel Erection, DBM Global, High Industries, and Lexicon.

China and the US are among the world's largest markets for construction, including structural steel and precast concrete contracting. Other major markets include Japan, Germany, Spain, and France. Major growth markets in countries such as India, as urbanization continues.

The US industry includes about 3,600 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $15 billion.

Poured concrete foundation and structure contractors are covered in a separate industry profile.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Demand is driven by residential, commercial, and government-funded construction activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on accurate cost estimation and efficient project management. Large companies have economies of scale in marketing and purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing.

PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY

Major projects of steel and precast concrete contractors include construction services of new office buildings and other new nonresidential buildings, both accounting for about 20% of industry revenue. In addition, projects also include construction services for stores, industrial warehouses, and factories, all about 10%, each. Other project includes construction services for bridges and institutional buildings.

Structural steel contractors use steel components such as horizontal beams and ...

 
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